Instructional Technology

With facilities in Jesup Hall and The Center for Educational Technology (CET) located on the 2nd floor of Sawyer Library, support is provided by ITech’s three working groups:

  • The ITS liaisons, supporting academic departments and technologies
  • The Media Services group, supporting classroom functionality and the equipment loan center (ELC)
  • The Project Group, providing software and database solutions

Please explore our primary services list below for supported technologies that may be appropriate in your teaching and research.  If you have questions about ITech services, please contact your departmental liaison, email ITech or call Jonathan Leamon at 413-597-4468.

ITech Primary Services

3D Printing

cet-makerspaceThe makerspace has its own site at https://williamsmakerspace.wordpress.com

The makerspace in the CET is a place to make the digital world real. With a 3D printer, 3D scanner and a variety of software and hardware tools it’s staffed by students who can assist with printing, or help you learn how to develop your own models and projects.

Who can use it?
The makerspace and equipment is available to any member of the Williams community. If you’d like your class to incorporate 3D printing into your course, please contact your ITech liaison in advance so we can schedule the equipment.

How do I access it?
For students that are unfamiliar with the technology, the best way to start a project is to stop by when the room is open and talk to one of the student staff. Faculty and staff can also contact Jonathan Leamon (jleamon@williams.edu) with any questions.

Where is it located?
The makerspace is in the CET room 242, on the second floor of Sawyer library

How do I get help?
There are FAQ’s and other help documentation available on the makerspace’s website, or stop by the room when it’s open. You can also contact Jonathan Leamon.


Academic and Conference Poster Printing

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Anything larger than 11" x 17" is considered a poster.

Organization, club or other promotional posters, as well as department informational posters, should be printed through Print Services (contact jshea@williams.edu).

Academic posters

Academic posters (e.g. posters used for conference presentations, departmental thesis poster sessions, research poster sessions and specific class assignments) are eligible for free printing through itech. This does not include department informational, decorative posters or personal images. Academic Poster Printing Policy

For campus academic poster sessions or large class printing please refer to the libguide.

Poster printing using one of OIT's two plotters requires an appointment made at least 24 hours in advance. We supply double-weight matte paper only, with a maximum width of 36" (one side, paper is on a roll so the other side can be longer).

Making your 30 minute "plotter" appointment assumes you are ready to print and does not include any time for help creating or finishing your poster layout. For help creating your poster, please check with the "on duty" SMC in the CET area. Faculty may contact their iTech liaison.

Plotter Location & Hours

The plotter is located on the second floor of Sawyer Library, Room 244, in the Center for Educational Technology.

Monday 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 2pm - 4pm
Friday 10am - 12pm

Poster printing appointment signup

Printing vs. Copying

For large batches, consider having copies made by Print Services - it's far less expensive than printing.  Contact John Shea by phone or email: 413-597-2022 /  John.T.Shea@williams.edu for more information.

Printing Flyers

Standard letter sized flyers (8.5″ x 11″) can be printed on any public printer on campus.  If you need a tabloid size flyer (11″ x 17″ ), you can use one of these printers:

  • 241 Center for Educational Technology (in new Sawyer)
  • 201 Jesup

All print jobs are routed through PaperCut so you will need sufficient funds for large jobs.

Tips for flyer printing:

  • Go to the location to print! You should print a single copy first, to check that the formatting and the colors are as expected before printing a large batch. The CET color printer is on a release station so you must be present to print. There is also help on hand in the CET.
  • Be sure to set the correct paper size in the Page Set Up of the document as well as in the printer dialog box.

Dates and Deadline:

During the week of Aug. 8th, 2016 , OIT will NOT take any signup for poster printing appointment. All poster printings for Summer Science Poster Session on Friday, August 12th will be submitted as PDF files to its@williams.edu. Your department or your research group may have different timeframes of when your poster should be ready but the deadline for poster printing submission is set as follows:

Aug. 8th: All poster printing must be submitted via its@williams.edu by the end of the day
Aug. 11th: Your poster will be ready for pickup at CET in Sawyer Library after 9AM

Only one copy of each poster can be printed. Typos & mistakes do not qualify for a reprint. Please examine a proof of your poster either on 8 1∕2 x 11 or on 11 x 17 paper to ensure everything appears correct before submitting for printing via its@williams.edu!

Poster Size:

Poster size will be with a maximum width of 36″, one side, paper is on a roll of 36” in width so the other side can be longer, but the recommended poster size is 36” by 36″.

PDF File Name:

The file name of PDF’s submitted for printing via its@williams.edu needs to include your network id plus your Dept. (e.g. for John Doe of Physics Dept, the file name will look like jd1_phys.pdf). If there is an issue opening the file submitted via its@williams.edu, you will be contacted.

Software for Poster Design:

There are many different software available for poster design but the most popular ones are Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe InDesign. Just pick one that’s best for you. If you use powerpoint to create your poster, make sure you set the size of your powerpoint to be either the recommended size (36” by 36″) or your preferred size. By default, powerpoint slide is set for printing on 8 1∕2 x 11 paper. Make sure to convert your final version to a pdf file to be submitted.

Tutorials:

OIT has a campus license for http://www.lynda.com which provides in­depth, self­paced instructional videos for a wide range of topics and software including Adobe Indesign and Microsoft powerpoint. Information on signing up/signing in for http://www.lynda.com is available at https://oit.williams.edu/help/lynda/

If you have specific questions or require assistance, please plan on visiting the Student Media Consultant (SMC) on duty in the CET area of Sawyer Library. Issues that SMC can’t handle will be directed to an ITS member.


Academic Event Support

Media Services provides limited support to academic and student group events. This includes operating or consulting for live sound and projection for lectures, panel discussions, screenings, and performances.


Academic Technology and Project Consulting

Please contact your ITS liaison to schedule a meeting.

Center for Educational Technology

The Center for Educational Technology (CET)

The CET is Williams new facility designed to enhance the relationship between learning and technology. It houses a number of new and exciting facilities and resources, the student help desk, most of the staff of the Instructional Technology group and several from Desktop Systems. By juxtaposing resources for faculty and students with instructional technologists and librarians, the facility provides a new depth of support and collaboration for technology in education.

Read an article on the CET from the Williams website.

Hours

The CET is open during regular building hours. Check the library website for details.

Location

26 Hopkins Hall Drive

The CET takes up the south side of the second floor of Sawyer library. Click the image below to see the locations of specific resources & facilities.

CET Floor Plan


Classroom Polling (a.k.a. Clickers)

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classroom polling hardware and software.

Classroom Polling using PowerPoint and “clickers.”

Allowing students to anonymously answer questions can facilitate discussion or provide feedback in larger classes, test content mastery, and allow for the exploration of sensitive topics anonymously. A useful bibliography of papers on the disipline specific use of clickers in teaching can be found here:

http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/docs/classroom-response-system-clickers-bibliography/.

