Fall 2021

Faculty Sharing Sessions, Hosted by Academic Technology Services

Podcasting: Performance as Pedagogy

Wednesday, September 29th 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty Panelists:  Lloyd BarbaManuela Picq 

Additional Faculty Examples: Vanessa Walker

Academic Technology Services (ATS), Multimedia Services, and the Writing Center present a faculty sharing session on "Podcasting: Performance as Pedagogy". We invite you to join the discussion, whether you’ve used Podcasts in your courses before or are interested in trying them in the future.

Faculty panelists will share their experiences using Podcasts as creative assignments in their courses. Information will also be provided about the various resources available on campus to support this type of assignment, such as multimedia technologies, training for effective performance, and support for pedagogical and accessibility considerations. Following the sharing of this information will be an open discussion among all session attendees.

This session will meet via Zoom. Please RSVP below! 

Can’t make it? Here are some related links, and feel free to reach out to us anytime for help or advice.

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Summer 2021

Summer Workshops and Events

The Library, the Writing Center, the SURF program, and Academic Technology Services offer a number of programs for Amherst College students doing research on campus during the summer, as well as other members of the community. Find out more here.

Spring 2021

Faculty Sharing Sessions, Hosted by Academic Technology Services

Collaborative Annotation with Perusall and Other Tools

Thursday, April 8th 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty Panelists: Anna Abramson, Christopher GrobeDavid Hanneke, Sarah Hews, Catherine Infante, Yael Rice

The Academic Technology Services (ATS) office presents a faculty sharing session on "Collaborative Annotation with Perusall and Other Tools". We invite you to join the discussion, whether you’ve used Perusall or other annotation tools before or are interested in trying them in the future. 

In the first half of this session, faculty panelists will share their experience of using Perusall and other annotation tools to build reading communities, and to promote collaboration and critical analysis in the Amherst courses. They will share concrete strategies for linking asynchronous and synchronous modalities of learning, and will also discuss the challenges of teaching remotely during the pandemic. Examples from a wide range of disciplines will illustrate the replicability of these strategies in any course. Panelists will also talk about how digital annotation tools can be relevant in face-to-face courses even after the pandemic. The second half of the session will be an open discussion among all session attendees.

ATS staff will be on hand after the session from 1 - 1:30 pm to answer any technical questions or demonstrate any specific Perusall features attendees are interested in.

Session will meet via Zoom. Please RSVP below! 

Can’t make a session? Here are some related links, and feel free to reach out anytime to askIT@amherst.edu for help or advice. 

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Teaching Remotely Using Kaltura and Other Video Tools

Thursday, April 15th 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty Panelists: Kat Correira, David Hall, Darryl Harper, Mohamed Hassan, Chris Kingston, Samantha Presnal

Multimedia content plays a crucial role in Amherst courses this year, and one new tool many faculty have quickly integrated into their teaching is the video platform. Faculty have begun to use Kaltura (new to Amherst in Fall 2020), and/or expanded the use of other tools such as Explain Everything.

During this session we will hear and discuss how several faculty members have incorporated video tools (Kaltura/Explain Everything/Moodle) and other multi-media strategies into their teaching this year, with examples including the production and publishing of instructional videos and microlectures, designing interactive video quizzes, and allowing students to share their own recordings for assignments and discussions. 

ATS and IT Multimedia staff will be on hand after the session from 1 - 1:30 pm to answer any technical questions or demonstrate any specific video tool features attendees are interested in. 

Session will meet via Zoom. Please RSVP below! 

Can’t make a session? Here are some related links, and feel free to reach out anytime to askIT@amherst.edu for help or advice. 

Click Here to Register

 


January 2021

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

A map of Massachusetts municipalities, showing the accuracy of a model of hispanic residents. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps;
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data;
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds;
• Track human, animal, and plant populations; and
• Map locations from a GPS receiver.

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth);
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses);
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver);
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data); and
• Extracting Map Features

ArcGIS can be (but does not need to be) installed on faculty, staff, and student Windows computers, or on Macs running Windows under Parallels (note link to the Student Edition) or a similar virtual machine (16 GB of total RAM is highly recommended!). Download ArcGIS 10.7.1 from the Amherst Software Collection. Other arrangements will be made for participants who do not have a capable computer.

This workshop will begin on Friday, January 29, 1 PM – 3 PM, and will run asynchronously thereafter, with a couple of check-ins per week, ending around February 11.

Please contact Andy Anderson for more information.

Please register to receive course details: 

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Introduction to Explain Everything: Presentations and Collaborative Whiteboard

Explain Everything icon: a script “E” Explain Everything is a general-purpose whiteboard application that is exceptionally useful for designing and creating educational videos. You can import PowerPoint slides and other documents and lay them out on the whiteboard, insert other materials such as images and short videos (e.g. of yourself), animate them, draw on them with a number of tools to annotate, add ideas, and provide an in-classroom feel, and turn the end result into a video to share with your students for asynchronous study.

You can learn more about Explain Everything here.

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Please register here.

Example of an Explain Everything Whiteboard that is simultaneously visible on a desktop, a tablet, an iPad, and an iPhone.