Service Reminders for Spring 2019 Courses

Sakai:

Spring 2019 Sakai course sites were created on January 10th and have been populated with faculty and students. If you have not yet requested your ubercourses, this would be a good time to do so. If you’re having trouble finding and organizing your sites in the new Home site, please read our Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Sakai Sites.

As part of the College’s website accessibility initiative, we have added a link to the HMC Accessibility web page on all HMC Spring 2019 Sakai course sites. This is one of the requirements for compliance with accessibility requirements. If you’re using a web site other than Sakai to host course materials, we’d appreciate it if you would add a link to https://www.hmc.edu/website-accessibility/ to your site as well. If you’d like to learn more about how to make your course materials more accessible, please contact us at the  CIS Help Desk (helpdesk@hmc.edu or 909 607 7777).

Mudd Shots:

Course Mudd Shots are now available only on the HMC Portal. The HMC Portal version includes photos of non-HMC students. The HMC web site version has been retired and is no longer available. More information and links are available in the Mudd Shots Service Catalog Page.

Google Groups:

Course mailing lists have been created in Google Groups. You can see them in your My Groups list or get a full list of all course mailing lists at: Spring 2019 Course Mailing Lists on Google Groups.

With additional feedback from the HMC Computing Committee we have created a “master” Google Group for all courses that have multiple sections. For example, phys-51@g.hmc.edu contains all faculty and students associated with all 11 sections of Physics 51. Master lists will be automatically maintained just like the other Google Groups for courses. You may need to manually remove previous instructors from the course since our automatic removal scripts don’t yet have that functionality.

Gradescope

The use of Gradescope, the online grading platform, has become more popular over the past couple of years. If you are interested in trying it out this semester please send an email to the CIS Help Desk and one of the ARCS team can help you set it up. We recommend using students’ username@hmc.edu addresses when adding them to Gradescope rather than giving them a code to self-enroll. This helps avoid students’ having multiple Gradescope accounts. We can also help by sending you a spreadsheet that you can import into Gradescope that includes students’ Sakai usernames and section numbers.

Classroom technology:

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many classrooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment in this document: AV Equipment in HMC Class/Meeting Rooms.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center and other classroom  includes:

  1. Laptop carts
  2. Lecture capture
  3. iClickers
  4. Smartboard
  5. Video cameras for displaying experiments

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

  1. We have three carts with 15 laptops each, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. Laptops are made available on a first come, first served basis so please let us know as soon as you can if you need laptops for your class. Also, consider carefully how many laptops you need or if at some point you realize that your class is using fewer laptops than you requested, please update your requests so that the systems can be made available for other classes. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit  the Laptop Cart Reservation Service Catalog Page. You can find a full list of the software that is included on the laptops and the CIS lab computers in this document: Lab Software in CIS Managed Labs and Carts.
  2. 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. Each of the Galileo Auditoria also now have lecture capture available. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at the Lecture Capture Service Catalog Page.
  3. Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. Faculty can borrow sets of 50 iClickers and a wireless receiver from CIS. We can also help install the iClicker software on your computer and provide training on how to use the system. More information about the iClickers can be found at the iClicker Service Catalog Page.
  4. We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2460). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.
  5. 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 lecture capture rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

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 the CIS AV Request Form or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. If possible, please do not wait until the last minute to submit your requests.

Have a great Spring semester!

Service Reminders for Fall 2018 Courses

Sakai:

Fall 2018 Sakai course sites have been populated with faculty and students. If you’re having trouble finding and organizing your sites in the new Home site, please read our Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Sakai Sites.

As part of the College’s website accessibility initiative, we have added a link to the HMC Accessibility web page on all HMC Fall 2018 Sakai course sites. This is one of the requirements for compliance with accessibility requirements. If you’re using a web site other than Sakai to host course materials, we’d appreciate it if you would add a link to https://www.hmc.edu/website-accessibility/ to your site as well. If you’d like to learn more about how to make your course materials more accessible, please contact us at the  CIS Help Desk (helpdesk@hmc.edu or 909 607 7777).

