Getting Ready for Fall 2014

This message was sent to the faculty list on August 25, 20134

Dear Faculty,
We hope you had a wonderful summer. We made many improvements this summer and want to share some information that might help you this coming fall semester.

Classroom AV
All classrooms have a built-in computer with updated software and an AV projection system. This summer we upgraded the AV systems in Stokes 010, 014, 016, 018, 102 and in KINSC H011, H012, H204, L205, and L309.  These classrooms now have widescreen and high resolution projectors and digital HDMI connectivity.  Please check the updated classroom technology page.

  • Built-in camera
    Stokes 010, 016 and KINSC H109 now has a built-in camera, which makes it easy to record live video of your classroom and lecture. It can also be utilized for Skype and similar conferencing software, running on the classroom computer. Please consider using these rooms when planning guest talks that need to be recorded.
  • SMART Podium (interactive pen display)
    SMART Podium, which allows you to annotate over your computer presentation, is now available in KINSC H109, Chase Auditorium, Sharpless Auditorium, Stokes 004, Stokes 010, and Stokes 016.
  • Interactive Whiteboard Projector
    In KINSC L205 and L309, we installed Epson Brightlink Interactive projector, which allows you to digitally annotate over the projected image with either an electronic stylus or your finger.
  • VHS videotape players
    Very few classrooms now have VHS video tape players.  Please contact your library bibliographer or Norm Medeiros, who can help you either to purchase a DVD or a streaming copy.

Panopto (Lecture Capture System)
We made the process simpler. Now, as soon as you stop recording, you can log out the computer. The recording will be uploaded to your Moodle course in the background. Watch this getting started video.

Wireless projection for iPads and Macbook
Now, you can project your iPad or Macbook wirelessly with the regular wireless network, Haverford-Secure in the classrooms. Watch this getting started video. Don’t forget to turn off Auto Lock of your iPad (Settings>General>Auto-Lock > Never). Please take advantage of “iPads to go” program.

Clickers (student response system)
Faculty and students can keep clickers for the entire semester. Clickers are great for formative assessments. Watch this getting started video. You can read how our faculty are using clickers in our blog. (online training library) is available to everyone at Haverford this academic year.  Your students can learn any software outside the class with Go to and login with your username and password or go to the IITS website for information.

Qualtrics (online survey software)
Now you can login Qualtrics with your username and password. Go to and login with your username and password or go to IITS website for more information. You might find this tool useful for your research.

Moodle (Learning Management System)
All the fall 2014 course shells are available on Please see our separate mailing with important information about setting up your courses and ensuring student access.

Kaltura (Video Platform)
If you want to share video resources inside Moodle, please use Kaltura. In addition, this semester, we are piloting Media Space by Kaltura for easy video projects sharing. Here is the blog article about it.

Digital Media support
We are happy to work with you to incorporate digital media into your curriculum. We created modules to give you some ideas what kinds of digital media support you can expect from us.

Teaching Labs – Stokes 205 (ITC) and Stokes 004
Both Stokes 205 (ITC) and Stokes 004 have 30 computers and can be reserved for your classes.

Please email the Instructional Technology Services, IITS ( for feedback, questions, individual consultations, and training sessions.

Have a great academic year.

Instructional Technology Services, IITS

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Getting Ready for Fall 2014 – Moodle

This email was set to the faculty list on August 25, 2014.

Dear Faculty,

As you prepare for the Fall semester, you may find the below Moodle information helpful. You will find important information about enrollments, guest access, course availability, student photo rosters, and access for trico students. Answers are summarized below and addressed more fully in the Moodle FAQ for Faculty, available from our Moodle help web page.

Course Availability — F14 Courses

By default, course availability is OFF.  You must turn on course availability for students to see your course.

  1. In course administration, go to Edit settings.

  2. Change Visible to Show.

  3. Scroll to the bottom and click save changes.

Course Enrollments and Photo Rosters
Students are automatically enrolled from the BIONIC database into Moodle. You can see a photo roster using the Participants link in People block of your Moodle courses. Photos will be uploaded during the first or second week of class.

Guest Access
By default, guest access is turned ON. We will turn guest access OFF after drop/add ends. We will let you know when that happens. However, you can turn guest access off now in course administration–> edit settings–>allow guest access.

Cross-listed Courses
If you have a cross-listed course, put your materials in the primary section. If you are unsure which section is the primary, check with the registrar.

