Fall 2014 TRC Drop-In Tutoring Hours

The TRC offers drop-in technology tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website?  Advice on configuring an Excel chart?  No appointment needed!  Stop by HL 124 during open tutoring hours when a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

Fall 2014 Drop-In Technology Tutoring Hours

Monday 4 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 2 pm – 6 pm
Wednesday 4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday 2 pm – 6 pm

What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open. For more information, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the library’s front checkout desk.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff needing technology training may also wish to contact Scott Carter, the library’s instructional technologist. In addition to overseeing the TRC, Scott provides training and expertise on a variety of topics (Microsoft Office, website creation, digital video, desktop design, etc), as well as collaborates in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, print, ebook, etc.  He’s also available to provide hands-on training sessions for classes with technology-related assignments.

Tutoring Hours By Appointment Summer Term

Just a quick note:  We have no scheduled tutoring hours in the Technology Resource Center summer term.  Rather than staff our Student Technology Assistants during the much quieter summer months, we concentrate our budget on the much busier fall, winter, and spring terms.

However, if I’m in my office and my door is open, then I’m always glad to help. I’m in and out quite a bit, however, so if you want to ensure that I’m here to help with digital video, website creation, or other projects, then email me at trc@wou.edu.  That email will go to not only me, but anyone manning the TRC, and you can use it during other times of the year as well. Of course, you don’t need an appointment if you’re fine on your own. All of our equipment is available for self-service.

If you stop by on a whim and no one’s here, you can also ask for help at the circulation or reference desks.  Many of the full-time staff and student workers have received training on the equipment and software we have in the Technology Resource Center.

Faculty/Staff workshop: WordPress Level I

WordPress Level I (Faculty and Staff)

Instructor: Scott Carter

Dates & Times:*

  • Thursday, April 10, 10:00am – 11:00am (1 hour)
  • Monday, April 14, 4:00pm – 5:00pm  (1 hour)

Location: HL 108 (the computer classroom)

About: 

As Clay Shirky famously said, publishing in the modern world has become a button.  And one of the easiest ways to publish these days is to use WordPress. Whether you want a simple static website just for your contact info, or a robust blog loaded with links to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, WordPress can do it for you.  And it’s easy!  

In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to customize a personal WordPress site, how to set a static page or a blog page as your homepage, the basics of posts and pages, how to work with media, password-protected pages, and some best practice suggestions.  What’s a plugin? What’s a widget?  Find out all of this in more in this hands-on workshop. Though the emphasis is on using the WOU-themed WordPress site hosted on our own servers, we will also discuss the pros and cons of using external web hosts.   

If you haven’t jumped on the WordPress bandwagon, drop me a line and I’ll create one for you.  A WOU WordPress site is required to attend this workshop, though you may certainly choose to delete it later.  But why would you?  WordPress makes creating and updating a website a lot more fun and easy than it used to be.  It can also be a great complement to Moodle.

Price: Free Event for Faculty and Staff

Though walk-ins are welcome if space is available, please RSVP to reserve your spot in the workshop.

* On our campus, it’s always tough to find dates and times that work for everyone.  If these times  don’t work for you, or if you want more customized individual help, I’m also happy to set up a one-on-one session in the Technology Resource Center (HL 124) or in your office.

Spring 2014 Tutoring Hours

The Technology Resource Center – Drop-In Tutoring Hours – Spring 2014

 

The TRC offers drop-in technology tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website?  Advice on configuring an Excel chart?  No appointment needed!  Stop by HL 124 during open tutoring hours when a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

Spring 2014 Drop-In Technology Tutoring Hours

Monday 4 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday 4 pm – 8 pm
Thursday 10 am – 2 pm

What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open. For more information, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the library’s front checkout desk.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff needing technology training may also wish to contact Scott Carter, the library’s instructional technologist. In addition to overseeing the TRC, Scott provides training and expertise on a variety of topics (Microsoft Office, website creation, digital video, desktop design, etc), as well as collaborates in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, print, ebook, etc.  He’s also available to provide hands-on training sessions for classes with technology-related assignments.