When you present your slideshow and arrive at an interactive polling slide, students use polling devices to vote. The radio signals from the polling devices are collected by the computer through a USB shaped radio receiver. The radio signals travel every direction so no pointing of the clickers is necessary. A green light on the polling device indicates that the vote was received. While polling is open, the last button pressed on the clicker will be the vote that counts. The slide toolbar has a count of how many clicker responses have been registered. Regular PowerPoint slides can be mixed in with the special interactive polling slides.

Where can I get clickers?

Three Day Loans:

The Equipment Loan Center in Sawyer Library room 247 has a set of 30 clickers that may be borrowed for 3 days. Contact the Equipment Loan Center at 413-597-4091 and check the office hours at:

http://oit.williams.edu/itech/resources/elc/.

Semester Long Loans:

Sets of clickers can be borrowed for the durration of the semester by contacting Trevor Murphy at tmurphy@williams.edu. Demand often exceeds supply, so advanced notice is required. In some cases, clickers are shared by several faculty members who have a classroom in common.

Alternatives

We have also been trying polling using cell phones: http://www.polleverywhere.com/.



TurningPoint Application logo.

TurningPoint Application

1. Click to open the TurningPoint Cloud application on the PC.
Do not open PowerPoint first or double click on your PowerPoint file.

2. Create an account or sign in with your existing account.
Use your Williams email as your id. The password can be anything you want. You will have to verify the account via email.

Create an account or sign in.

Create an account or sign in.

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Verify the account via email.

 

3. Plug in your USB receiver (looks like a thumb drive) and select PowerPoint polling.

Select PowerPoint Polling.

Select PowerPoint Polling.

4. Find the TurningPoint tab in PowerPoint.

TurningPoint Tab in PowerPoint.

TurningPoint Tab in PowerPoint.

5. Select new multiple choice slide.Replace the text in the title area with your question and replace the list items with the answers. Do not cut and paste.

Select new multiple choice slide.

Select new multiple choice slide.

6. Mix regular PowerPoint slides in with the interactive polling slides. Save the slideshow just as you would save a regular PowerPoint slideshow.

Save your slideshow with the PowerPoint menu option: File: Save As. Remember: The save button in the TurningPoint tool bar is only for the clicker response data, not your presentation.

7. Start your slide show. Just start the PowerPoint slide show the way you normally would.

8. Manage Polling: When you arrive at a polling question, the slide is open for polling. One more slide advance and the polling closes; the resulting graph is displayed. Another slide advance, and the next slide is displayed. A useful feature to be aware of is the ability to repoll a question.

During the slide show, there is a toolbar present.

During the slide show, there is a toolbar present.



TurningPoint Application logo.

TurningPoint Application

1. Click to open the TurningPoint Cloud application on the PC.
Do not open PowerPoint first or double click on your PowerPoint file.

2. Create an account or sign in with your existing account.
Use your Williams email as your id. The password can be anything you want. You will have to verify the account from your email.

Create an account or sign in.

Create an account or sign in.

verify email

Verify the account via email.

3. Plug in your USB receiver (looks like a thumb drive) and select PowerPoint polling.

Select PowerPoint Polling.

Select PowerPoint Polling.

4. You will see PowerPoint open with a floating TurningPoint toolbar.

Floating TurningPoint Toolbar for Mac.

Floating TurningPoint Toolbar for Mac.

5. Select New Multiple Choice Slide.

Replace the text in the title area with your question and replace the list items with the answers.

Create a new polling slide on the mac.

Create a new polling slide on the mac.

6. Mix regular PowerPoint slides in with the interactive polling slides. Save the slideshow just as you would save a regular PowerPoint slideshow.

Save your slideshow with the PowerPoint menu option: File: Save As. Remember: The save button in the TurningPoint tool bar is only for the clicker response data, not your presentation.

7. Start your slide show using ONLY the special TurningPoint Toolbar slide show start button. That is the only way to get the polling software to function.

8. Manage Polling: When you arrive at a polling question, the slide is NOT open for polling. Use the show bar on the upper right hand side of the slide to Start and Stop polling. Once the polling is stopped, the resulting graph is displayed. A useful feature to be aware of is the ability to repoll a question. The showbar is displayed below:

During the slide show this toolbar will be open.

During the slide show this toolbar will be open.



1. Go to https://account.turningtechnologies.com/account/ and create an account.

Create an account or sign in.

Create an account or sign in.

2. Verify the account.

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Verify the account via email.

3. Download the software.
For the Mac, use the “No Install Version.”
For the PC, use the “Install Version”
You will be presented with a screen that has a check box that asks if you want to open polling every time you open PowerPoint. I recommend checking the box.
Check out the Classroom PC or Classroom Mac instructions to see how to use the software and hardware to create polling slides in PowerPoint.

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which version

Select Mac or PC software.

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Check the box to open Polling when PowerPoint is opened. It will be one less thing to worry about.


 

Computer/Media Labs

Williams has public computer labs/media studios that require a College ID and password to use. Additional specialty labs are limited to students enrolled in particular courses.

Computer Labs

These labs are available to faculty, staff, and students whenever the buildings are open. Labs in Jesup can be accessed 24/7 using the card reader.

Jesup Hall – Room 101

Jesup Hall – Room 201

Clark Hall – Room 201

Sawyer Research Commons

Schow Science Library – Atrium

Spencer Art Studio – Room 216

Specialty Labs

Specialty labs have additional software & hardware to support specific academic topics.

Bernhard Music Center – Room 044* – Music

Hollander Hall – Room 147 – Language Lab

Spencer Art Studio – Room 116* – Photography

Thompson Biology – Room 007 – GIS

*: access restricted to specific users.

Computer Classrooms

These classrooms are scheduled by the registrar, but are available for use when class is not in session. They have a lectern and a full set of presentation equipment.

Jesup Hall – Room 203

Jesup Hall – Room 207

’62 Center for Theater and Dance – Room G81

Bronfman Science Center – Room 119

Thompson Physics – Room 207

Sawyer Library – Room 501- Classroom

Sawyer Library –  Room 508- Classroom

Schow Science Library –  Room 027- PC Instructional Room

Collaboration Stations

Two Collaboration Stations are available for public use.

Thompson Chemistry – 2nd Floor – Bridge to Morley

Thompson Biology – 3rd Floor

These spaces provide:

  • A large plasma screen with video inputs
  • Power outlets
  • Wired and wireless network connections

Course Video Streaming

Streaming Video: Information

Williams is using a new video streaming system called Kaltura for uploading, transcoding, editing, storing, managing and delivering video and audio content in a secure and auditable environment worldwide. This video service seamlessly integrates with Glow (via LTI) and enables faculty, staff and students to post and consume video inside and outside of courses with a YouTube-like player.

The new video streaming system is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly and is a significant improvement over the previous Flash and Windows media streaming services. The prior services enabled video to be streamed but required staff involvement which greatly limited usability. The new service is easily available to all to utilize.

