The Educational Technology and Media Services group has been in existence for a little over 5 years, having been created in 2009 when the group split off from the User Support Group. CIS was able to make this change thanks to a generous grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation which made it possible to create two new positions: Director of Educational Technology (Elizabeth Hodas) and Scientific Computing Specialist (Jeho Park). When the group was created we decided to combine educational technology with audiovisual services and both Michael Meyka and James Sadler left the User Support Group and joined ETMS.
The CIS department has seen a lot of changes since then. The User Support Group has grown to five permanent, full-time staff and is now under the leadership of Cindy Abercrombie. The campus has seen some big changes too, especially with the opening of the Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning. We have seen a sharp increase in demand for audiovisual support. At the same time, there is more interest in incorporating technology in teaching and research. This spring we took the opportunity to consider how best to continue providing support for audiovisual services while increasing the scope of educational technology support.
As a result we have moved Michael Meyka, our Multimedia Support Manager, back into the User Support Group where he will have access to more operational resources. He will continue to lead the provision of audiovisual support for classes, meetings and large events with assistance from the User Support Group. James Sadler has been promoted and has a new title, Instructional Media Specialist, and will remain in the Educational Technology Services Group. We’ve changed our group name to reflect our new emphasis on technology in the classroom, high performance computing and exploration of new technologies. In his new position, James will focus on providing support to faculty and students in their use of educational technology in the classroom. His first big project has been implementing and supporting our new lecture capture system in the Shanahan Center. This summer the ETS group will be re-evaluating our faculty development program and preparing for some exciting new technology pilots in the fall. We look forward to being able to expand our services in support of educational technology at HMC.
On May 27th, Pomona will be switching to a new authentication system for The Claremont Colleges instance of Sakai. We will be using a system called CAS (Central Authentication Service) for logging in to Sakai. While there will be a different user interface for logging in, you will still be using the same username and password.
The first difference you will see is that there will be two login buttons (“Login” and “Guest Login”) on the top right page.
Guest account users who don’t have a college username and password will need to click the “Guest Login” button. The login process will be the same as before for guest users after this point. Claremont Sakai users who have a college username and password should click the “Login” button for the new login system. This will redirect you to the new CAS login page as shown below:
On that screen, you will need to “select your college” and then enter your college username and password. If you select “Remember My College”, you will not need to select your college on subsequent logins. You can enter either your full Sakai username (i.e. ehodas@hmc) or your shortened username (i.e. ehodas) once you have selected your college.
Once CAS authenticates you, you will see your Sakai homepage as usual. To sign out, press the logout button and close the browser. You must exit the browser to fully log out from CAS when you have finished.
If you have any questions about the migration or about CAS, please contact the HMC Help Desk.
This summer the Pomona IT staff will be upgrading the consortial Sakai server to version 2.9. We are currently running version 2.8. The Sakai Administration Team will be testing version 2.9 over the summer, with a tentative upgrade date of August 12, 2014. More information on how long Sakai will be down during the upgrade will be available as we get closer to the upgrade date.
Some important dates to keep in mind:
- April 29, 2014: Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 5C course sites created, but not populated with faculty and staff. Faculty can request that they be added manually to a site by contacting the Help Desk with the name and section number of the course.
- May 16, 2014: Summer 2014 5C course sites populated with faculty and students.
- June 10, 2014: Spring 2014 course sites unpublished. Students can no longer see these sites, but faculty still have access.
- August 12, 2014: Upgrade to Sakai 2.9. Sakai will most likely be unavailable for some amount of time. More information will be available as we approach this date.
- August 19, 2014: Fall 2014 5C course sites will be populated with faculty and students.
The release notes tell us that “Version 2.9 of Sakai contains significant performance improvements, updated technical infrastructure, hundreds of bug fixes (over 600 bug fixes and over 20 security improvements), and it sports a new, updated look and feel, including smoother navigation, with a new neo-portal skin. Significant features have been added to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools in core Sakai. Major additions and improvements have been made to the “Indies,” including Lessons, which is now turned on by default, Samigo Test & Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages.”
