Support for Academics
Information Technology Services partners with members of the faculty and supports the academic mission through the provision of, and training in, the use of technology for learning.
Educational Technology Tools
Moodle is Colgate's enterprise learning management system (LMS), which supports teaching and learning activities across all courses. Faculty use Moodle to provide access to course materials, facilitate communication, distribute and collect assignments, conduct online assessments, and maintain Gradebook records.
G Workspace for Education is Colgate’s centrally-supported productivity and collaboration platform. The following familiar set of Google apps are used by faculty, staff, and students to perform a range of tasks:
Polling technologies (e.g., classroom response systems, or “clickers”), employ the use of dedicated hardware, or web-based software and mobile devices to collect real-time feedback from learners.
Colgate Domains provides faculty with hosted space on the web and digital tools for creating websites. Colgate Domains provides access to various platforms for web publishing (WordPress, Omeka, Scalar, etc.) in support of connected learning and innovative approaches to teaching, scholarship and creative work.
Ensemble is Colgate’s digital media server that provides secure and reliable access to web-based video content. Ensemble Anthem is a screen recording tool that allows you to capture audio and video recordings from any computer and automatically stores them to the media server.
In April of 2021 Ensemble was acquired by Panopto. Colgate’s media and its hosting are being transitioned to Panopto during the course of 2021-22.
- Panopto is now available for early adopters to start creating content there. Contact us for more information on getting started.
- On December 10th, 2021 recording will be turned off for Ensemble. You will still have access to all of your content in the Ensemble media library.
- On January 3rd, 2022 all Ensemble content will have completed copying to Panopto’s cloud storage.
- In January, remote training sessions will be offered by Learning and Applied Innovations staff and Panopto to introduce faculty and staff to the tools within Panopto, linking to courses, and new potential uses for teaching, sharing, and archiving media.
- The Ensemble platform will no longer be available after June 30th, 2022.
Panopto is a cloud based platform for recording and sharing video content that is freely available to all faculty, staff, and students. Panopto users can create video recordings and share them within courses, groups, or broadly amongst the Colgate community.
Web-based annotation is the digital version of adding highlights, comments, notes and other marginalia to print-based texts and documents. "Hypothes.is" is a free online tool that enables faculty and students to make their annotations visible to their peers.
SensusAccess is an online document conversion tool that allows Colgate students, faculty, staff, and alumni to convert documents into a range of alternative formats including audio, HTML, text, e-book, and braille. SensusAccess can also convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only PDFs, JPGs, or MS PowerPoints into more accessible formats.
SensusAccess is also integrated with Moodle, allowing students and faculty to submit files for conversion from within a Moodle course.
Training and Instructional Design
Instructional designers within the Learning and Applied Innovation group have grounded knowledge in teaching and learning, and partner with faculty, staff, and students to assist in the design of learning experiences. Our practice areas focus on: evidence-based implementation of technology in education, understanding the affordances of digital technology for teaching and learning, design of course activities/projects using digital media, exploration of new & emerging technologies, and assessing the efficacy and learning impact of technology use. We offer 1:1 and small group consultations to identify needs and support the brainstorming and development of project ideas.
ITS Training offers both instructor-led and self-paced workshops open to all members of the Colgate community. We provide office productivity training in the Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite, as well as Adobe Creative Cloud and other technologies used at Colgate, such as Moodle, Qualtrics, WordPress, and more.
Please use the links below to browse and register for current workshop offerings:
Using universal design strategies to build a flexible learning environment for students can eliminate potential barriers to learning and result in a more equitable, inclusive learning experience.
The DLMC is a state of the art computing facility located in Case Library (5th) floor. It serves as an open learning space that can be used as a collaborative studio, a formal classroom, a computer lab, and a showcase for student work. The DLMC provides instruction and integrated support for course-based digital media projects (e.g. digital storytelling, podcasts). The DLMC also loans a range of equipment to support digital media projects.
The VisLab is a digital theater and planetarium for immersive learning and research experiences. This one of a kind space at Colgate displays stars and constellations as well as original content developed for full-dome display.
The Hub is a fledgling makerspace to house and facilitate many of our emerging technologies like 3D printing, 3D scanning, AR/VR, and other maker technologies. It’s a space where students and faculty can work with and explore these tools while being an open space that encourages creativity and trial and error development.
Additional Resources & Services
We offer a service to print course-related academic posters and are available to consult on layout and design.
The lightboard is a glass writing surface (think chalkboard), combined with a video camera setup that allows for the creation of compelling instructional content.
Through our makerspace, the “Hub,” we offer a variety of 3D printing and scanning technologies. 3D printers include fused filament-based machines as well as a high-resolution Formabs printer. Three filament printers are housed just outside the DLMC (5th floor Case Library) for open use by the Colgate community. We also facilitate use and access to various 3D scanners, including two high-end Artec 3D scanners.
Learning and Applied Innovation maintains a variety of platforms, computers, and gear to facilitate the usage of augmented and virtual reality in the classroom and on an individual basis. We provide consultation on the use of these technologies and provide facilitation of their use to supplement academic learning.
Colgate facilitates and supports the use of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) for academic applications. We maintain a fleet of FAA registered sUAVs and can work with students and faculty to explore and safely incorporate these vehicles into academic research projects.
The Teaching and Technology Micro Grant program provides funding for faculty members to explore and experiment with digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Faculty members may request up to $500 to support the purchase of software or hardware that will be used in one or more courses.
Description: Colgate had over 200 classrooms and mixed use and event spaces. Keeping these important learning environments up-to-date and working well, and ensuring your experience is smooth and consistent, is our top priority. Most spaces have a room computer and projection system, while many have sound systems.
Availability: Classroom spaces are available as scheduled through the Registrar. EMS can be used to schedule other spaces, pending the approval process through EMS.
Requesting a Training or a Modification to a Classroom: Contact the ITS Service Desk
Ask for Help
If you are unable to find the information you need in the documentation available online, the ITS Service Desk is available to assist.