Streaming Video: Documentation

  1. Kaltura Video App for Canvas
  2. Kaltura MediaSpace (to be available later)
  3. Kaltura Developer API


Data: Collection and Management

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Cheryl P. Handsaker
Instructional Technology Developer/Project Manager
Office for Information Technology
Sawyer CET
413-597-4323
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David W. Keiser-Clark
Academic Application Developer
Office for Information Technology
Sawyer CET
413-597-3071

The Project Group – a subgroup of Instructional Technology – plans, manages, implements, supports, and consults on a wide variety of software solutions and information technology projects. Our primary mission is in support of faculty in their academic work (both research and teaching), but our work frequently bears on the administrative realm as well. We work with established technologies and explore new ones. Our projects range from collaboration with individual faculty to development of campus-wide programs. We offer assistance to individuals and departments in researching software as a solution and we also do custom programming when there is a need but no available market solution.

Completed and on-going projects:

  • Unbound: Williams Digital Collections – our digital repository is a place to store, organize, present and disseminate the products of the intellectual life of the College, and to preserve the history of the institution
  • Data Collection Systems – a number of systems for which we automatically collect, store and publish data. The active data collection systems are: HMF weather, Shepherds Well Wind Station, Morley PV (photovoltaic), Library Offsite PV, Building Energy Use, All-Campus Energy Use, ’66 Center PV, ’66 Center Building Camera, and ’66 Center Water.
  • Digital Field Notebooks – virtual botanical field notebooks
  • Equipment Reservations – a system for scheduling equipment reservations that enables dependencies to exist between parts and systems that require certain parts
  • Glow LMS – we support Glow with custom applications that integrate via LTI
    • Signup Sheets – provides signup sheets (with notifications) for labs, office hours, study sessions, etc.
    • Course Mail – enables sending email via GAE using Glow LMS rosters
    • Presenter View – enables full screen sharing for lecture presentation
    • People Learning Mode – offers a visual Face Book tool to learn students names
    • Dashboard – provides 24/7/365 monitoring of critical systems that support data exchange between Williams College and Instructure Canvas
    • Custom Glow Theme (UI)
  • Russian Sisterscollaborated with a faculty member to create input tools and finely detailed data visualization using charts, graphs and statistics for a century of monastic data transcribed from Cyrillic ledgers
  • Virtualization: Docker and Vagrant – Docker and Vagrant offer the ability to run software on your laptop using a virtual server. For example, we enabled the Art Department to demo the Getty Scholars Workspace using Docker installed on a portable WindowsToGo thumbdrive. Docker and Vagrant are quick, creative solutions that facilitates testing a product locally on a virtual machine without requiring a full server installation.
  • WCMAcollaborated with curators and CS department on exhibition gallery projects
    • Accession Number Exhibit kiosk – collaborated with the CS department to enable guests to curate selected images from an iPad and instantly display them on any number of display monitors mounted in an exhibition gallery
    • Kidspace: Artistic Curiosity kiosk – built web application for curators using Opera to enable users to photograph and view results of various emotional states
  • Older projects include:
    • HMF Vegetation Survey – data management and web site
    • GeoShear – a Java program to simulate and explore deformation of stone cross sections and the SeaFloor Spreading Simulator downloadable program to simulate and explore magnetic striping on the sea floor


Unless otherwise noted, these projects are released under the Williams College Software License, Version 1
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Electronic Classrooms and Rapid Response

Media Services team provides support to all classrooms, auditoriums and electronic classrooms. The Media Services team is available for immediate A/V help during the semester from 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 8 AM to 5 PM on Fridays.  Normal hours outside of the semester are 8-5, M-F.


Equipment Loan Center (ELC)

To find out about the equipment available to faculty, staff and students, please follow this link to the Equipment Loan Center.

Glow, Williams Course Management System

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Faculty

Q: How do I make my course available to my students?

Course status button

The home page of your course will indicate that it is unpublished and have a button for publishing to make the course available for students.

The highest level of content availability to students in Glow is at the course level. Courses can be published. A published course is available to students. The course status is indicated by the color of our course in your course listing. If the course is in a light grey color, the course is unpublished. Also, upon entering the course, there will be a course status button in the upper right hand corner of the page with a publish button.

 

 

 

filelevel

The file repository indicates that files are locked (unavailable to students) when the icon for the file has a padlock on it. There is a lock icon in the settings that can toggle the lock status of the file.

Similarly, other content areas in glow can be made to be available or unavailable to students. To the right of modules, pages, or other content will be an icon in the shape of a cloud. If the cloud is a light grey color, then the content is unavailable to students. You can click on the cloud to toggle the availability. When the cloud is green, the content item will be available to students. In the case of modules, you will want to make sure that the parent module is available to students as well as the content items listed in that module. Both the cloud for the parent module and the content items in the module will need to be the color green.

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Green clouds indicate that course items are visible to students. Grey clouds indicate that content is not visible to students.

In addition, there is a files repository. You can use Settings > Navigation to hide menu items from students including the Files menu item. When students view the course, the Files menu item would not be present. This effectively hides all the files in the file repository. You could then selectively share files by linking to files from a page or module.

However, there is also the option of keeping the Files menu item accessible to students, but controlling what students can see or access. When you hover over an item you can see icons for a padlock, pencil, and trash can. Clicking on the padlock icon will allow you to lock the file and make it unavailable to students. You can also make the file invisible to students. The file icon will appear to have a lock on it if you select either of these options.

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In the settings area, you can click on the student view icon in the upper right hand corner. This will allow you to see the course with a student view and verify if students can or cannot see various course items and components.

Once you have uploaded content and made it available or unavailable to students, you can check on your work but going to Settings and using the Student View button in the upper right hand corner. This will allow you to explore the course and see the course as it will appear to students. Click on the File menu item and test the accessibility of the files there. Also look at any modules or pages you have added and see if you can see them. To exit student view, there is a blue button in the lower right hand corner that says “leave student view.”

Q: How do I add my course syllabus?

The Syllabus Page

1. In Course Navigation, click the Syllabus link.

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2. Click Edit Syllabus Description [1]. There are three main parts: a calendar and weighted assignment groups [2], a syllabus description [3], and a syllabus table automatically managed by GLOW [4].

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3. Edit the Syllabus description.

How do I Add PDF or Word Document to my Syllabus Description?

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Within the Content Selector, click Files [1]. There you can upload a new file or select files you have uploaded previously. Click and highlight the text in the Rich Content Editor you want users to click on to download the syllabus [2]. Click the file in the Content Selector [3] and the text will turn blue noting the link is downloadable. Glow will automatically create a preview of your document so that users don’t have to download it before reading it.

Once you have completed your Syllabus Description, click Update Syllabus.

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4.  Make the Syllabus Page your Home Page

a. Click Home in Course Navigation.
b. In the Home page sidebar, click the Choose Home Page link.
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c. Click the radio button next to Syllabus to make the Syllabus page your course Home Page.

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5. Publish your course

When a course is first created, it’s available to you as the instructor but it’s invisible to your students. Making a course available is called “publishing” it.

Click the Publish.

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course-home-page

 

Q: How do I merge multiple sections into a single section?