CIS is very excited to announce the post-spring break events specially hand-picked for you. We have three scientific computing seminars lined up for the week of March 24th and April 1st. If you are interested, please pick one or two (or even all three) and register online to reserve your seat. Please find the details below:
MathWorks MATLAB Seminar:
Wednesday, March 26th from 12:45 pm to 3:30 pm in Sprague Learning Studio Classroom
Register online at https://www.mathworks.com/hmc2014
Title: Programming with MATLAB
Topics covered will include:
• Basics of the MATLAB programming language
• Automating with scripts
• Building robust, maintainable functions
• Tools for efficient program development
• Using objects and authoring classes in MATLAB
Parallel Computing Seminar:
Thursday, March 27th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Sprague Learning Studio Classroom
Register online at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-seminar_registration_spring2014
Title: Parallel Computing with MPI (Message Passing Interface)
Topics covered will include:
• Basics of Parallel Processing
• Ways to make your program run (much) faster
• Hands-on examples of MPI
XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop on OpenACC GPU Programming:
Tuesday, April 1st from 8:00 am to 2 pm in Sprague Learning Studio Classroom
Register online at https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/163
Title: OpenACC* GPU Programming
Topics covered will include:
• Parallel Computing and Accelerators
• Intro to OpenACC
• Using OpenACC with CUDA Libraries
• Advanced OpenACC and OpenMP 4.0
*OpenACC is the accepted standard using compiler directives to allow quick development of GPU capable codes using standard languages and compilers. It has been used with great success to accelerate real applications within very short development periods. This workshop assumes knowledge of either C or Fortran programming.
- Event: XSEDE HPC Workshop – MPI (Message Passing Interface)
- Date: Decemver 4th and 5th, 2013 (two-day workshop)
- Time: 8 am to 2 pm (you may participate in part of the workshop if you want)
- Location: Learning Studio Classroom in Sprague
- Registration: https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/153/session/289
Harvey Mudd College will be participating in Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s XSEDE HPC Workshop about MPI (Message Passing Interface) as a remote site. MPI is a message passing library standard that can be used to parallelize your serial C/Fortran program and algorithm to exploit multi-node, multi-core clusters (or supercomputers) for enhanced performance and/or accuracy. If you are interested in learning MPI, please register for the workshop through XSEDE and come join us in the Learning Studio Classroom on Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th.
This is a two-day intensive workshop through which you can learn from the basics to more advanced skills of MPI programming.
The tentative agenda given below is subject to change.
Wednesday, December 4
All times given are PST
- 08:00 Welcome
- 08:15 Computing Environment
- 09:00 Intro to Parallel Computing
- 10:00 Lunch break
- 11:00 Introduction to MPI
- 12:30 Introductory Exercises
- 01:30 Scalable Programming: Laplace code
- 02:00 Adjourn/Laplace Exercises
Thursday, December 5
All times given are PST
- 08:00 Laplace Exercises
- 09:00 Laplace Solution
- 09:30 Lunch break
- 10:30 Advanced MPI
- 11:30 Outro to Parallel Computing
- 12:30 MPI Debugging and Profiling
- 01:30 Adjourn
Please visit the workshop page for more information: https://www.psc.edu/index.php/training/xsede-hpc-workshop-december-2013
For more information about other XSEDE HPC trainings, please visit the course calendar page at https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar
For any questions, please contact Jeho Park (x79023 or email email@example.com) at CIS
[Online Registration for Harvey Mudd College is open at https://portal.xsede.org/course-calendar/-/training-user/class/152/session/271.]
Harvey Mudd College will be participating in Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s XSEDE HPC Workshop about OpenACC. If you are interested in learning GPU programming with OpenACC, please register for the workshop through XSEDE and come join us in Learning Studio Classroom on Tuesday, November 5th. OpenACC is a GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) programming standard for C and Fortran. Using accelerators such as GPUs is a great way to substantially reduce the computational time of computationally-expensive numerical algorithms such as dense linear algebra problems and FFT. And OpenACC is an easy way to enable GPU computing blocks in your program.
(If your schedule is too tight to commit yourselves for the whole five-hour workshop, you can register for the workshop and just participate in the sections for “Intro to OpenACC” from 9:15 am to 10:00 am and/or from 11 am to 1 pm to get an idea how you can use OpenACC for your program.)
Now that the crush of the start of classes has eased a bit, we’d like to announce the Fall 2013 schedule for the Bite of Learning Series. A Bite of Learning is an informal series of lunch-time presentations held in the Aviation Room in the Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons on the HMC Campus. We usually schedule 5 or 6 presentations per semester, with the focus being new or innovative uses of technology in teaching or research. This semester we have an exciting lineup of speakers to announce.
In October we start up with a presentation by Chris Clark from the HMC Engineering department. Prof. Clark will be presenting on “Robotics: Motivation for Learning.” Lindsay Janssen and Prof. Steven Casper from Keck Graduate Institute will talk about their experiences using iRubric for writing assessment.