Multiple Sections of the Same Course
If you teach a course with multiple sections, you have the option of how you want to use Moodle for those sections. You can put materials in a “combined” shell, or use the individual shells. Please read Moodle Options for Course with Multiple Sections: Combined Courses for details.

Course Availability — Previous Semester Courses
We have updated our policy on archiving Moodle courses. You can find courses taught between Fall 2011 and Spring 2014 on If you wish to use materials from those course, follow the instructions for Moodle – Backup, Restore, and Import to copy materials into your current course shells. We are also happy to transfer materials for you.

Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Students
Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore students should log on at their home schools, or, and click on the link to “Haverford Moodle.”

New course: Using Moodle for Active Learning
In addition to uploading reading materials, you can use Moodle to create, organize, and manage a variety of student activities. We created a Moodle course “Moodle for Active Learning.” Enroll yourself and try out some activities. You’ll learn a lot and may even have some fun.

Moodle Supported Work Time
We are offering Moodle supported work time on Friday, August 29th to get you started with Moodle. Come to the ITC (Stokes 205)  between 9-11am, and 2-4pm and design your courses in Moodle with our support. Of course, you can get Moodle support other times too.

Online tutorials and general information
See the Moodle page on the IITS website.

More Help?
The IITS Instructional Technology Services, along with the circulation and reference librarians, are happy to help you. Email or use the more detailed contact information linked below. (

Have a great semester!
Instructional Technology Services, IITS

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Hello Haverford College!

I’m a relatively new member of the Instructional Technology Services (ITS) team and I wanted to say hi. My job title is Instructional Technology Specialist, and I’m here to help you with any and all of your educational technology needs. Upma dorking out in Google Glass

For most of the last decade I spent my time working as a video producer/editor. More recently I’ve been delving into web design, web development, user experience design and, of course, my new favorite — educational technology.

Over the next few months I’ll be blogging, workshopping and one-on-one-ing with you about subjects, such as social media, iPad apps, Google Glass and other technologies that currently exist on campus.

If you’re thinking about a blended learning approach, and/or flipping your classroom but don’t know where to start, come talk to us in ITS! We’ll get a good sense of what your needs are and discuss available options to make your class time more efficient for both you and your students.

Some possibilities you might consider:

  • Panopto: capture your in-class lectures
  • WordPress: create a website for your class or maintain a group blog as a discussion forum
  • use this service as supplemental “reading”
  • A classroom response system, AKA “clickers”: to gain instant data on student progress in class

And when you’re ready to create digital teaching materials, we’ll work together to ensure pedagogically sound teaching materials.

Please don’t hesitate to drop by Stokes 205A to speak with me, or feel free to email me anytime. Cheers!

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Media Space by Kaltura

Instructional Technology Services is launching a pilot service for the Haverford Community, a new digital media platform called MediaSpace by Kaltura. MediaSpace allows faculty and departments to create private and public areas to share video work. You can think of it as Haverford’s own collaborative YouTube service.

Private areas are called Channels, which allow students to submit rough and final drafts of digital media assignments, and lets other participants in the class or group to comment on their peer’s work. Public facing areas are called Galleries, which allow people to showcase work for everyone. We have a few examples up on the site right now, courtesy of Professor Jeff Tecosky-Feldman (Math) and  his students. These are videos they produced this summer and will be used in Professor Jeff Tecosky-Feldman’s calculus course this fall. Here is his channel.

This fall, we are planning to work with a few groups and classes to test its functionality. Expect a presentation on its uses at the end of the semester. If you have any other questions about Media Space email the Instructional Technology Services:

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New Media Consortium

This past month, I had the opportunity to attend the New Media Consortium’s annual conference to discuss and learn about how new media is being used in the educational environment ( Here is what I heard:

Jason Ohler gave the opening Keynote on current digital trends and our relationship to present and future technologies. Trends of note: Big Data, Augmented Reality, The Semantic Web, Extreme BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and Transmedia Storytelling

Here is a link to his website to see more about what he does: (

-Another big announcement made at the opening plenary was that Autodesk was making their entire fleet of software free for educational use. All one has to do is visit their site ( to create an account and you can download any one of their vast fleet of powerful creative software.

Pro-Desk has set up an institutional account with them, so if you wish to add their software to your computer lab for student use, please contact them.