If you teach a course with multiple sections of the same course content/assignments, and don’t want to duplicate them in each section you teach, there is a way to consolidate and merge your sections into a single course on Glow. This is called “cross-listing” which allows you to move all enrollment in one course (section) to another course (section).

For example, if you teach two sections of Economics 110 (15F-ECON-110-01 and  15F-ECON-110-02) and would like to use 15F-ECON-110-01 as the parent course of the two sections, you go to the settings of 15F-ECON-110-02 to cross list it to 15F-ECON-110-01.

Click “How” here to learn how to cross-list sections. You can also watch a short video on Cross-listing.

Q: How do I add a non-Williams auditor?

Enrolling non-Williams users to your course

If you need to enroll non-Williams user(s) into your course, you will need to request a guest account. Please fill out this form at:

http://hr.williams.edu/forms/williams-affiliation-request-form/

After the guest account is created, you can enroll him/her the same way as you enroll those who have Williams User ID as described below. Please contact the user to obtain his/her User ID.

Enrolling / removing students to/from your course

Officially registered students are automatically enrolled into your corresponding Glow course and you do not need to add any students. However, you can invite other students to join your course via People link.
Use Unix ID or Williams long-style email addresses (e.g. jfs1 or John.F.Smith@williams.edu) to find the student in the system .
How do I add students and TAs to my course?
– How do I remove a student from my course?
     A: Please email itech@williams.edu with the name of the student

There are six pre-defined roles:

  • Teacher: Teacher can add content items, grade students, add users and change some course default settings.
  • Grading TA: TA with this role has pretty much the same privileges like a Teacher has.
  • TA: TA with this role has the same rights as TA with editing rights but cannot view and edit grades.
  • Student: That’s self-explanatory, they generally have fewer privileges within a course.
  • Designer: By default, the Designer does not edit grades, add/remove other users, or have access to the faculty journal. They can edit course content. Generally speaking, the Designer Role is best suited for the instructional designers or curriculum writers who write and manage course content.
  • Observer:  The Observer role can be used to enroll parents, mentors, auditors, and guests who would like to participate in a Glow course but do not need to earn course credit. Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course without interrupting the flow of daily course communication. Like students, Observers cannot view a course until it is published and the course has started.

 

Q: How do I copy course material from my old GLOW course to a new one?

To copy course content, assignments, and quizzes from previous semesters, use the Course Import Tool from the Course Settings.

1. Go to your new course, then in Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

2. Click the Import Content into this Course button on the right.

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3. Select Content Type
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4. Search for a Course
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5. Select Migration Content
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To import all content from the course, select the All Content radio button.
If you want to select specific content, click the Select specific content radio button.

 

6. (optional) Adjust Events and Due Dates
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7. Click the Import button.
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Students

Q: I am registered for this course, but I don't see it on Glow. What's wrong?

Not all courses on Glow are published. Your professor may have decided NOT to use Glow this semester. Please contact your instructor first. If the course is published and available, but you still don’t see it, please contact Instructional Technology at itech@williams.edu.

 

Some people experience a problem accessing video in Glow. The symptom is that when you click on the “My Media” or “Course Media Gallery” tabs in the left hand navigation bar you may be prompted to log in, but even after you log in correctly you get a blank window that says “Access Denied.” This can happen on a PC or a Mac, using any browser.

The cause is that video is handled by a third-party tool, basically a plugin for Glow (see these pages on LTI for more information). Since the video window comes from a different web server than Glow itself, your browser needs to accept third party cookies, at least for sessions, to access it. If you’re experiencing the problem described above, third-party cookies are disabled in your browser.

There are two solutions. Below is a list of the most common browsers and step-by-step instructions for allowing them to accept third-party cookies for sessions. The steps are straightforward, but the down side is that it allows third-party cookies for all web pages, not just Glow. If you’re comfortable making more involved changes to your browser settings, you can achieve the same effect by leaving your general third-party cookie settings unchanged but adding a specific exception to accept cookies from the site “1384471.kaf.kaltura.com”. If you’re unsure how to do that, follow the instructions for your browser below:

Q: Why am I not able to attach files to my Discussion posts?

Please notify your instructor about this problem. Attaching files to a Discussion will be possible once it is changed in the course settings. The settings are also available in the Discussions Page or the Course Settings Page. Please direct your faculty member to this page for more information.

 

 


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What is Glow?

Glow is Williams' Course Management System (CMS). It's a web-based and easy to use platform that supports instructors in their teaching and communication with students. Glow provides a suite of tools that makes it easy to put course materials online, including video and audio. It can also help faculty engage with students in a variety of ways including virtual discussion forums, the online scheduling of office hours and lab experiments, and the assignment, collection and grading of quizzes and homework to name a few.

Getting started with Glow

This page provides a how-to guide and an introduction to the key concepts of Glow to help instructors get started.

The same content is also available as a downloadable pdf file getting-started.

Log in

You can login to the Glow service at http://glow.williams.edu. You should use your regular Williams username (e.g. abc1)  and password.

About Glow

Dashboard

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas.

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Introduction to the GLOW Interface

Your course(s) is under “Courses” [1]

course

1. Global Navigation: The links of the global navigation menu at the top of the page access features that are shared by all the courses on Glow you are enrolled in. This menu stays the same no matter what page you are looking at.

2. Course Navigation: The course navigation links provide access to features within the current course.When each course is first created on Glow, by default it will have fourteen areas linked to in the course navigation (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Grades, People, Pages, Files, Syllabus, Outcomes, Quizzes, Modules, Conferences, Collaborations, Settings). As an instructor, you can customize what links are shown in your course and hide from students those that you don’t need in your course.

3. Course Content Area: This is where your course content is displayed

4. Sidebar (context sensitive): The sidebar shows the features available on the page you are currently looking at. The sidebar will change as you go to different pages within your course.

GLOW Course Settings

 course-settings

The “Settings” button within the course navigation menu on the left of the screen is where you can view or update the details of your course settings and its sections. You can also configure what will be available to students in the course navigation menu.

1. Course Details: The details of the course, including its name. These should generally be left as the default, although this is also the place to set your course interface to use a non-English language.

2. Sections: You can manage the different sections of your course and their enrollments, and the people associated with your course and their role. It also has a tool that allows you to consolidate enrollments of cross-listed courses into one. Please consult with your Itech Liaison if this is the first time you’re making changes to the sections of a course.

3. Navigation: You can modify the Course Navigation menu listed of your course. You can hide specific links from students, and drag and drop links to change their order. Links that appear to the instructor as greyed out will be hidden to students.

4. Apps: The Apps tab allows you to view and activate a list of additional tools that are available for use in Glow. Additional documentation of these tools will be coming soon.

5. Feature Options: The Feature Options tab allows you to enable and disable Glow features within a particular course.

GLOW Personal Account Settings

account-setting

1. Profile: Where you can change your profile picture (Avatar) and your display name.

2. Notifications: You can configure how you will receive notifications from Glow, e.g. do you want to be notified when a student submits an assignement, how frequently, etc?