Mudd Shots:

Course Mudd Shots are now available only on the HMC Portal. The HMC Portal version includes photos of non-HMC students. The HMC web site version has been retired and is no longer available. More information and links are available in the Mudd Shots Service Catalog Page.

Google Groups:

Course mailing lists have been created in Google Groups. You can see them in your My Groups list or get a full list of all course mailing lists at: Fall 2018 Course Mailing Lists on Google Groups. The list will be updated with

With additional feedback from the HMC Computing Committee we have created a “master” Google Group for all courses that have multiple sections. For example, phys-51@g.hmc.edu contains all faculty and students associated with all 11 sections of Physics 51. Master lists will be automatically maintained just like the other Google Groups for courses. You may need to manually remove previous instructors from the course since our automatic removal scripts don’t yet have that functionality.

Classroom technology:

In addition to the video projectors, LCD TVs (in the 12-person classrooms), speakers and screens, many classrooms have resident document cameras, Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD/VHS players. You can find a full list of which rooms have what equipment in this document: AV Equipment in HMC Class/Meeting Rooms.

Other technology available for use in the Shanahan Center and other classroom  includes:

  1. Laptop carts
  2. Lecture capture
  3. iClickers
  4. Smartboard
  5. Video cameras for displaying experiments

More details on these other technologies can be found below:

  1. We have three carts with 15 laptops each, which are stored on the second floor of the Shanahan Center for use throughout the building. Laptops are made available on a first come, first served basis so please let us know as soon as you can if you need laptops for your class. Also, consider carefully how many laptops you need or if at some point you realize that your class is using fewer laptops than you requested, please update your requests so that the systems can be made available for other classes. If you’d like more information about the laptops and how to reserve them, please visit  the Laptop Cart Reservation Service Catalog Page.You can find a full list of the software that is included on the laptops and the CIS lab computers in this document: Lab Software in CIS Managed Labs and Carts.
  2. 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. Each of the Galileo Auditoria also now have lecture capture available. You can visit the CIS web site for more information at the Lecture Capture Service Catalog Page.
  3. Clickers (personal response systems) are also available for loan. Faculty can borrow sets of 50 iClickers and a wireless receiver from CIS. We can also help install the iClicker software on your computer and provide training on how to use the system. More information about the iClickers can be found at the iClicker Service Catalog Page.
  4. We have one Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) for faculty to try out. While the Smartboard is on a mobile stand, it is too big and heavy to move between classrooms, so we are currently keeping it in one of the technology-rich classrooms (Shanahan 2460). Use of the Smartboard is on a first come, first served basis so please let us know right away if you would like to try it out in your class, as we may need time to work with the Registrar to reschedule classrooms.
  5. 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 lecture capture rooms listed above, or CIS can set up one for you.

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 the CIS AV Request Form or send us an email at helpdesk@hmc.edu.

We ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice when submitting a request. If possible, please do not wait until the last minute to submit your requests.

Have a great Fall semester!

Academic and Research Computing Services: A New Name for ETS

The ARCS teamWe are thrilled to announce our new group name, Academic and Research Computing Services or ARCS for short. Our new name reflects the expanded services that we now offer to the HMC community. This includes more support for research computing, as well as instructional design services. The arrival of our new instructional designer, Dr. Yi Luo, and our new Research Computing Intern, Chu Oguejiofor, makes this a good time to introduce our new group name. Academic and Research Computing Services (ARCS), will be used in all of our communications with the community starting today.

You can read more about Yi and Chu in these separate news articles:

In connection with our new name, we’re also happy to announce our new website at http://www.hmc.edu/cis/cis-arcs/. Our new website describes the services that we offer with examples of pilots and projects that we’ve worked on with faculty, staff and students. Please take a look and send us your feedback.

