About this blog

Welcome to Techademia, a site where the Academic Computing Consultants at Vassar College write about technology and teaching.

This blog will be about our teaching and your teaching. We envision this site as a place where we hope to do a little teaching, about things that may be too new or obscure to have caught your notice. At the same time, these writings will  focus on teaching at the college level, while highlighting ways in which technology can enhance— or even revolutionize— that teaching.

Every faculty member that I’ve met at Vassar is wholly committed to his or her teaching. Many tell me that they’re really interested in one technology or another that might help their students to understand their course materials better. But they’re also really, really busy and can rarely find the time to take workshops or tinker around with new devices or programs.

We hope that his blog will provide a way for you to fit a little bit of this learning into your busy schedule. We aim to generate new postings each week, on various topics related to teaching with technology. Those topics will range from descriptions of very specific gadgets to discussions of pedagogical approaches. Some will be specific to Vassar, while others will be more generic.

The primary contributors will be the four members of Vassar’s Academic Computing Services (ACS) group. (If you’d like to know more about us, see the authors’ profiles, at the top of the page.) We may have occasional guest contributors as well, and we invite anyone in the Vassar community to comment on what they read.

Looking forward to some interesting discussions,

Steve

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Technology Workshops Fall 2022

Intro to Moodle moodle icon

Friday, September 2, 10:00 – 11:00 am on Zoom

Intended for instructors who are new to using Moodle (though others are welcome as well). Led by Steve Taylor of Academic Computing Resources. https://vassar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuc-GurjgsHdBICegCb5Nn-g94fCZrxdUT

 

Sci-Vis Open Sessions: Working with Blender 3D

First session: Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 – 4:00 pm BLS 101 (the Sci-Vis Lab) 

Meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

blender community badgeBlender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animation, art, visual effects, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, VR, and computer games. Participants will receive an introduction to the new interface of Blender 3.0 during the first week, and get access to high-powered desktop computers to work through personal 3D modeling projects in a communal setting.

Led by Karly Andreassen of Academic Computing Services, please email kandreassen@vassar.edu in order to share your interest in this weekly workshop series, or for general information on getting started with 3D modeling.

 

Innovation Lab Open Sessions: Intro to 3D printing

First session: Wednesday, September 14, 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Vassar Innovation Lab3d printer creative commons

Drop-in every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Learn the software and tools involved in 3D printing and see how 3D printers work. Participants will learn the workflows involved in sending print jobs to the 3D printers in the Innovation Lab. Bring your own 3D models from the Blender modeling class or learn how to find 3D objects online. Led by Chad Fust of Academic Computing Services.

 

Moodle Accessibility Toolkit

Friday, September 16, 10:00 – 11:00 am on Zoom

We are adding new accessibility tools to Moodle. Students will be able to accesswebsite accessibility alternative formats for their Moodle materials, and instructors will be able to evaluate the accessibility of their Moodle sites and fix any identified issues. This workshop will demonstrate those tools to you. Led by Steve Taylor of Academic Computing Resources.

https://vassar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuce2prjMoHtCTL2ifi2FRm_FM3Dk7j0rN

 

Campus Resources for Building Websites

crane building a web page free image from pixabayWednesday, September 21, 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Zoom 

Need a website? Before you pay for hosting and support off-campus, let’s review the resources you have available to you as a member of the Vassar Community. We’ll provide an overview of Google Sites, pages.vassar.edu, and 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/tJYsd-irrTwpH9XvMsUM870dJZh_dhwDPEKY

happy vassar students recording

Intro to Audio Recording and Campus Resources

Wednesday, September 28, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, 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.

 

Intro to Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Friday, October 7, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Taylor Hall 318stop motion lab of VCU libraries from their flickr

Interested in Stop-motion animation? Come learn about Dragonframe animation software. Discover how to access campus resources such as cameras and studio space available to you to make your stop-motion film.

During this workshop I will be showing some stop-motion examples and demonstrating the basics of starting a project in Dragonframe. Please email Amy Laughlin ( amlaughlin@vassar.edu ) to reserve a space in the class. 

Intro to Omeka

Wednesday, October 26, 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Zoom

Omeka is a free, open-source content management system for online digital collectionsomeka logo 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 Register: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/9537514 

Intro to Digital Storytelling and Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro icon, desktop and cameraWednesday, November 2, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Main Library Electronic Classroom

Interested in learning video editing or recording a narrated presentation? Come to this hands-on workshop where you will learn to use Apple’s powerful but easy to use video editing software. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Intro to Scalar 

Wednesday Nov. 9th 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Zoom 

scalar logoScalar 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.Register: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/9537517

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