-One of the two big trends that I encountered while at the conference was the rise of gaming and gamification in the classroom. One impressive example came from North Carolina State University in the form of an instructional Equine Science game for students called “The Mane Event” (

Cathi Dunnagan, an Instructional Designer at NCSU was asked to help develop an app or program for the Equine Science class that was being taught at the school. The presenter put together a team of students and faculty (including the person teaching the class) and spent roughly 2 years creating the game. Their goal was to create a professional looking game that delves into every facet of caring for a horse, including anatomy, biology, feeding schedule, cleaning, etc.)

-The other big trend on display at the conference was the prevalence of 3D printers in educational institutions. One such place, Saint Joseph’s Academy in Louisiana offers 3D printing services and training to its high school population. They have made numerous projects with their services, and are finding new and exciting ways to engage in tech training with their students.

You can find some of their projects they have made here:

And an article on what some of their Seniors have done here:

Another school that displayed its 3D printing chops was the University of Texas in El Paso. Oscar Delgado and Steven Varela’s students studied the mechanics and morality of drones in a course which culminated in the production of a 3D printed quad-copter drone:

-If you have any questions, comments, or are simply interested in having a larger dialogue about any of these topics, please feel free to contact to hear more.

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Haverford students, faculty, and staff have access to (online trainin library)

IITS is pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2014, Haverford students, faculty, and staff have access to

Q. What is lynda? is an online training library with more than 2,000 videos on software, design, and business skills.

Q. How can I access lynda through Haverford’s portal?

1. Go to

2.  Type your Haverford username and password. Lynda is tied into our single sign-on system, so you can log in with your Haverford username and password.


1. Go to and click login.

2. Type for orgnization’s URL.

3. Type your Haverford username and password. Note: You will be asked if you already have a lynda account. If so, click “I’ve had an account” and provide your existing lynda user name and password. This step will automatically link your existing account information including your playlists, bookmarks and previously viewed courses to your subscription through Haverford’s portal.

Q. Can I use lynda on my mobile device? Yes, you can download a free app from
With mobile devices, you can download individual videos or courses so that you can access them offline.

Q. How can I have more information about lynda? Please watch the introductory movie about the service, and How to use

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Teaching with Technology Forum – Spring 2014

Thanks to all the presenters and participants, we had another great Teaching with Technology Forum this semester. We hope that all the participants got some ideas from the event. Feedback we’ve got has been very positive.

Just in case you missed it, here are some recordings of the event.

“Using an iPad as a Teaching Tool”
Paul Farber, Writing Fellow

Paul discussed his experiences using an iPad to manage classroom interactions, including the associated possibilities and travails.

“Using an iPad as a Learning Tool”
Hiroyo Saito, Director of Instructional Technology Services, IITS

Hiroyo discussed how she worked with Kimko Suzuki, a Japanese professor
1) to use iPads inside the classroom to change the dynamic of the Japanese classes
2) to use iPads outside the classroom so that Kimiko’s students can spend the class time for discussion, rather than for presentation.
Hiroyo discussed the use of AirServer, which allows you to project your iPad, iPhone, and Macbook wirelessly in any classroom on campus. She discussed an interactive whiteboard app “Explain Everything” and showed  a project using that app by one of Kimiko’s students.

“Looking into the future: Google Glass”
Upma Singh, Instructional Technology Specialist, IITS
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS
Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

They demonstrated the explorer edition of Google Glass and talked about future implications of the device.

“Looking into the future: Leap Motion”
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS

Charles demonstrated the Leap Motion controller. Please let us know if you want to try it out and explore the possibility of its use in your courses.


Demonstrations of Tools to Create Micro-Lectures

Instructional Technology Services, IITS

We demonstrated various instructional technology tools and programs that you can use to deliver your lectures outside the classroom so that you can spend your precious class time on discussion, problem solving, etc. and focus on higher order thinking skills in Bloom’s Taxonomy.

teaching-naked-book-cover If you are interested in learning how you can use technology outside your classroom, you might want to read this book “Teaching Naked: How moving technology out of your classroom will improve student learning” by José Antonio Bowen.

Tools and programs that we demonstrated during the lunch time.

Explain Everything -Interactive whiteboard iPad app.
You can type, hand-write, insert picture, video, sound, and files such as PDFs. You can use a laser pointer while you are recording a video. You can export the project as a mp4 movie, or you can save the project and share the project via a shared Google drive with your collaborator, who can then add to the project!

