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Staff Spotlight: Dave Ricker of IISS

How did you become interested in technology?

The IT Help Desk: A Computer’s Trip to the Doctor’s Office

 

By Hoi Wong '17

Since I started working at the IT Help Desk, a computer no longer looks like an object to me. Computers are like human beings, needing maintenance and good care. A trip to the IT Desk is a trip to the doctor’s office, minus the blood.

Like those my age, I have grown up surrounded by technology. I started using computers when I was five years old, back when people slowly switched from Windows 98 to Windows 2000. I remember the days of constant buffering and inescapable frozen desktops.

Web Services Launches Six New Sites

When landing on Dartmouth’s departmental websites, it’s easy to just visit, find the information you need, and give no further thought to how that information got there. But there’s actually a lot of teamwork that goes into building a site.

The shape of an F

By Susan Lee
Director of Web Services at Dartmouth

ITS Web Services' Fave Tech Reads

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:

Accessible Dartmouth

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.

Back to BASIC: Computing's future was born at Dartmouth

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.

Teaching with Technology

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.

A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences

Guest post by Sarah Horton

Fear of a Disconnected Life -- ITS in The Boston Globe

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.

 

 

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