3. Files: Files can be uploaded to a specific course, or to your personal file repository where they will be available to use in multiple courses. The files link is where you upload and manage your files in your personal file repository.

4. Settings: You can tie Glow in with other web tools that you already use (e.g. Google Docs, Facebook etc). Click any of the services in “Other Services” for detail.

5. ePortfolios: This is a seldom used tool at Williams.


FAQs for Instructors

Course Setup

First time using Glow

Getting started with Glow

This page provides a how-to guide and an introduction to the key concepts of Glow to help instructors get started.

The same content is also available as a downloadable pdf file getting-started.

Log in

You can login to the Glow service at http://glow.williams.edu. You should use your regular Williams username (e.g. abc1)  and password.

About Glow

Dashboard

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you log into Canvas.

dashboard

Introduction to the GLOW Interface

Your course(s) is under “Courses” [1]

course

1. Global Navigation: The links of the global navigation menu at the top of the page access features that are shared by all the courses on Glow you are enrolled in. This menu stays the same no matter what page you are looking at.

2. Course Navigation: The course navigation links provide access to features within the current course.When each course is first created on Glow, by default it will have fourteen areas linked to in the course navigation (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Grades, People, Pages, Files, Syllabus, Outcomes, Quizzes, Modules, Conferences, Collaborations, Settings). As an instructor, you can customize what links are shown in your course and hide from students those that you don’t need in your course.

3. Course Content Area: This is where your course content is displayed

4. Sidebar (context sensitive): The sidebar shows the features available on the page you are currently looking at. The sidebar will change as you go to different pages within your course.

GLOW Course Settings

 course-settings

The “Settings” button within the course navigation menu on the left of the screen is where you can view or update the details of your course settings and its sections. You can also configure what will be available to students in the course navigation menu.

1. Course Details: The details of the course, including its name. These should generally be left as the default, although this is also the place to set your course interface to use a non-English language.

2. Sections: You can manage the different sections of your course and their enrollments, and the people associated with your course and their role. It also has a tool that allows you to consolidate enrollments of cross-listed courses into one. Please consult with your Itech Liaison if this is the first time you’re making changes to the sections of a course.

3. Navigation: You can modify the Course Navigation menu listed of your course. You can hide specific links from students, and drag and drop links to change their order. Links that appear to the instructor as greyed out will be hidden to students.

4. Apps: The Apps tab allows you to view and activate a list of additional tools that are available for use in Glow. Additional documentation of these tools will be coming soon.

5. Feature Options: The Feature Options tab allows you to enable and disable Glow features within a particular course.

GLOW Personal Account Settings

account-setting

1. Profile: Where you can change your profile picture (Avatar) and your display name.

2. Notifications: You can configure how you will receive notifications from Glow, e.g. do you want to be notified when a student submits an assignement, how frequently, etc?

3. Files: Files can be uploaded to a specific course, or to your personal file repository where they will be available to use in multiple courses. The files link is where you upload and manage your files in your personal file repository.

4. Settings: You can tie Glow in with other web tools that you already use (e.g. Google Docs, Facebook etc). Click any of the services in “Other Services” for detail.

5. ePortfolios: This is a seldom used tool at Williams.

Q: What's my username & password?

Your GLOW login ID is your Unix ID (the one *without* @williams.edu), the same username that you use to login to the Password Changer. The password for GLOW is the same one you use for your email and most other College services.

You can change your password, and retrieve lost passwords at pchanger.williams.edu.

For those who don’t have a Williams User ID but have guest account or temp account on GLOW, your user ID and password will remain the same as it was originally created.

For prospective students, you will find your login information in the letter sent to you from the Admission Office.

More information on Williams accounts & passwords


Q: How do I reset my password [passphrase] if I have forgotten it?
Q: How do I learn to use Glow?  Is there an instructor manual?
Q: Are there any example courses? A: Yes!

Setting up a course

Q: How do I add my course syllabus?
Q: How do I add readings, scanned documents, etc. to my course?
--- Syllabus Page
--- Front Page (More on Pages,
--- Modules  (More on Modules,
Q: How do I merge multiple courses (sections) into a single course (section)?
Q: How do I upload files?
Q: How do I make a link to a website (using a page)?
Q: How do I make a link to a website (using a Module)?
Q: How can I customize navigation and default language?
Q: How do I change a landing page for my course?
Q: How do I make my course(s) available to my students?
Q: How do I make content available or unavailable to students?
Q: I published my course by mistake! How can I hide it again from students?
Q: How do I copy course material from one GLOW course to another?
Q: How can I view my course as my students do?
Q: How do I enroll & remove students, TAs, and auditors from my course?
Q: How can I customize the Notifications?
* Notes on Notifications for Discussions.

Course Tools

Announcements

Q: How do I make an Announcement?
Q: How do I edit an Announcement?
Q: How do I delete an Announcement?
Q: How can I get Announcements through my email?
[More on Announcements ]

Assignments

Q: What are Assignments?
Q: How do I add an Assignment?
Q: How do I build an Assignment to collect homework from my students online?
Q: Where can I find the homework my students submitted online?
Q: How do I weight the final course grade based on assignment groups?
[More on Assignments ]

Calendar

Q: How do I use the Glow Calendar?
Q: How do I add an event to the course Calendar?
Q: How do I change the date of an Event or Assignment on the Calendar?
Q: How do I filter my Calendar view by course?
[More on Calendar ]

Discussions

Q: How do I create a Discussion?
Q: How do I pin a Discussion on the Index Page?
Q: When would I use Threaded Discussions?
Q: How do I set up a graded Discussion?
Q: How do I subscribe to a Discussion?
Q: How do I set up a Group Discussion?
Q: Students aren't able to attach files to their Discussion posts.  Help.
[More on Discussions ]

Email

Q: How can I email my class using Course Email Tool?
Q: How can I customize the Notifications? 

File Management

Q: What are Files?
Q: Where are my personal Files?
Q: Where are my course Files?
Q: How do I add a file to my course?
Q: How do I bulk upload files?
Q: How do I create a folder in Files?
Q: How do I restrict files and folders to students?
Q: How do I set usage rights and user access for a course file?
Q: How do I set usage rights and user access for a course folder?
Q: How do I move and organize my files?
Q: How do I delete a file?
[More on Files ]

Gradebook and the SpeedGrader

Q: What are Grades and the Gradebook?
Q: How do I hide totals in my students' grade summaries?
Q: How do I hide student names in the Gradebook?
Q: How do I sort columns my Gradebook?
Q: How do I view assignment details in the Gradebook?
Q: How do I weight final grades?
Q: What is the SpeedGrader and how do I use it?
Q: How do I get to SpeedGrader from an Assignment, Quiz, or graded Discussion?
Q: How do I leave feedback for my students in SpeedGrader?
[More on Grades and SpeedGrader ]

LTI (External Apps)

Q: What is LTI?
Q: Which LTI's are currently available through GLOW?
Q: Where can I find External Apps to use in my course? 

