Fall 2018 Events

Thursday & Friday, November 8th & 9th, 2018: Reclaim Roadshow Workshop

Skidmore College is hosting a group of higher education professionals from throughout the northeast for a 2-day workshop on Domain of One’s Own. https://roadshow.reclaimhosting.com/

Day 1 of the “Reclaim Roadshow Workshop” will cover instructional and technical aspects of running Domain of One’s Own. There is a registration fee to attend Day 1. Whether you’re interested in hearing from schools that are currently running and/or thinking about running Domain of One’s Own, or you’re simply in need of a system overview from members of the Reclaim Hosting team, this is where you need to be. For more information about Day One, click here.

Day 2 will be focused on user-groups, discussions, presentations, and panels surrounding Domains as a whole. Reclaim Hosting has decided to make the second day free to help out with timing/budgets/etc.  To get a sense of discussion topics, click here.

This event has been organized by Ben Harwood of LEDS. Click here for a brief history of Domain of One’s Own.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018: Immersive Learning Experiences with Virtual Reality
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Scribner Library, Weller Room (212)

Virtual Reality is not just for games. Come learn how Skidmore faculty from a wide range of disciplines are using virtual reality to climb mountains, explore caves, temples, outer space, the human circulatory system and more! All without leaving the library!

Thursday, October 4, 2018: Gauging Student Understanding with Personal ResponseTools
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Scribner Library, Weller Room (212)

As we continue to realize the importance of student feedback and formative assessment in the classroom, personal response systems have become increasingly ubiquitous. With so many options available, who has time to compare and vet them all? As it turns out, many of you have already begun to explore a number of interactive presentation and live polling solutions. Joins LEDS and the CLTL, along with several of your faculty peers, as we demonstrate and discuss different approaches to deepening student understanding through the use of personal response systems.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: Apple Workshops with Ian Camera
Apple: Introduction to iOS 11
9:00am – 10:15am and 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Come learn about the latest Apple user interface, iOS 11, with Ian Camera from Apple. He will share tips and tricks for navigation and productivity, along with how to: get the most out of the iPad with Apple Pencil, run two applications at once, share your screen, scan and annotate documents, and record your work. This is your opportunity to get your Apple questions answered by the expert!

Apple: From PDF to ePub to Multi-touch Books
10:45am – 12:15pm and 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Not all digital books are “created equal”. Come explore three of the most common digital publishing formats and discuss how to address issues of accessibility and ways to enhance interactivity.

Thursday, September 27, 2018: Wolfram Research Day
LEDS will be hosting Paul Winterbotham from Wolfram Research, Inc. to conduct a series of workshops on Mathematica 11 along with a tool everyone should know about, Wolfram|Alpha. All workshops will be in Library 222.

Mathematica 11 Overview (9:00 – 10:00 or 1:15 – 2:15)

Mathematica for Beginners – Hands-On Session (10:15 – 11:15 or 2:30 – 3:30)

Wolfram|Alpha Demonstration and Q &A (11:30 – 12:00 or 3:45 – 4:15)


Where Clinical Psychology Meets Virtual Reality: Activating Virtual Psychotherapy Practices

LEDS assistant Amanda Peckler interviews Prof. Casey Schofield about the use of VR in her teaching and research.

Is Clinical Virtual Reality Ready for Prime Time?

Is Clinical Virtual Reality Ready for Prime Time? Presented by Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD October 4th from 7:00-8:30pm in Gannett Auditorium Co-sponsored by Psychology, Neuroscience, Math, Computer Science, LEDS, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty Since the...

Students Explore the Effect of Bodily Presence on Immersion and Interactivity

Students in Aaron Pedinotti's Virtual Reality class spent time in the LEDS training room attempting to understand the effect of bodily presence on immersion and interactivity by experiencing the phenomena themselves. They did this by "playing" two games, one in first...

LEDS represents at the CDETG Spring 2018 Meeting

Aaron and Ben gave a presentation entitled, "Getting Started with a Campus VR Strategy"  at the 2018 Capital District Educational Technology Group (CDETG) Spring Meeting on June 11, 2018 held at the Albany Law School. This meeting brings together instructional design...

A green screen for video production and editing comes to Library 222

Green screens allow one to insert a different background into live or recorded video or when editing images. For example, in the images below, we demonstrate how you can modify the background of a live Zoom videconference call. The software has the ability to swap out...

Blackboard gets a facelift

The Blackboard landing page is changing this summer. Although the courses themselves will look and function the same, the base navigation will be simplified and be easier to navigate. Among other things, making your courses available to students each semester will be...

3D Printing Lab is open for business in the library

Faculty are encouraged to make use of our new 3D printing lab. Whether you have a classroom or research project that could benefit from access to a 3D printer, get in touch and make use of this new resource. Students are also welcome to use the printers in conjunction...

Gordon Thompson and Ben Harwood present at the CIC Information Fluency Workshop in New Orleans

Gordon Thompson, professor of music, and Ben Harwood, lead instructional technologist in Academic Technologies, were invited by the Council of Independent Colleges to introduce their open-learning experiment, an online video-lecture supplement to "The Beatles: An...


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Immersive Learning

Want to explore virtual reality? Skidmore faculty are exploring a variety of applications to extend the classroom and provide unique learning experiences.

3D Printing

Want to learn about 3D printing as a tool for teaching and learning?  Or have a project you want to include in your syllabus? We can help!

Web Design and Digital Scholarship

Want to include web design in your syllabus? Need a professional web presence of your own? Or a special place to host your digital scholarship?

Learning Lab

Want to host a virtual speaker or distance collaboration? We can assist you in our flexible learning space, where we are always exploring with new instructional technologies.

How Do I?

Find answers to questions, useful documentation, and quality just-in-time tutorials. You will also find what software is available for public use and installation on your personal computer.


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