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Interface is an ongoing series of features about information technology at Dartmouth, the people of ITS, and how we work with the college's many information systems. Learn what it's like to be a freshman barred from having a cell phone on a first-year trip. Peek inside the framework of Dartmouth's many, many sites. See how our past experiences inform what we do here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:02pm

We recently checked in with Web Services' information architects, user experience designers, support specialists, and content strategist to see what they've been reading. Here are their answers:

  • A List Apart  explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
  • Ars Technica, the PC enthusiast's resource. covers everything from solar planes...
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:05pm
Screen shot of the new website

When architects design a building, they should consider everyone who may enter the structure. If it’s a public, commercial, or institutional building they MUST consider all, as this is part of Life and Safety code. Ramps and the width of doorways ensure passage for those in wheel chairs; brail helps the blind locate specific rooms; the heights of switches, water fountains, and handrails accommodate all potential users. Even the profiles of handrail components must meet usability requirements in order to pass life and safety code inspections before a building can be certified for occupancy...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:50pm

In 1964, mathematics professor and future Dartmouth president John Kemeny and math professor Tom Kurtz, along with a handful of Dartmouth undergraduates, revolutionized computing with the introduction of time-sharing and the BASIC programming language, opening the door to computing for all Dartmouth students and faculty, and soon after, for people across the nation and the world.

Dartmouth is celebrating the anniversary of their achievement with a BASIC at 50 public event on Wednesday, April 30, recognizing the enduring impact of...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 2:39pm

Even when Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at DCAL (Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning Initiatives) Josh Kim was a student, he became interested in how he could use technology to become a better teacher.“In grad school I never really learned about how people learn,” Kim says. “I learned about my disciplines.” But he says the experience made him interested in pedagogy. “I discovered that the best way to understand something is to actually do it, and that the best way to foster experiential learning is through technology.”Even when Director of Digital Learning...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 4:28pm

Guest post by Sarah Horton

Sarah Horton is the co-author, with Whitney Quesenbery, of A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences, which was released in January 2014 by Rosenfield Media. Previously, Horton was an instructional technologist at Dartmouth before becoming Director of Web Strategy and Design, where she led the Web Services team and...

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 6:53pm

ITS Communications Specialist Elizabeth Kelsey goes on a tech diet, and Geisel Associate Professor of Psychiatry Benjamin Nordstrom weighs in.

Read the essay in The Boston Globe.

 

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 8:47pm

Dartmouth announced today that it has joined edX, the nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here, Director of Academic Computing Alan Cattier shares his thoughts on...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 7:55pm

Read "Student Body Shifts from Blackboard to Canvas," about Dartmouth's new learning management system (LMS) in today's issue of The Dartmouth. Great interviews with Assistant Director of Educational Technologies Barbara Knauff and Associate Director of ITS Susan Zaslaw.

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:01pm

"The firestorm that’s surrounded the Affordable Care Act’s website in recent months has highlighted the importance of making sure Dartmouth’s operates properly.

Because many applicants will be logging on at the same time to check the status of their applications, it is vital that they are able to get on the website and get correct information regarding their admission and financial aid decisions.

To make sure the secure website works correctly, the Office of Admissions works with the Administrative Computing...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:24pm

by Samantha Oh '14 

Samantha Oh '14 is a sociology major who gave a presentation on Facebook settings during last month's cyber security awareness seminars. In this guest post on Interface, Oh shares simple steps you can take to stay safe after Facebook's latest changes.

Remember when Facebook used to let you opt out of connecting your Timeline to Facebook Search?

Well, they revoked this option last month, which means that anyone who has a Facebook account can be searched by the other 1.26 billion account holders in the world....

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