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

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

Q. What is lynda?
Lynda.com 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 iits.haverford.edu/lynda
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  lynda.com and click login.
2. Type haverford.edu 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 http://www.lynda.com/mobile-apps

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

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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: hc-techlearn@haverford.edu

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

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Uploading videos from iPads to Moodle via Panopto app

In my previous blog article, I wrote about a whiteboard app “Explain Everything to create a mini-lecture. Today, I got a question from one of the faculty members, “I created a video using Explain Everything. How can I upload the video to my Moodle?

Well, there is an app for that!

Download the Panopto iPad app (free) to your iPad.

1. On your iPad, when you are done creating a video using the app Explain Everything, Export Video to Camera Roll.

2. Download Panopto iPad app (free) from the link below to your iPad.

3. In Panopto app, select “Sign In” under Account.

4. Type “hc.hosted.panopto.com” for the Address.

5. On the pop-up Sign in window, choose “Haverford College Moodle” from the drop-down menu.

6. Select the blue “Sign In” bar.

7. Login to Moodle with your username and Password, and select “Login.

8. On the Panopto app, select “Record & Upload” under Create.

9. Select your course/folder.

10. On the Create a new session window, type the Title and select “Choose a video,” and select the video you wan to upload from the Camera Roll, and select “Use” on the top right corner of the screen, and select the “Upload” button.

If the video is so long, it will take a while to compress & upload it. I would suggest you would do this when you do not need the iPad for a while. Once you upload the video, the video will appear under the Panopto block in Moodle.

You can watch this video. There is no sound in this video.


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Google Hangouts and Hangouts On Air

When IITS opened access to additional Google Apps beyond just email, calendar, docs/drive, and sites on December 2, 2013, the Haverford community gained access to a host of tools. Among these are Google Hangouts and Google Hangouts on Air. Google Hangouts allow a small groups to “meet” virtually, whereas Hangouts on Air provide a no-cost and easily accessed way to live stream events.

Up to ten Google Plus accounts–including yours–can participate in a Hangout. During a Hangout, participants can video conference, online chat, screen share, and more. You can invite members of the Haverford community, or anyone else with a Google Plus account to participate. Up to ten Google Plus accounts can also participate during a Hangout-on-Air. However, an unlimited number of people can view a Hangout on Air, and viewers do not need a Google account at all.

Just a few uses for Hangouts include:

  • virtual office hours
  • invite off-site guest lecturers for classes
  • stream an event to allow viewing by people that cannot attend live
  • team up with peers at other colleges for a remote joint class

Below are some quick instructions to get you started using Google Hangouts and Google Hangouts on Air with your Windows PC or Macintosh OS. For more information, such as using Google Hangouts from your mobile device, see http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/.

Get Started

  1. To use Google Hangouts, you MUST have a Google+ account set up.  If you have not already done this, visit plus.google.com to sign up with your Haverford account.
  2. Once you have your Google+ account set up, go to plus.google.com/hangouts
    Make sure you are signed in with your Haverford account. From here, you can select whether you want to start a Google Hangout or a Hangout on Air.

    • Google Hangout allows you to video conference with up to 10 other people, share links, documents, and screenshare.
    • Hangout on Air allows you to live stream an event or lecture, and will save the stream to YouTube later for users to watch if they could not make it to the live event. The video will be automatically saved to your Google+ account as well as your YouTube channel. (A YouTube will be automatically generated when you create a Google+ account, but may involve some activation.)

Google Hangout

  1. On your Google+ Hangouts Hompage (accessible through the drop down menu on the left,) select the Video Hangouts tab on the top of the window
  2. Click on the Start a Video Hangout button.

This window will pop up. Add participants / viewers to the call by typing in their email address. You may include a note if you wish. Click on Share when you are done.

This is your Google Hangout viewer. From here, you will be able to see yourself and video chat with the other participants in the call. You can moderate, chat, and screenshare in this window.

This is the chat button, and will open up a chat window on the right hand side that will allow participants to type in messages to everyone else, if they do not wish to interrupt a talk.
This is the screenshare button, which will allow you to show your desktop or web browser in the place of your image. This is useful if you need to demonstrate something for your students or peers.
This is your toolbox, which will allow you to moderate your image, add a lower third to your picture to let people know who you are, and set your status to away so that you can mute yourself and the application.
This will allow you to add additional participants to the call if you need to, or re-invite someone that may have dropped from the call already.
This program is called “Scoot & Doodle.” It lets you share a whiteboard and collaboratively draw. You will have to add this to your hangout session by selecting the “Add Apps” button on the left-hand application bar. (It looks like this an ellipses: )

When you are done with the call/Hangout,  click on the image of the Red Phone Receiver to leave the chat. The Hangout will continue until all participants have left.

