Archive for September, 2007

“Clickers” come to Gustavus

New in the realm of education is a technology called “Audience Response Systems,” fondly known as “Clickers.” Different schools use them in different ways, but at Gustavus, we are implementing them for use as anonymous polling devices. Turning Point Technologies developed a program that works along side PowerPoint, allowing users to create presentations that poll […]

Guest Computer Registration – Fixed

Gustavus provides wireless Internet access for guests of the College. When guests bring a laptop with wireless capability to campus and they open a Web browser, they are re-directed to a registration page and are then provided with limited wireless access. The system that controls guest registration was affected by the recent power outage. Guests […]

Video Conferencing in the Nursing Department

The Nursing Department is taking advantage of Apple’s video conferencing to further their classroom learning environment. The Gustavus Nursing department works closely with the Nursing Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. To facilitate this connection, the two colleges are experimenting with video conferencing as a means of communication. Video chatting allows two people […]

Media Services: New for Fall 2007

The Media Services staff worked tirelessly over the summer to design a new, online check-out system. Should faculty, staff, or students need cameras, lights, microphones, or any other equipment offered by media services, they can simply go here and log in with their Gustavus username and password. After reading an agreement, users can check out […]

Moodle

With the start of the 2007-2008 school year, an increased number of faculty have used Moodle to access and post information about their classes. Moodle is an interactive program that allows faculty to upload syllabi and articles online for student use. They can also monitor online class discussions via the forum and issue quizzes, along […]

New Profiles Browsing Features

We just added a few nice features to make browsing the new profiles an easier and richer experience. We hope that these features will encourage visitors to explore the profiles and get to know some of the personalities on campus. You can now browse profiles by department or by tag. We also added a visually […]

GusTV Update

As you may have noticed, there were a couple of channels on GusTV that did not have any guide information. Well this afternoon we resolved the issues we were having with the guide information for those channels. Now you can view the upcoming schedule for Fox Mankato ( KEYC-FO ) and see where it differs […]

Opening day at the new stadium

This past Saturday I spent the day at the new football stadium here at Gustavus Adolphus College. I started the day by placing a webcam in the home team’s radio booth to capture images for the Gustavus website as well as to create a time lapse video of the day. We also used that camera […]

Introducing Profiles

We have just put on the finishing touches on the first version of a new profile system that will allow faculty and staff to create a “professional profile” via their web browsers. We’ve tried to keep the form fairly simple and easy-to-use, supplementing the user-provided information with details gleaned from our master database system. The […]

Temporary Webmail Outage

The Gustavus Webmail system experienced an unplanned outage from last night up until 7:45 this morning. This only affected users with usernames starting with D-J. If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Helpline at x6111.