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swivlNew Swivl

You can attach an iPad to the New Swivl and record your lecture. Then you can upload the video via the free Panopto iPad app to your Moodle course. If you want, you can place the Swivl + iPad in front of the blackboard, and you can use your familiar chalk! The iPad on the Swivl will follow you as you move in front of the blackboard.


PanoptoGlobe500pxPanopto (+ SMART Podium, iPad, Wacom table)
You can use our lecture capture system, Panopto, to record a micro-lecture and share it with your students. You can capture your screen and add audio and video. If you use Powerpoint or Keynote, Panopto creates a table of contents for your students, and also create a searchable index of your presentation. This allows your students to search your video presentation for any word mentioned on your slides. You can use Panopto with tablets such as SMART podium, iPad, and Wacom tablet.


CoM-Camtasia-2Camtasia (+tablet)

If you want to have more editing capabilities than Panopto, Camtasia is a great choice. You can capture your screen and add various annotations. It even allows you to add your face! In this recent article by Educause “What makes an online instructional video compelling?, “students cited faculty presence as a key factor related to their engagement and perceived learning from videos.” If you use a tablet like Wacom tablet, you can create a video like the ones in Khan Academy. Camtasia is not free, but you can try it for free for 30 days to decide if you like it or not.

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Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-Co),
Alex Mannix (BMC ‘15)
Rachel Elizabeth Weissler (BMC ‘16)

They demonstrated the Zapotec Talking Dictionary and talked about the process of involving students, linguists, and Zapotec community members in collaborative work building the database for the dictionary, using a spreadsheet in Google Drive.  They discussed the role of the dictionary in a Haverford classroom, its use as a hands-on learning experience for students outside the classroom, and its place in a larger movement to engage technology in language preservation and revitalization projects worldwide.


Nick Jones, Laboratory Instructor & Research Coordinator, Psychology

Nick gave us a quick overview of Qualtrics – online survey software. Nick discussed the variety of applications for which Qualtrics, a feature-rich and user-friend survey system, has been used in the Psychology department over the past year, from senior theses to longitudinal data collection. Qualtrics is available to all the Haverford students, faculty, and staff.

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Spring 2014 Teaching with Technology Forum & Showcase

Spring 2014 Teaching with Technology Forum & Showcase

Spring 2014 Teaching with Technology Forum & Showcase

Please join us at our semi-annual Teaching with Technology Forum and Showcase.

Date: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Time: 11:00am~2:00pm
Location: Stokes 102
Event Program

11:00-11:30 Using an iPad as a Teaching & Learning Tool
Paul Farber, Writing Fellow
Hiroyo Saito, Director of the Instructional Technology Services

11:30-12:00pm Google Glass
Upma Singh, Instructional Technology Specialist, IITS
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS
Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

12:00-1:00pm Light Lunch & Demonstrations of tools that you can use to flip your classroom.
Instructional Technology Services, IITS

1:00-1:30 Zapotec Talking Dictionary
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-Co), Alex Mannix (BMC ‘15) and Rachel Elizabeth Weissler (BMC ‘16)

1:30-2:00 Qualtrics 
Nick Jones, Laboratory Instructor & Research Coordinator, Psychology

We hope that you can join us at the event. Please let me know if you have any questions about the event.

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Panopto Preferences Change

Last week, Panopto pushed an update.
Unless you update the Panopto version, you won’t be able to upload the recording to the Panopto server.

If you are using a classroom computer to use Panopto, you need to change the folder where all of your recordings are stored.

Here are the steps.

  1. Open Panopto Recorder from the Dock.

  2. From the Panopto Recorder menu, select Preferences….

  3. Click the Browse… button next to the Recording Folder.

  4. Select YOUR Documents folder → Panopto Recordings

  5. Click the Open button.

  6. Click the OK button.


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New Swivl

The ITC has recently acquired a new piece of hardware to better help you capture your lecture or presentation. The Swivl is an automated cameraman, that will follow you around the room as you present to your class. The new Swivl can now dock any modern mobile device (iPad, iPhone, etc.) that you might want to use in order to record your presentation. You can even use the Panopto App on your mobile device to deliver your presentation directly to your Moodle Course.

The following video provides instructions on how to set up the Swivl, and how to record and upload a video from your mobile device to Panopto and Moodle.

If you would like to use the Swivl, please drop on by the ITC, or email us at:

For more information on the Swivl, please visit Swivl’s support page.

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