About Academic Computing Services

Mission Statement (2009):

Academic Computing Services provides leadership and expertise in instructional technologies for Vassar College. ACS works with Vassar faculty, students and other college constituencies towards the purposeful integration of digital technologies and new media into the college curriculum.

Academic Computing Services is committed to:
– Consulting with faculty members about instructional technology needs
– Collaborating with faculty members on curricular design and scholarly work
– Providing instruction on the use of technologies for teaching and learning
– Managing the design, production and assessment of long term academic projects
– Exploring and promoting best practices for teaching with technology
– Advocating for faculty needs within Computing and Information Services

Vision Statement: the long-term impact of accomplishing our mission (2011):

Building on Vassar’s tradition of teaching and learning in an intimate setting, as well as its important focus on interdisciplinary connections, learning technologies will increasingly enhance the rich academic experience of the college community.

We envision a future in which the process of curricular development at Vassar takes place as a collaboration among faculty, educational technologists, librarians, and pedagogy specialists. As learning technologies become widespread, the effort of identifying, implementing, and assessing the purposeful use of these tools will require the involvement of all participants. This approach will help create a campus culture of sharing and cooperation.

Digital technologies are transforming the nature of scholarly work in a fundamental way. Recognizing this, educational technologists will focus on developing a high level of digital literacy in our academic community, particularly the ability to create, share and evaluate information using learning technologies.

By fostering the use of tools and practices that suit the liberal arts paradigm, Vassar will become a model for the integration of technology and education.


Recent Posts

Creative Design & Technology Workshops Spring 2023

In addition to our normal workshops this semester, we are also adding a six-part graphic design workshop series.

Improving Digital Photos (Graphic Design Workshop Series)

Wednesday, January 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Sci Vis Lab, BLS 101image with adjustments being made

Learn how to take your digital photos to the next level. We will show you how to improve the quality of a picture by tweaking the exposure, adjusting the color balance, configuring the sharpness, cropping, and applying various effects. Led by Karly Andreassen & Amy Laughlin of Academic Computing Services.

Designing Fliers (Graphic Design Workshop Series)graphic design icon

Wednesday, February 1, 12:00 -1:00 pm, Sci Vis Lab, BLS 101

Do you need to promo an event or org? Learn tools and techniques to make your fliers more appealing and effective. Led by Karly Andreassen & Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Creating Digital Collages  (Graphic Design Workshop Series)

Collagerator_collagWednesday, February 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Sci Vis Lab, BLS 101

We will learn the basics of creating digital collages. Learn how to brainstorm and develop an artistic concept. We will enliven that idea in the digital realm using transparency, blur, cloning and other techniques to create collages. Led by Karly Andreassen & Amy Laughlin of Academic Computing Services.

Intro to Audio Recording and Campus Resourceshappy vassar students recording

Friday, February 10, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Main Library Electronic Classroom

Planning to record voice or music and you have never done it before? Interested in podcasting? Perhaps you have an interview you need to edit and share? We’ll review free and cross-platform tools and review resources for audio production. We’ll conclude by visiting the audio nook and the studio in the basement of Chicago Hall. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Campus Resources for Building Websites  (Graphic Design Workshop Series)

crane building a web page free image from pixabayWednesday, February 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Zoom – Need a website? We will review the options you have available to you as a member of the Vassar Community. We’ll also cover our new resource : vassarspaces.net – where we empower users to become sys admins and install their own apps (WordPress, Scalar, Omeka and more!). Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services and Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. Register: https://vassar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpcO-tqjouE9OFr-29x5tsTkEQOnaJPyyT

Intro to Typography  (Graphic Design Workshop Series)

Wednesday, February 22, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Sci Vis Lab, BLS 101choosing type at a computer

We all use type but it it is an often overlooked fundamental tool in graphic design. We’ll examine the what makes a character and explore the anatomies and characteristics  of fonts, typefaces, and families. We will examine how font choices affect line, paragraph and layout. We will empower you to make informed font choices for your design projects. Led by Karly Andreassen of Academic Computing Services.

Intro to the Vassar College Libraries Digital Library

1912 vassar library with neon glow

Wednesday, February 22, 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Zoom 

In July of 2022 Vassar College Libraries launched the new and improved Digital Library. This resource has been greatly expanded from its predecessor to now include not only digital collections but also Finding Aids, Vassar Scholarship, and the Herbarium. Join us for a tour of the system followed by a Q&A. The tour will include tips on how to find what you need for your research and how to submit your work to the Vassar Scholarship repository. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services.
Registration Link: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/10230020?hs=a 

Making GIFs and Memes (Graphic Design Workshop Series)

dog meme with sunglassesWednesday, March 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Sci Vis Lab, BLS 101

We’re all used to seeing GIFs and memes but not all of us know how to make them. Learn how to create your own animated GIFs. We will also do some hands-on meme creation and editing. Led by Karly Andreassen & Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Intro to Scalar

scalar logoWednesday, March 22, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Zoom)

Scalar is an open source, web-based publishing software from the University of Southern California’s Alliance for Networking Visual Culture that allows you to create networked, multi-media online publications.This workshop will begin with the basics of installation along with creating accounts, projects, and content path. It will also cover the management and inclusion of media, such as images and video. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. Registration Link: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/10230025?hs=a 

 Intro to Omeka

Wednesday, March 29, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Zoom)omeka logo

Omeka is a free, open-source content management system for online digital collections that allows users to publish and exhibit scholarly collections and cultural heritage objects. This workshop will begin with the basics of creating an account and installing Omeka and its associated plugins. The most useful plugins and best practices for their use will be covered along with theming and site customization. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. 

Registration Link: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/10230027?hs=a 

Intro to Digital Storytelling and Video Editing 

digital storytelling graphicWednesday, April 19, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Main Library Electronic Classroom

Do you want to tell a digital story? Would you like to learn video editing or how to do a professional sounding voiceover? Come to our hands-on workshop and get the basics. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

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