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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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Spay and Neuter Your Browsers: Living with the POODLE security flaw

Although secure websites remain the most common and reliable way to secure sensitive information as it flows across the Internet, the underlying encryption technology has been subject of a number of vulnerabilities. These include the BEAST and CRIME attacks, the...
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Sharing is caring: File sharing with Google Drive

Earlier this month, Ryan helped to demystify the concept of Cloud computing.  One of the key features of Cloud storage services such as Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox is the ability to easily share files and folders with other people.  In this Tech Tip, I’ll touch...
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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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Tech Troubleshooting with Google

In an earlier Tech Tip, Sam reminded us that simply rebooting your computer will often solve many of the technical problems you may experience.  While that works in a lot of cases, sometimes the problem persists even after a reboot.  What then? When the easiest...
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Of GamerGate, and the role everyone can play in cyber security

Though an oft-spoken mantra in the field of information security, it is worth repeating: security is a process, not a product. Sometimes, you have a major cyber security issue that is not going to be addressed by any tech product and whose only solution is a process...
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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.