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Spring 2014 Curricular Uses of Technology by Colgate Faculty

By Sarah Kunze on May 9, 2014

These are just some of the curricular uses of technology that Colgate Faculty have used this semester. Library and ITS provide support on these, and many other, types of projects.

If you are interested in incorporating technology into your curriculum and want more information please contact the faculty member mentioned, or email CEL@colgate.edu to reach a librarian or technologist for assistance.

Video Narratives

Students use video to enhance a story, report their research, describe a concept, or generate a call to action. Video Narratives incorporate photos, video, maps, charts, music, and voiceover.

  • Susan Woolley EDUC101A

  • Barbara Regenspan EDUC309A

  • Sheila Clonan EDUC307/507A

  • Shaohua Guo CHIN222

  • Craig Hamilton WRIT103

  • Jacob Mundy CORE185A

  • Mark Stern CORE153C


  • Jessica Graybill GEOG/REST308

  • Mark Stern EDUC101B

  • April Baptiste ENST321

  • April Baptiste ENST390

  • Catherine Herne CORE104SA


Online classroom workspace where faculty and students can communicate and work on writing projects alone or in teams.

  • April Sweeney ENGL357

  • Matthew Miller Freiburg Study Group

Wikipedia Editing

Students used what they learned from course readings, class discussions and research to contribute to and improve Wikipedia content related to the course subject matter.


  • Aisha Musa CORE151

  • Aisha Musa RELG234


iClickers are hand-held devices that allow faculty and students to dynamically interact in real-time in the classroom.

  • Doug Johnson PSYC309

  • Todd Springer PHYS112

  • Ken Belanger, Barbara Hoopes, Geoff Holm BIOL212

  • Catherine Cardelus, Tim Mckay, Eddie Watkins, Damhnait McHugh BIOL211

  • Daisaku Yamamoto CORE 167CA GEOG315A

  • Steven Ludeke PSYC261A

  • Catherine Herne PHYS336

  • Jasmine Bailey CORE164CA

iPad Class Sets

The iPad Pilot projects are intended to encourage faculty to explore whether mobile tablet technology enhances or enables our ability to:

  • Promote student engagement in the classroom, the lab, or in the field
  • Assist small group collaboration in idea creation and sharing or information search, analysis, and visual representation
  • Provide access to and manipulation of digital content
    • April Sweeney ENGL357

    • Jessica Graybill GEOG/REST308

Mellon Digital Humanities Projects

Pilot projects designed to explore the strategic use of technology in the teaching of the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The goal is to enable faculty to develop genuinely creative projects, increase the information available to faculty as they reflect on the best ways to use technology in teaching, and enable the lessons learned by individual faculty to be more easily shared.

  • Carolyn Guile, Wenhua Shi, Adam Burnett – Art and GIS

    • ArcGIS

    • Google Earth

    • Camtasia Lecture Capture & Ensemble to Moodle GIS tutorials

  • Sasha Nakhimovsky, Alice Nakhimovsky, & Robert Garland – Social Network Analysis

    • NodeXL

  • Christopher Henke (SOCI453) & Elana Shever – Qualitative Data Analysis with MAXQDA software

    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementation

    • Archiving of student research data with Dataverse

  • Janel Benson, Mary Simonson, Alicia Simmons, Meg Worley – Quantitative Literacy

    • PowerPoint & Easel.ly

  • John Crespi, Jessica Graybill, & Ian Helfant – Across the Global Curriculum: Integrating Foreign Languages,Core Components, and Area Studies through Digital Technologies

    • JCrespi – VoiceThread

    • IHelfant – Transparent Language

    • JGraybill – Video Narrative

VisLab Classes

Using the real-time imagery of the Digistar system, students can experience detailed fly-bys of geographic regions around the globe and in the solar system. Student-created animations and models add a valuable perspective across the curriculum.

  • Catherine Herne CORE104S

  • Damhnait McHugh, Tim McCay BIOL211

  • Connie Soja GEOL215

  • Mike Loranty GEOG131

  • Marcus Edino GEOG329

  • William Stull LATN121

  • Neil Albert PSYC375

  • Jeff Bary ASTR102


  • Karen Harpp CORE138

  • Karen Harpp GEOG220

Data Visualization

  • Janel Benson SOAN250


The Education department continues its use of Google Sites to create portfolios for each graduate student.

  • Barbara Regenspan MAT candidates

Online Class / Learning

  • Karen Harpp CORE138

Lecture Capture

A tool that allows for the recording of a class or student presentations that can get uploaded to Moodle or another platform. Video, audio-only, and powerpoint presentations can all be integrated into the recording.

  • Beth Parks PHYS432


A cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas, which allows users to zoom in and out of their presentation media.

  • Monica Facchini – ITAL201A

Website Creation

Students creating websites to communicate with public audiences

CEL Project

  • Nick Rutter – HIST200


  • Susan Cerassano ENGL321B


Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Emilio Spadola ANTH211A

Video Conferencing

Connecting with people off campus and around the world

  • Karen Harpp CORE138 – BlueJean conferencing

  • PCON Faculty Conflict Lab

Digital Mapping

Using ArcGIS or online tools such as Google Earth, EJView, and other online mapping and geospatial data sites

  • April Baptiste ENST 232

  • Danny Barreto SPAN 353

  • Marcus Edino GEOG/SOAN 314

  • Jacob Mundy CORE 185

  • Jun Yoshino PSYCH 109

Academic Posters

  • Catherine Herne PHYS3356

CEL Project

  • Anna Rios-Rojas EDUC303

  • Susan Woolley EDUC241

  • Marcus Edino GEOG329

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