Online training with lynda.com

lyndalogo_std_yITS wants to provide the Colby community the highest quality self-directed technical training available.  The critically acclaimed online training library offered at lynda.com contains more than 1,500 titles ranging from software such as Microsoft Word, FileMaker Pro and Adobe Photoshop to programming languages like HTML and C++ to operating systems like Windows 7 and Mac OS X to broader concepts like photography and time management.  They also offer courses for a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced.  The courses are constantly being updated so you can stay up-to-date on the latest releases of software.

For more information on how to access the training library at lynda.com please contact us at teched@colby.edu or by calling x4217.

Using Colby Apps: New Compose E-mail Window

Google recently announced that they are making changes to the “compose email window” in their webmail interface. Beginning November 20th, this will be an “opt-in” change meaning you can choose to switch to the new look now, and switch back to the old look if you don’t like it, but the new “compose email window” will become default beginning in early 2013 with no option to switch back. Below is a video tour of the new interface:

Here are some additional links for more information:

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/introducing-new-compose-in-gmail.html

https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2645922

Using Colby Apps: Search your e-mail

When most people think of searching the web, they think of Google.  Google has revolutionized the way we find web pages by using a very complicated (and secretive) set of algorithms to take the words we give it and find what usually turns out to be a very helpful list of web pages.

Colby Apps e-mail’s web interface allows you to utilize some of those same search capabilities.

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Fall 2012 Moodle course sites

Fall 2012 Moodle course sites are now available at http://moodle.colby.edu for faculty who wish to begin building them out. You may find links to past course sites on your Moodle course overview page in the “Course sites for other terms” block. Call Ellen Freeman at ext. 4234 or email Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu for help setting up your Moodle course site or visit the online Moodle help site.

Academic ITS supported web services and aggregate use for the 2011-2012 academic year

Academic ITS support three main web platforms for faculty and students. They are the Moodle course management system, the Confluence enterprise wiki, and the WordPress web publishing platform. Each platform has its own strengths and specializations and there are significant overlaps between them in some areas. Following is a description of each service and some aggregate usage statistics for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Using Colby Apps: Google Drive is Coming to Docs

Soon you will notice a change when you visit Colby Apps Docs.  Google is updating the service to include a new feature called “Google Drive.” 

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New Google Apps services accessible using Colby Apps accounts

Three new services on our Google Apps for Education domain can now be used with Colby Apps (you@colby.edu) accounts:

  1. YouTube
  2. Maps
  3. Moderator
Important: If your Colby account is closed due to graduation, transferring, getting a different job, retiring, etc., the data you put in these services will no longer be available to you. Plan to download any data you wish to keep before you leave the College. For more information on downloading your data please visit Google’s Data Liberation website.

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Fall semester technology needs

If you plan to include a technology component or project in a course this fall that will require coordination with the Academic ITS group, please contact me as soon as possible so we may make plans to meet your needs. This includes projects that will require technical training assistance, utilize the resources of the Language Resource Center (LRC) in Lovejoy, the GIS and Quantitative Analysis labs in Diamond, or the Schupf Lab in Keyes. I can be reached at jason.parkhill@colby.edu or campus extension 4213.

Streaming media service changes

The legacy Quicktime streaming media service on the server named “Tourmaline” has been turned off. Academic ITS worked over the past year to identify and work with owners of media streamed by this service to migrate it to the replacement service (Adobe Flash Media Server) or convert it for non-streaming delivery when appropriate.

Because of the varied and ad-hoc manner in which the Tourmaline streaming service was used over the years, it is quite possible some media owners were not identified and some media was not converted or migrated. All media from Tourmaline is backed up and still available for migration or conversion if necessary. If you had media streamed from the service on Tourmaline that doesn’t work now, please contact me so we can help fix it.

Fall 2011 Moodle course sites

Fall 2011 Moodle course sites are now available at http://moodle.colby.edu for faculty who wish to begin building them out. You may find links to past course sites on your Moodle course overview page in the “Course sites for other terms” block. Call Ellen Freeman at ext. 4234 or email Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu for help setting up your Moodle course site or visit the online Moodle help site:

http://wiki.colby.edu/x/dYa