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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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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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When in Doubt, Restart.

Computers, phones, tablets, and electronic devices in general sometimes just stop working or slow down for seemingly no reason. We’ve all experienced times when we just want to throw a phone across a room or kick a computer for disobeying us. While cathartic, this is...
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Resolutions for the New Semester: Backing up your data

If you have never known the pain of losing all of your files when your computer hard drive fails or a device is stolen, then you are lucky. This situation can go from merely annoying to devastating if you don’t have backup of your important files. Most people know...
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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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Everyone is going to have preferences for how they save, organize, and find files for their personal use. And that’s a good thing. Having any method, even if it’s idiosyncratic, is going to help you more efficiently interact with files. For this post, focused just on...
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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.