Using Media (Video or Audio)

Q: Why do I get the message "Access Denied" when I click on the Media buttons?

Modules

Q: What are Modules and how do I create a new one?
Q: How do I add items (files, external links, external tools, etc.) to a Module?
Q: How do I reorder a Module and Module items?
Q: How do I delete a Module and Module items?
Q: How do I use Draft State in Modules? ?
[More on Modules ]

Pages

Q: What are Pages? and how do I create a  new one?
Q: How do I edit Pages?
Q: How do I delete Pages?
Q: How do I link to other Pages?
Q: How do I create a file link in a Page?
Q: How do I upload a PDF to a page in a course?
Q: How do I embed a video in a Page?
Q: How do I use Draft State in Pages?
[More on Pages ]

People/Roles

Q: How do I access People?
Q: What are the differences among TA, Grading TA and Grader-Homework?
Q: How do I access the Face Book?
Q: I can't print the Face Book page.  Help!
Q: How do I enroll & remove students, TAs, and auditors from my course?

Quizzes

Q: What options are available for Quizzes?
Q: What types of quiz questions can I create?
Q: How do I create and view Survey?
Q: How do I create a Question Bank?
[More on Quizzes ]

Rich Content Editor

Q: What is the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I embed images?
Q: How do I create a hyperlink?
Q: How do I link to a YouTube video?
Q: How do I remove formatting copied from another source in the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I insert a table using the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I record audio using the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I use the Math Editor?
[More on Rich Content Editor ]

Signup Sheets

Q: How do I create a new signup sheet?
Q: How do I delete and edit openings?
Q: How do I sign up others?
Q: How do I print a signup list?
Q: How do I delete a signup sheet that I created?
Q: How do my students sign up for openings?

Syllabus

Q: How do I use the Syllabus page?
Q: How do I edit the Syllabus description?

Additional Info

Q: How can I get more information?

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This page provides a how-to guide and an introduction to a media (audio & video) App for Glow.The same content is also available as a printable PDF.

attentionAccess Denied? This video App for Glow uses session cookies. Make sure that your browser does NOT block third-party cookies and site data.  For more information,  please refer to this FAQ page.

 Upload

You can upload media from the Course Media Gallery link on the left.

  1. Select Add Media, then in the Add New dropdown menu, select Media Upload. The Upload Media page is displayed.
  2. Click Choose a file to upload.
  3. In the Select file to upload window, select a media file to upload and click Open.
  4. Enter descriptive information about the media and click Save.

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NOTE: It may take a while for the media to show up on the Course Media Gallery page.

After a video is uploaded, it is converted for optimal playback. You can not preview or may not publish a video during conversion. You can edit media information during conversion.

To view content, click Play in the media player in Course Media Gallery.

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Record

Use the Record from Webcam feature to create webcam media such as welcome messages, introductions, assignment instructions, simple demonstrations, and other recordings.

  1. Select Webcam Recording from the Add New dropdown menu. The Record from Webcam page is displayed.
  2. If a flash player message is displayed, click Allow.
  3. Click anywhere in the recording area to start recording. Click anywhere in the recording area to stop recording, then click Save.
  4. Enter information about the media and click Save.

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Recording Your Screen

Workflow:

  1. Select the Screen Recording option
  2. Launch the Screen Recorder
  3. Select the options and area to capture, and start recording
  4. After recording, review the results and upload
  5. After uploading, enter descriptions.

*Google Chrome is recommended for Screen Recording*

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Adding Media inside Discussions, Assignments, Announcements, and other Course pages

1. In the Rich-Text Editor, click the Embed Media button under the V icon

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2. Click Select to select the content to embed. The preview dialog appears
3. Click Embed to embed the media, then Save

Managing Your Media

Your My Media page lists the media that you have already uploaded or created. When you open My Media, you can:

  • Edit media, which allows you to create shorter clips.
  • Select a frame to use as a thumbnail
  • Upload and manage captions
  • Disable or close comments
  • Delete the media

Copyright and Fair Use: Don’t risk infringing on the rights of authors!  Contact your library liaison to discuss your class media use and to get copyright clearance as needed.

Where to go for help and more information

If you need further help using Glow, setting up a new course, or copying your old course, please contact your Instructional Technology Liaison (use tab above for contact information).

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What is Glow?

Glow is Williams' Course Management System (CMS). It's a web-based and easy to use platform that supports instructors in their teaching and communication with students. Glow provides a suite of tools that makes it easy to put course materials online, including video and audio. It can also help faculty engage with students in a variety of ways including virtual discussion forums, the online scheduling of office hours and lab experiments, and the assignment, collection and grading of quizzes and homework to name a few.

FAQs for Students

This page provides a quick guide and list of FAQs to help students get started with Glow

Log in

You can login to the Glow service at http://glow.williams.edu. You should use your regular Williams username and password. If you can’t login and/or need to reset your password, you can either call student help desk at (413) 597-3088, or visit the student help desk for more help.

Glow FAQs for Students

First time using Glow
Q: What’s my username & password?
Q: How do I reset my password [passphrase] if I have forgotten it?
Q: How can I customize the Notifications?
          * Notes on Notifications for Discussions.

Calendar
Q: How do I use the Glow Calendar?
Q: How do I access my course Calendar?
Q: How do I filter my Calendar view by course?

File Management
Q: What are Files?
Q: Where are my user Files?
Q: Where are my course Files?
Q: How do I upload ZIP files?
Q: How do I create a folder in Files?
Q: How do I move and organize my files?
Q: How do I delete a file?

People / Face Book
Q:
How do I access People?
Q: How do I access the Face Book?

Rich Content Editor
Q:
What is the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I embed images?
Q: How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I record audio using the Rich Content Editor?
Q: How do I use the Math Editor?

Signup Sheets

Q: How do I sign up for openings?

Using Media (Audio or Video)
Q
: Why do I get the message “Access Denied” when I click on the Media buttons?

Others
Q: Why am I not able to attach files to my Discussion posts?

If you need further help using Glow, setting up a new course, or copying your old course, please contact your Instructional Technology Liaison.

