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Academic Technology

Learning technologies can range from decisions about chalkboards versus whiteboards, to learning management systems and online activities, to fully digital projects and publication. We continually investigate technology resources that resonate with and support liberal arts learning.

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We can rebuild it: Taking control of your online privacy by fortifying your web browser

The web browser has come a long, long way from humble origins. For many people these days, a good web browser is the only application you need on a computer - so much so that there are computers out there that are nothing more than a web browser delivery device. It...
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Cybersecurity as a Public Health Concern: Damage Containment

Despite your best efforts, you may still find your computer filled to the brim with malware. I started off this month by talking about what to do if your identity were to be stolen. This will be less about how to recover from specific threats and more about general...
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Living in the digital panopticon: The state of your rights in the digital world

The conversation about government overreach into the private lives of innocent citizens generally centers around one individual whistle blower (or, depending on your point of view, "cowardly traitor"). The current war on whistle blowers is all the more alarming given...
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Does it scan: The cost-benefit analysis of surveillance programs

The Occidental Weekly ran an op-ed piece this week talking about surveillance at Occidental College. I recommend checking it out. In it, Mr. Stevenson writes: Some degree of surveillance on Occidental’s campus and of Americans’ activity generally plays a valuable role...
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Master Google Calendar

Busy, busy, busy...seems to be the constant refrain we all hear these days. There’s a good case to be made for trying to slow down some and avoid The Disease of Being Busy. Technology can’t make you “unbusy,” but Tech Tip of the Week returns this month with a series...
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Highlighted Tools

Poll Everywhere


Use poll everywhere for in class quizzes and polls that students (or other audiences) can answer from their laptops or smart phones.

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Qualtrics is Oxy’s campus wide survey design and distribution platform.

Create accountGo to Qualtrics






Moodle is our learning management system and is used by faculty and students to share course materials, upload assignments, create class discussion forums and more.

Moodle HelpGo to Moodle


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Bibliographic Management and Citation


collect, manage, share and generate citations for research


link to Oxy’s library catalog and resources from anywhere on the web

Media and Audio Production

Adobe Creative Suite

located on computers in the Critical Making Studio and oMac Lab, ground floor of the Academic Commons


professional grade digital audio workstation, Critical Making Studio Audio Booth

Logic X

level up from Garage Band to Logic X, Critical Making Studio Audio Booth

Data Analysis and Visualization

ArcGIS Online

work with maps and geospatial data


statistical analysis tool, available on public computers and for classroom use in Brown Lab and oMac Lab


mixed methods and qualitative analysis tools

Tableau Public

data sharing and visualization


open source statistical tool


quantitative analysis software, located on public computers and available for classroom use in Brown Lab and oMac Lab

Content Management and Web Publication

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Create your own wordpress in OxyCreates

Oxy Creates is a workspace for all Oxy students, faculty and staff to do their own webhosting. The most popular use is to create wordpress sites for clubs, projects or classes.

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Global Crossroads

The Global Crossroads web app is a content authoring platform for Oxy students, faculty, and staff to create, share and display research in progress on the McKinnon Center media wall.

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Scalar, developed at USC, is a web authoring tool that allows users to create media-rich long form scholarly work.

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Omeka is a tool that allows users to create collections and online exhibits of digital resources.