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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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How to Rip Video Clips, Part 1: Downloading from YouTube and Other Video-Hosting Services

Our last tech tip taught you how to get your computer to take a snapshot of your display screen. This week, I'll be offering you a two-part tech tip on how to rip video clips into files that you can store on your computer's hard drive and/or drop into a slideshow...
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Herding cats: Getting a handle on online privacy

A little over 15 years ago, privacy was declared dead by Scott McNealy. In that time, the topic of online privacy has stubbornly remained relevant, surviving not only Sergey Brin's platitudes but also Mark Zuckerberg's attempt to declare it dead a second time....
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Keep Them Closer: Know Who You Need to Secure Yourself From

The standard narrative when talking about cyber security makes assumptions about who your adversary is. For a long time, it was the lone tech-savvy teenager in some Baltic or Eastern European country. Then, it was online criminal enterprises. Most recently, it was...
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More cowbell: Don’t fear the password reaper

Often, the advise on passwords focus on how to make them difficult to guess. While this is at the core of password-based security, focusing solely on password complexity misses the forest for the trees. While large-scale theft of passwords grab headlines, the fact of...
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Taking Privacy to Eleven: Online anonymity for the practical paranoid using Tor

Today we are going to talk about Tor. The US government hates Tor (which, I suppose, gives us common ground with the Russians), despite the fact that it was the US government that developed Tor. Critics of Tor will point to the the Darknet that Tor creates, and the...
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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.