The services ARCS offers are:

  • Projects: The Academic and Research Computing team sends out a request for educational technology projects three times a year. Our goal is to work with groups across campus to expand the use of educational technology and instructional design throughout the college.
  • Pilots: The Academic and Research Computing Services (ARCS) team regularly performs trials of new technology in “real world” situations within HMC. By this we typically select a few faculty members to test out new technology in their course, and then ask for feedback about how it worked for them. We then investigate the practicality of implementing that new technology either across campus, or for select courses/classrooms.
  • Instructional Design: Instructional Design is the process of developing learning experiences and course content. It’s a sort of “learning engineering,” using research, technology, and design thinking to build effective learning experiences.
  • Research Computing: Academic and Research Computing Services (ARCS) provides research computing services including high-performance computing (HPC), high-throughput computing (HTC), data intensive computing, Big Data analytics, large scale data storage resources, and other advanced digital services related to research activities.

Prof. Bill Daub Awarded XSEDE Research Allocation

Harvey Mudd College’s computational chemistry lab has been awarded supercomputing resources to support two senior thesis studies on density functional theory (DFT) calculations applied to ketal and ortho ester Claisen rearrangements. The award (165K core hours + 2 TB disk space) is worth about $8,000 for the first year and renewable based on the needs and progress.

Chemistry Professor Bill Daub was awarded startup allocations from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) in 2016 and his students (Gabriel Phun ‘18 and Kareesa Kron ‘18) used the allocations for their summer research, producing a significant amount of results. One of his students, Gabriel Phun ‘18 told us the story of his summer research.

Based on the results, Prof. Daub (PI) and CIS’ Dr. Jeho Park (Co-PI) worked together and requested a substantial amount of computing time from two supercomputer centers (San Diego Supercomputing Center and Texas Advanced Computing Center). The proposal went through a competitive process, designed in a similar fashion to the NSF peer-review system. The committee notified us of its approval on December 15, 2017. The new research allocation, which is good until the end of 2018, will provide enough computing power for the students’ senior thesis studies. Unlike the startup allocations, which have some limitations like the project term being only one year, the research computing allocations can be renewed after the first year and more computing time may be added as needed based on the project progress. If you would like to know more about supercomputer resources through XSEDE, please contact Jeho Park at jepark@hmc.edu.

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CIS Welcomes Chu Oguejiofor in the Research Computing Internship Position

Chu OguejioforAcademic and Research Computing Services is delighted to introduce our new Research Computing Intern, Chu Oguejiofor. Chu is a Ph.D. student at CGU, studying data science and analytics. He holds a M.S. degree in Business Analytics from Kent State University and B.S. in Computer Science from California Lutheran University. Chu has an excellent background in data visualization and analytics using Tableau and R. He also has a keen interest in machine learning and computer programming.

The research computing internship position was created to meet the growing demands for research computing services at Harvey Mudd. Chu will work with Dr. Jeho Park (the Associate Director of Research Computing at CIS) to provide workshops and one-on-one consultations for research projects and education that utilize data analytics tools and advanced high performance computing resources.

CIS Welcomes Dr. Yi Luo in the Instructional Designer Position

Dr. Yi LuoAcademic and Research Computing Services is very happy to introduce our new Instructional Designer, Dr. Yi Luo. Dr. Luo has a PhD in Learning, Design and Technology from Purdue University. Before coming to HMC, Dr. Luo was an Instructional Designer at the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked with faculty to design both online and blended courses in Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard Learn and Moodle. She was also the instructional designer for a number of Illinois MOOCs on Coursera.

Dr. Luo has many research interests, including:

  • Technology integration in teaching and learning, especially in science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) disciplines
  • Online learning and learning analytics
  • Emerging technologies in education (e.g. Web 2.0 technologies,mobile technologies)
  • Methodology issues, such as assessment and measurement issues (e.g. the development of valid and reliable instruments to measure various constructs), program evaluation (e.g. formative and summative), and the effectiveness of various types of programs on students’ perception, motivation, attitudes and behaviors

In Dr. Luo’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, and exploring the parks and museums of Los Angeles with her husband and 1.5-year-old son.