Department ITech Liaison
Africana Studies Tamra Hjermstad
American Studies Tamra Hjermstad
Anthropology and Sociology Cory Campbell
Art / Art History Mika Hirai
Asian Studies – Chinese Adam Wang
Asian Studies – Japanese Mika Hirai
Astronomy Trevor Murphy
Athletics Trevor Murphy
Biology Cory Campbell
Comparative Literature Program Mika Hirai
Computer Science Tamra Hjermstad
Chemistry Cory Campbell
Classics Mika Hirai
Dance Trevor Murphy
Economics / CDE Adam Wang
English Tamra Hjermstad
Environmental Studies Cory Campbell
Geosciences Cory Campbell
German and Russian Mika Hirai
History Cory Campbell
History of Science Cory Campbell
Humanities Mika Hirai
Jewish Studies Mika Hirai
Latina/o Studies Mika Hirai
Leadership Studies Mika Hirai
Justice and Law Studies Mika Hirai
Linguistics Mika Hirai
Mathematics and Statistics Adam Wang
Music Trevor Murphy
Philosophy Trevor Murphy
Physics Trevor Murphy
Political Economy Adam Wang
Political Science Mika Hirai
Psychology Adam Wang
Religion Cory Campbell
Romance Languages Mika Hirai
Theatre Trevor Murphy
WCMA Mika Hirai
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Mika Hirai
Williams in Africa Cory Campbell
Williams-Mystic/Maritime Studies Cory Campbell
Williams-Oxford Jonathan Morgan-Leamon

 


GIS, Data Visualization and Mapping

Geographic Information Systems/Sciences is a set of tools and techniques for displaying and analyzing both spatial and temporal data in virtually every field. At Williams, GIS is supported in a dedicated lab, through the use of software, in classes, and by Instructional Technology staff. Who can use it? All Williams GIS resources are available to faculty, staff and students. Where is ArcGIS and other GIS and remote sensing software located? The GIS lab is located in the basement of Thompson Biology rm 007 and accessed from the basement hall corridor.  Additional machines with the GIS lab image are available in Clark rm# 1, the new Analytics Lab in Jesup rm# 204 and Analytics 24/7 rm# 201. How do I access it? The ArcGIS software is installed on all the computer lab PCs, campus wide. Faculty and staff may request to have the software installed on their Williams owned machines. While ArcGIS is only available for the PC, it can be run on a Mac by creating a Windows partition with Bootcamp. Senior thesis students may request to have ArcGIS installed on their computer for the academic year. How do I get help? For assistance please email Cory Campbell or call 413-597-4318.

Other GIS Resources:

Courses using GIS or GIS Modules

Local Data Resources (on campus or VPN only)

  • Data from ESRI (ArcGIS), including national and global datasets for basemaps, demographics, infrastructure, etc. (\\files1\ESRIData)
  • Other basemap data specific to New England, MA, NY, CT, RI, VT and CO (\\files1\StateData)

Ready-Made Maps

 GIS Job Announcements!


High Performance Computing

Williams HPCC is a Linux based computing resource supporting research and teaching. The cluster has four nodes, a total of 256 cores, 896GB RAM and 4.5TB disk space. The job scheduler allows researchers to run tasks using R, Mathematica, MatLab and Stata. Currently node 2 (compute-0-2) is off-line. Because of that, the total number of cores available is 192 with a shared memory of 768GB.
Who can use it?
The HPCC is currently being developed in conjunction with a small number of faculty members and their research students. Once it is in full production, it will be available for all faculty, staff and students whose research requires high performance computing.
How do I access it?
The machine is available by ssh. Please contact Adam Wang at jwang@williams.edu or hpcc@williams.edu for more information.
Where is it located?
Physically it’s located in the Jesup Data Center. Support is available in Jesup 202.
How do I get help?
Here is a quick guide to get you started. For more information, please contact Adam Wang at jwang@williams.edu or hpcc@williams.edu.

OIT started exploring ways to meet faculty research needs for high performance computing (HPC) a couple of years ago. After experimenting with a couple of options including cloud-based HPC service (e.g. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) and a cost analysis, we decided to build our own HPC Cluster (HPCC). With much help from Henk Meij at Wesleyan, HPCC@williams is up and currently running in test mode. Please contact Adam.Wang@williams.edu or or hpcc@williams.edu if you are interested in the HPCC or have any questions regarding HPCC at williams.

With an anticipated wider demand for high performance computing for research and teaching, OIT is planning to incorporate  additional nodes into the cluster. When this first round of the HPCC project is complete, the cluster will have a total of 256 cores with 896GB RAM.

The setup in test mode:

  • the cluster is called “HPCC@williams” which has four compute nodes and a head node, with a total of 256 job slots/cores (64 on each of the four compute nodes), and 896GB shared RAM.
  • HPCC@williams uses Openlava (LSF) to manage job scheduling and submission and OpenMPI for parallel processing.
  • HPCC has R, Mathematica, Matlab, StataMP installed. More applications will be added after this round of testing.
  • connect to hpcc.williams.edu via ssh.

IDeaL Program and Strategies

Integrating Digital Literacies (IDL) Program

ITech Specialists  work with faculty to re-imagine existing text-based assignments or create unique curricular projects for students that integrate digital skills and methods in pursuit of media scholarship and digital publishing.  Specialists will create and deliver in-class instruction to suit specific assignments or learning goals unique to the course. Depending on the complexity, Specialists may also coordinate additional support sessions outside of class, utilizing trained, student mentors, paid for by OIT.

IDL sessions are not just technology workshops. While often centered around a particular software or application, the sessions aim to dig deeper into the conceptual components of successful media scholarship.

Do you have an idea you would like to discuss? Contact your ITech liaison!

Examples or Modules to consider adopting:

Multimedia narrative – a written script annotated in a video timeline by images audio and video.

  • Format 1: Research based, documentary -style
  • Format 2: Personal/reflective style

Multimedia blog – a public publishing forum for text, image, audio and/or video

Graphic Novel – understanding and creating narratives in graphic novel format

Radio Journalism or Oral History – Audio only based research and publishing

Recent IDeaL course project examples

IDeaL courses for 2014 -15

  • CS 270: – script, storyboarding and video editing basics for compositing computer generated image into video and animations.
  • ENGL 364: – using InDesign for book/publication layout and printing.
  • THEA 305: – using Photoshop for costume design.
  • RLFR 101: – creating graphic novels with Comic Life.
  • ARTS 237: – 3D modeling with Rhino and 3D printing in the Makerspace
  • ENVI 302/303: – intro to GIS for planning
  • MUS 012: – appropriating media for creating mash-ups in Premiere

IDeaL courses for 2013 -14

  • CHIN  404:  Chinese Cultural and Social Issues – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
  • ENGL 213: Radio, Radio – students engaged in broadcast journalism; recording & editing.
  • AMST 301: Theories & Methods in American Studies – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
  • MUS 111: Music Cultures of the World – Course blog site.
  • REL 104: Religious Conflict/Cooperation – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
  • AFR 323: Africana Graphic Novels – presenting research/narrative  in graphic novel format.

IDeaL courses for 2012 – 13

  • AMST 301: Theories & Methods in American Studies – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
  • HIST 359: Presidential Leaders to 1860creating campaign commercials relevant to historical issues & candidates.
  • AFR 200: Introduction to Africana Studies – presenting research in graphic novel format.
  • MUS 138: Introduction to 20th Century Music – creating 60 minute radio broadcasts.
  • DANC 207: Anatomy for Movers – producing mini-documentary style videos.
  • AFR 323: Africana Graphic Novels  – presenting research in graphic novel format.
  • AFR 315: Blackness 2.0 – presenting research in graphic novel format.
  • ENGL 213: Radio, Radio – students engaged in broadcast journalism; recording & editing.
  • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese – students re-voice dialogue to anime films; recording & editing.