In November Allegra Swift from the Claremont Colleges Library will talk about Open Access Online Journal Publishing and Scholarship at the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer College’s experiences with online course evaluations is the topic of Joanne Zhang’s presentation on November 19th.
In December Prof. Katherine Van Heuvelen, Kevin Heath (HMC ’16) and Jeho Park (CIS) will talk about using the XSEDE supercomputing resource and on Jeho’s role as XSEDE Campus Champion.
We’re looking forward to a great semester and hope you can join us at A Bite of Learning. The full schedule can be found on the Bite of Learning web site at http://www.hmc.edu/bol.
If you are planning on only using the video projectors or LCD screens in the new Shanahan Center this Fall, then read no further. If you are planning on using any other technology (and especially if you did NOT respond to the faculty technology survey that was distributed earlier this summer) you should read on.
In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, we will be providing additional technology in the Shanahan Center on request. This includes:
- Document cameras
- Blu-Ray/DVD players
- DVD/VHS players
- Lecture capture
- Videocameras for projecting experiments
We have installed document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD and DVD/VHS players in the classrooms where faculty requested their use in every session of their class or at least once a week. We also plan on delivering the laptop carts to several courses that requested their use in every class session.
In addition, we have scheduled a number of classes for lecture capture recording of every class session. Recently we purchased a commercial system called Mediasite that will automatically capture audio and video of the speaker as well as video of anything projected through the video projector, such as Powerpoint slides. There are six rooms in the Shanahan Center that are lecture capture-ready, including the Lecture Hall (1430), the Recital Hall (B480), the 85 person classroom (B460) and three rooms on the 2nd floor (2450, 2454 and 2460). All of those rooms have a video camera and microphone. You can read more about lecture capture here.
We will have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. Unfortunately, it has not yet been delivered, so we have not had a chance to test it out and provide training. So we’ll have to keep you posted on that front.
Many faculty also like to be able to project a demonstration or experiment from the front of the room to one of the big screens. The document camera is capable of doing this or you can use a video camera, either one of the built-in video cameras available in the 6 rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.
Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. At this point all freshmen, sophomores and juniors have purchased iClickers so if you do not have any seniors in your class all you need is to borrow a wireless receiver and install the iClicker software in order to use the iClickers in your class. We also have sets of iClickers that you can borrow if you have seniors in your class.
If you’re interested in using one of these technology services in a class, please submit a request to the CIS Help Desk. You can use our AV request form at http://www.formstack.com/forms/hmc-avrequest or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we upgrade Sakai to version 2.8 in August, some tools will no longer be available. Most of the retired tools have not been used by most faculty and staff. However, one tool, Blogger, has been used in some Sakai sites. It is being replaced by a new tool called Blogs. Content in the old tool will NOT be available once we upgrade. So if you have content in an old Sakai site that you still want you will need to export that content BEFORE the upgrade. The tentative date for the upgrade to Sakai 2.8 is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. You can contact email@example.com for help in doing this, or use our easy documentation to do it yourself. The documentation is located at: http://goo.gl/bFMLqM.
During preparations for upgrading Sakai to version 2.8 the Sakai Administration Team examined the full list of tools available in Sakai 2.7. After considering factors such as history of use, bug reports, and the list of tools currently supported by the Sakai community, we decided to remove some tools from the list of tools that will be available in Sakai 2.8. The full list of tools that will no longer be available in Sakai 2.8:
- Blogger: Replaced by Blogs tool
- Linktool: Not currently used
- Reports: Not currently used
- Timeline: Has not been updated by developer
- Evaluation System: Not frequently used and has bugs
- Modules: Replaced by Lessons tool
The Blogger tool has been discontinued by the Sakai community and is being replaced by another tool called Blogs. It is the only tool in the list that has been used with any frequency. After we upgrade to Sakai 2.8 the Blogger tool will no longer appear in the list of tools that can be added to a new or existing Sakai site. It will be replaced by Blogs in the Site Info/Edit tools list. If the tool already existed in a Sakai site, it will still appear in the list of tools on the left hand side of the site, but will not work. So if you want to save the content from an old instance of Blogger you will need to export the content BEFORE we upgrade to Sakai 2.8. The tentative date for the upgrade to Sakai 2.8 is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help in doing this, or use our easy documentation to do it yourself. The documentation is located at: http://goo.gl/bFMLqM.