 Hangout on Air

Hangout on Air operates in a much similar way, with the additional feature of allowing you to broadcast your session to other people via YouTube. If you wish to simply lecture and not interact with your audience, this is what you will want to use.

  1. Select the Hangouts On Air tab.
  2. Click on the  Start a Hangout On Air button.

    Write a description for the event, and then invite your audience. This will send a video link via YouTube to each invitee’s email, where they will be able to view your hangout. By default, your Hangout on Air will be open to all. If you do NOT want the public to view the video, you must DESELECT public in the audience area.
  3. Click on Share to send the emails out.
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Leap Motion

We bought Leap Motion Controller to explore the possibility of using it in teaching and learning.

One of our student assistant created a brief video of it.  Take a look.  If you want to try it out or have ideas for its use in your classes, please let us know! We want to hear from you.



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Mid-Semester Moodle Hangout (Fri. 2/28, noon-1:00pm)

With all the snow, it is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the semester and it is already time for midterms and mid-semester course evaluations. Did you know that you can use Moodle to get anonymous student feedback, and collect midterm research papers and other assignments–organized by name with timestamps?

Tomorrow, Friday, February 28,  from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Sharon Strauss in IITS will conduct a Google Hangout webinar on using Moodle for mid-semester check-ins. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to use Moodle for the following purposes:

Course evaluations

  • Understand options for gaining feedback from students
  • Create effective questions for gathering useful informationReview and download results

Collect student assignments

  • Understand options for distributing and collecting assignments (i.e. individual vs. group, private vs. peer review, specify due date, etc.)
  • Specify desired assignment options and requirements
  • Confirm date and time of submissions
  • Review and download submitted work
  • Provide confidential feedback to students
Please  click on this link to join us live and participate in the Hangout. 

You can use your Haverford email address for Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is a tool for live discussions with up to 10 participants. It allows you to video conference or share photos, screens, videos, etc. Hangouts can alos be streamed live to an unlimited number of viewers, as well as archived for later use, using Google Hangouts On Air.

If you have any questions or plan to attend, please email hc-techlearn@haverford.edu. RSVP is appreciated, but not required.
Happy Midterms!

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Getting ready for Spring 2014!

Dear Faculty,

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break and that you are getting ready for the new semester. We would like to share some instructional technology information that might help you this semester.

Fall 2013 Teaching with Technology Forum
Did you miss last semester’s Teaching with Technology Forum? Check out the recordings and see how Professors Lou Charkoudian, Joshua Schrier, Rob Scarrow, Suzanne Amador Kane, and Joshua Sabloff are using technology to pace students learning, flip classrooms & labs, and create student-centered textbooks.  The programs they used are listed on the blog article.

All the spring courses should be available in Moodle. If not, please contact us. Don’t forget to make your courses available! Moodle help is available online.

Video projects
If you are interested in integrating video projects into your course, let us know. We would like to offer a “Digital Media Survival Guide” workshop to help your students before they start a video project. You and your students can check out various types of multimedia equipment for projects. We are planning roundtable sessions by our faculty as well.

Contact us if you need help in incorporating iPads into your teaching. We have 10 iPads you can check out for your class and a few that faculty can keep for a semester. You can wirelessly project the iPads in all the classrooms where the IITS installed iMac/Mac mini computers, except the classrooms in Gest building.

Google Apps for Education
As you know, Google Apps for Education have been enabled on your Haverford account. There are a lot of apps that you might want to try. Try Google + Hangouts to have an “office hour” with your students, and Google + Hangouts On Air to live stream your event.

You can use Panopto to record your class, your students’ presentations, or create videos for your flipped classroom. Feedback from students has been positive! Do you have any talks that you want to record? Consider using Panopto.

Clickers are available for you & your students. Clickers can be used to pace students’ learning. See how Haverford faculty are using them in this blog article.

AV in the classroom
Contact us if you need an AV orientation for your classrooms this semester. See what AV equipment your classroom has.

Computer labs
The Instructional Technology Center (Stokes 205) is available for your students to work on various media projects. In addition, Stokes 004 is available for your class when each student needs a computer. Both rooms have 30 iMacs.

Contact us
Please contact Instructional Technology Services (Hiroyo Saito, Sharon Strauss, Roger Hill, and Charles Woodard) via hc-techlearn@haverford.edu for any questions and support.

Have a great semester!

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