IDeaL courses for  2011-12

  • THEA 228: Self Production – using iPads and class blog site to research, write and produce a show.
  • AMST 310: Theories & Methods in American Studiescreating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
  • PSCI 337: Digital Political Theory – using Android tablets to collaborate and enhance discussion.
  • HIST 359: Presidential Leadership, 1776 to 1860creating campaign commercials relevant to historical issues & candidates.
  • AFR 316: Sacred Cinema – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
  • AFR 200: Introduction to Africana Studies – presenting research in graphic novel format.
  • DANC 207: Anatomy for Movers – producing mini-documentary style videos.
  • GERM 104: Intermediate German II – graphic novel production of written and spoken language.

IDeaL courses for  2010-11

  • ENVI/ENGL 257: Imagining Contamination – students will use a blog to publish commentary, reflect on class topics and share research.
  • ENGL 127: Film Montage: students will dissect and reassemble footage from published films to explore the impact of editing on story telling.
  • GERM 101: Students will create graphic novels to practice written and spoken language.
  • DANC 207: Anatomy for Movers – students will have option of creating a mulitmedia narrative (video) as their final project/presentation
  • RUSS 252: Continuing Russian – students will use the multimedia narrative format to relate a personal story in Russian.

Makerspace

cet-makerspaceThe makerspace has its own site at https://williamsmakerspace.wordpress.com

The makerspace in the CET is a place to make the digital world real. With a 3D printer, 3D scanner and a variety of software and hardware tools it’s staffed by students who can assist with printing, or help you learn how to develop your own models and projects.

Who can use it?
The makerspace and equipment is available to any member of the Williams community. If you’d like your class to incorporate 3D printing into your course, please contact your ITech liaison in advance so we can schedule the equipment.

How do I access it?
For students that are unfamiliar with the technology, the best way to start a project is to stop by when the room is open and talk to one of the student staff. Faculty and staff can also contact Jonathan Leamon (jleamon@williams.edu) with any questions.

Where is it located?
The makerspace is in the CET room 242, on the second floor of Sawyer library

How do I get help?
There are FAQ’s and other help documentation available on the makerspace’s website, or stop by the room when it’s open. You can also contact Jonathan Leamon.


Media Services

The primary mission of Media Services/Classroom Support is to develop, implement and support multimedia presentation systems in classrooms and in large presentation spaces such as Chapin Hall, Brooks Rogers Auditorium and Griffin 3. In addition, we assist with the planning and development of technology needs for a wide variety of campus events and aslo assist with the use of the CET recording studio.

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Philip Remillard
Media Services Manager
Office for Information Technology
Sawyer CET
413-597-4519
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Michael S. Amann
Classroom Technology Specialist
Office for Information Technology
Sawyer CET
413-597-4294
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Patrick J. Gray Jr.
Events, Classroom, and Studio Support Specialist
Office for Information Technology
Sawyer CET
413-597-3073
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Lynna Jackson
Computer Labs and Software Administrator
Office for Information Technology
Jesup Hall
413-597-2092
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Jim Lillie
Equipment Loan Center Coordinator
Office for Information Technology
Sawyer CET
413-597-4091

Music Composition Room - Sawyer Library

The Music Composition room is Sawyer 274.

What is it?
The room is equipped with a computer workstation with hardware and software for audio manipulation, synthesis, and sequencing. The software includes Studio One, ProTools, Komplete, Max, Ableton Live, and WaveLab Elements.

Who can use it?
Faculty, staff, and students can use the room from 9 to 5 during weekdays, or during Sawyer Library hours once they receive training.

There is a piano in there, can I just play piano?
No, the piano is a midi device without speakers. It sends data to the computer. With some training, you can learn to route the signals from the piano keyboard to software where sounds can be assigned to the notes and that output can be routed to the speakers or headphones. It is not as simple as turning it on and playing.

How do I access it?
Reserve the space in EMS once it becomes available. Allow 24 hours advance notice for support.

How do I get help?
Request help from Trevor Murphy. Several student workers who are trained as Student Media Consultants will also be able to support the space.


Student Media Consultants (SMC’s)

Student Media Consultants (SMCs) help Williams College community members with the creation of audio, video, and print media in the new Sawyer Library (2nd level CET area). SMCs develop their media production skills through active learning and training. SMCs also partner with Integrating Digital Literacies (IDL) courses by assisting students tasked with assignments that have a technology component.

SMCs are generally available when classes are in session from 10am to 12pm Monday through Friday, 2pm to 5pm Sunday through Friday, and 7pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday. For Current Hours.


Studio 275 (Video/Audio Production)

AboutLightboard/Green Screen Projects

tricast-green-screenThe Media Production Studio, or “Studio 275″ is a fully functioning recording facility for video, audio and music recording. Amenities include a three camera video studio complete with lighting, blue/green screen and live editing capabilities, and audio isolation booth for voice recording.

Who can use it?
Studio 275 is available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access it?
Available by reservation in advance, weekdays, 8am – 5 pm; or by special appointment. Please fill out this form to begin your request.

Where is it located?
Studio 275 is located in the “Production Zone” area of the CET, level 2 of the new Sawyer Library.

How do I get help?
Send an email to studio275@williams.edu.

What is it?

Lightboard is a piece of transparent glass illuminated with LED lights. Instructors facing the camera while also writing on the board are recorded at the same time. We started this project to experiment new ways of lecture recording. More examples of Lightboard at Williams are on Youtube. More about Lightboard at Educause.






Supported Academic Software

Please follow this link to Software

Video/Audio Conversion & Duplication

For more information, please contact Media Services.


Video Conferencing Facilities and Support

The Video Conference room is a 20-seat conference room with high-definition teleconferencing equipment allowing room-to-room communication with similarly equipped facilities at remote locations.

Who can use it?
The video conferencing room will be available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access it?
The room is available by reservation only. We recommend making reservations two weeks in advance. It can be used with the assistance of an operator, or with advance training. Call Media Services at x2112.

Where is it located?
The facility is in Stetson room #308, on the entrance level of Sawyer Library.

How do I get help?
Links to more information are below, or call Media Services at x2112.

More information
The new video conferencing room at the Center for Educational Technology provides high definition connections among participants that promote a high quality level of video presence. The video conferencing room will be available to faculty, staff, and students.

Past academic uses of video conferencing at Williams have included our professors team-teaching with professors in Finland, Australia, Tel Aviv and Cairo; students taking oral exams in Arabic with a professor at Emory University; a Japanese professor and her students chatting with people in Japan; and professors collaborating and sharing work with faculty at other institutions.

Locating our new high definition video conferencing facility near the offices of media services specialists means that OIT staff are readily available to help ensure a successful videoconferencing experience. An additional benefit of this facility is that information technologists, librarians, and other professional staff will be able to connect with colleagues at other institutions without having to leave campus.


Workshops, Tutorials & Training

ITS staff are available to help with individual faculty or class support for academic software programs and Glow LMS. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss training, please email its@williams.edu.

For Media Scholarship for classes, please check the IDeaL Program and Strategies link.