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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.

Resource List

Clouds of Mystery – a brief introduction to cloud services for file management

A wise person who was sitting across from me once said, “There’s nothing magical about the cloud. It's still just a computer, somewhere.” The same person also said, “There is no “the cloud”. There are lots of “clouds” and all of them are owned, whether by Apple,...
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Déjà vu all over again: Tackling cybersecurity by focusing on the security rather than the cyber

Cybersecurity, as with cyberanything, can be an intimidating topic simply because all of that "cyber" stuff gets in the way. Cybersecurity is often treated as a technical support issue so advice on cybersecurity gets pigeonholed into the "if you have problem x,...
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Cybersecurity as a Public Health Concern: Preventative Measures

There's a lot to cover here so let's just dive right in. Antivirus Software You can download free copies of Sophos Anti-Virus from the ITS website for personal use for Windows and Macs. If you're looking for other options, there are many: BitDefender makes what is, at...
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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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A Different Job Title and a Different Approach to Thinking About Cybersecurity

Last year was the first time we at Oxy actively contributed content to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year, as you've no doubt noticed, we're back at it again. One slight change this year is to my job title, which is now Director of...
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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.

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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.