Information, Technology & Consulting


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.

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 2:59pm
social media

I work as a social media manager, curating social media accounts for two businesses in addition to my own personal accounts. In all honesty, when I got these jobs I was probably not qualified for them. I thought then that maintaining my own social media presence was sufficient training for managing business accounts. After getting the jobs, I realized that social media platforms are entirely different when used as business tools. Making these business’ social media presences successful took time and research.

Here are a few of the steps I took to get these businesses hundreds of...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:43pm
National Cyber Security Month

For over a decade, colleges and universities have promoted National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October as part of a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online.

Did you know?

  • 93 percent  of Americans believe their online actions can help make the web safer for everyone.
  • However, 28 percent of Americans say they lack knowledge about ways to stay safer online.

It is important for each of us to be aware of the increasing security risks of mobile...

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Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 9:21am
Canvas logo

If you’ve taken a break from using Canvas during the summer, here are highlights of some of the most important new features added to Canvas in the past few months:

April: New option for assignments: anonymous peer reviews

June: Canvas got a new look: new user interface


  • Streamlined grading:...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 2:29pm
microsoft logo
  1. At Dartmouth, you get Microsoft Office free.

  2. You can install it on up to five computers and on up to five mobile devices and on up to five tablets!

  3. You can access the entire Office suite on the web if you don’t have any of your personal installs with you.

  4. With Dartmouth’s Office environment, you get up to five terabytes of personal storage. Yes, you...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 2:12pm
student shopping

Tucked into the basement of McNutt Hall, Dartmouth’s Computer Store is a full service campus location for handling the personal technology needs of the Dartmouth community.

The store offers students, faculty, and staff educational discounts on hardware and software. Beyond computers, it sells cables, laptop bags, printers, and more, while its three sales employees and five service personnel offer a commitment to customer service. Says Computer Store Manager Theresa Woodward, “We try to go out of our way so students,...

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 11:30am
EMS calendar

Today, Information Technology Services (ITS) plays its part in rolling out the Dartmouth Event Management System (EMS). The new service, which is replacing the R25 scheduling system, allows students, faculty, and staff to manage meetings, complex events, and academic courses.

EMS will help Dartmouth maximize the use of existing space by providing members of the community with an easy-to-use interface for reviewing and requesting access to rooms across campus.

“With EMS, Dartmouth users will have an easy and fast online tool to search and request rooms,” says Jim Alberghini,...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 1:49pm
job search

By Elena Alicea ’16

A large portion of Dartmouth’s graduating class will go on to work in entry-level jobs in finance, consulting, or computer science in New York, Boston, or San Francisco. These cities are huge hubs for recent graduates and those paths are a good way to start a career, learn a lot very quickly, and earn a decent salary. But many seniors face the question: How do I find other post-graduation opportunities if I want to break free from those three cities and industries?

Where to Look: DartBoard Alternatives

There are a couple of employment...

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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 1:56pm

1. Keep your computer’s desktop clear of files and clutter. Computers start faster and operate better when your desktop is clear. Store your documents in OneDrive, where you can access files from any device connected to the Internet.

2. Before you buy a new computer or upgrade to a new operating system, ask IT. We’ll help make sure you’re getting the best hardware for your needs, and that all software and services you rely on will...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 1:35pm
Ellen Childhood

By Elizabeth Kelsey

At a recent Council on Computing meeting, Professor of Music Steve Swayne talked about the OperaX course he taught as one of Dartmouth’s edX courses, and how the experience changed the way he teaches his traditional Dartmouth opera course. Professor of Mathematics Scott Pauls described how he worked with Instructional Designer Adrienne Gauthier to transform an introductory Math course, a “...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:16am
Academic Tech Consultant installs CrashPlan

A Tale of Two Professors

A few years ago, a new Dartmouth faculty member stored her entire dissertation on a USB flash drive. She did not save the file in any other manner. The disk became damaged; the data, lost. In order to retrieve her information, the professor took the memory stick to a company that charged $3,000, even though it only found part of the dissertation.

Watch Academic Technology Consultant Barbara Mellert explain why it pays to have CrashPlan.

Compare the above incident to one that happened more...

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