Semester Updates

Classroom improvements

  • Computer login time is significantly improved (~15 seconds for second and subsequent logins).  The first login will take a bit longer: 30-45 seconds on PCs, up to 60 seconds on Macs.

  • Faculty can now install software on instructor computers without LTS assistance, and will remain on the computer for the semester. We are still happy to do this for you with advanced notice.

  • Region-free Bluray DVDs are now in all classrooms.

  • SMART boards have been installed in Clapp 346 and FND 225.

Wireless = Wellesley

All wireless will be now be called “wellesley” and “nostrings” will go away in August/September.

Multifunction Device (MFD) printing

New higher volume printers replaced the HP printers and release stations in our libraries and computing labs.

  • You can print, copy and staple in B&W, color, and on 11×17 paper using your PaperCut quota.

  • You can scan to email right from the printer.

  • Color and 11×17 printing is now available in Clapp, the Science Library and the Art Library. B&W 11x17 printing is also available in the Music Library.

  • Printing is now available at the Wang Campus Center.

Public printing

To enable guest printing and copying, quotas are now be represented in $ amounts instead of pages. The $10 default quota for Fall 2013 is the same as the 1,000 page default quota for Spring 2013. Increases can still be requested using our online form. Signs and instructions are available in all printing locations. Email papercut-support@wellesley.edu with any problems or suggestions.

Department printing

Many academic and administrative departments received Konica Minolta multifunction copier/scanner/printers at the end of May. All devices are capable of scan to email, printing, as well as secure release of print jobs. If you need additional training on your new device or to report a problem, please contact Conway directly 603-889-8563. LTS can help you set up your computer to print for the first time.

Sakai 2.9 upgrade

Based on positive faculty feedback, we upgraded to version 2.9 for Fall 2013 (more info). Instead of dramatic changes in the new version, you’ll see improvements like these:

  • Drop-down menus in place of tabs

  • Automatic “Paste from Word” text cleanup

  • Full-screen text editing

  • Additional options for dropping some grades

  • New Lessons tool allows students to create content and comment on pages

  • Text editor on mobile devices — post to forums, set up assignments, and more

Course support for Sakai, Google, etc.

Course Support “drop-ins” are available through August 30th. Faculty can call the Instructional Technology line at x4848 (xITIT) Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm to ask questions or request one-on-one assistance.

Clapp Library extended hours continue

We will continue to extend Clapp Library hours for the Fall semester: Sunday-Thursday midnight to 2am hours will begin on Mon. 9/16.  Branch library hours remain unchanged. (Fall 2013 library hours)

Clapp ILL materials no longer self-serve

All ILL materials are available at the Clapp Service Desk (includes ILL, NExpress, WorldCat Local, and Wellesley holds) to prevent unnecessary overdue notices and provide a consistent check-out process for items borrowed from our multiple lending partners.

“Do we need Digital Scholarship?”

In the torrent of writing about the role of technology in higher education few commentators mention the creation of new knowledge. Should the scholarship that embodies scholarly knowledge, that at once defines, circumscribes, and conveys new scholarly thinking, alter its form and substance in the new digital world?     

Please save the date for this kick-off event in the launch of our Digital Scholarship Initiatives program on Wednesday, September 18th at 12:30 in Collins Cinema with President Ed Ayers from the University of Richmond. Additional programming will be announced throughout the year. To begin exploring digital scholarship tools and projects, contact Jenifer Bartle, our new Manager for DSI, at jbartle@wellesley.edu.

Quantitative Analysis Institute

The new Quantitative Analysis Institute is designed to expand the role of statistics in both research and teaching at Wellesley. For faculty, the QAI provides statistical consulting, workshops, and course-specific student programming.

  • Statistical consulting is available for any aspect of a research project, including study design in addition to data analysis. Consulting will be conducted by the QAI director, along with other Boston-area statisticians as needed.

  • Statistics workshops for faculty can be aimed at a department or at a cross-disciplinary group with a common interest. A periodic work-in-progress seminar is also planned, so that faculty engaged in quantitative research can share ideas, receive feedback, and discuss statistical complications that arise in their work. There will be workshops from guest visitors in addition to the QAI director.

  • Lessons or workshops targeted at students in a particular course can focus on a quantitative topic that arises in the course material, recent examples of statistics applied to certain field, etc.

Ideas and suggestions for any of these aspects of the QAI are welcome; contact QAI Director Cassandra Pattanayak at cpattanayak@wellesley.edu.

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