Need DVDs duplicated? Documents scanned? The TRC can help!

Need DVDs duplicated?  Documents scanned?  The TRC can help!

Our Student Technology Assistants, who provide drop-in technology help during posted tutoring hours, are also available to provide support to faculty and staff on a variety of technology-related tasks:

  • Duplicating DVDs and CDs
  • Converting VHS tapes to DVDs and/or digital videos (for Moodle, etc)
  • Converting cassette tapes to CDs and .mp3 files
  • Scanning images, slides, and documents

There is no charge, though you must supply your own media.  Turnaround times vary, since our student workers do faculty and staff projects when not tutoring, though most projects can be done within a week.

If you have a project, drop me a line at carters@wou.edu.

What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open.  For more information, as well as this term’s drop-in tutoring hours, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the front checkout desk

Winter 2014 Tutoring Hours

The Technology Resource Center – Drop-In Tutoring Hours – Winter 2014

The TRC offers drop-in technology tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website?  Advice on configuring an Excel chart?  No appointment needed!  Stop by HL 124 during open tutoring hours when a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

Winter 2014 Drop-In Technology Tutoring Hours

Monday 10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday 4 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm
Thursday 4 pm – 8 pm

What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open.  For more information, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, handled at the library’s front checkout desk.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff needing technology training may also wish to contact Scott Carter, the library’s instructional technologist. In addition to overseeing the TRC, Scott provides one-on-one and group training on a variety of topics (Microsoft Office, Web design, digital video, desktop design, etc), as well as collaborates in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, print, etc.  He’s also available to provide hands-on training sessions for classes with technology-related assignments, either in the library’s HL 108 or another computer lab on campus.

WordPress Now Available to Faculty and Staff

Isn’t it about time you got a better website? I have exciting news for WOU’s faculty and staff. WOU is now making WordPress, the best website management tool on the market, available for anyone who wants it for a personal, work-related site. It makes creating and updating a website super easy — almost as easy as Microsoft Word! Toolbars, drag-and-drop, the whole enchilada.

No Dreamweaver, no saving to a “P” drive, and certainly no clunky HMTL. Just type and hit the publish button.

Whether you want to create pages for your courses, blog about your research, or post pictures of the giant sequoia, WordPress will make it a snap.

Interested? Drop me a line and I’ll create a WordPress site for you. It won’t replace any existing website you have until you’re ready, so you’re free to take it for a test drive. I’m also happy to schedule one-on-one training session in your office or here in the Technology Resource Center (HL 124), and I’ll be available to assist you as you customize and improve your site. I can also help you move over existing content.

By some estimates, over two billion people worldwide now have Internet access. You can reach them literally with the click of a button. Maintaining a personal website is not only easy, it’s also good for WOU’s outreach and marketing efforts, which benefits from all those beautiful pictures of the giant sequoia you’ll share with the world.

Still not convinced?  Check out a few of these videos on the benefits of using WordPress (you can ignore anything about installing Worpdress, which you won’t need to do):

And if you’re thinking of using WordPress in a non-WOU capacity, here’s a longer video that will walk you through the entire process:

If you’re ready to make the jump to WordPress, drop me a line.

The Technology Resource Center – Drop-In Tutoring Hours

The Technology Resource Center – Drop-In Tutoring Hours

Modeled on the popular Writing Center and Math Center, the TRC now offers drop-in technology tutoring hours for students needing help with technology-related class assignments.  Need pointers on creating a digital movie?  Tips on designing a website?  Advice on configuring an Excel chart?  No appointment needed!  Stop by HL 124 during open tutoring hours when a Student Technology Assistant is available to answer your questions.

Fall 2013 Drop-In Technology Tutoring Hours

Monday 11 am – 2 pm
Tuesday 3 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday 3 pm – 8 pm

 What is the TRC?

Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hamersly Library (HL 124), the Technology Resource Center offers students, faculty, and staff an array of specialized equipment in a comfortable and friendly environment — whether for digital video or audio production, desktop design, website creation, media conversion, scanning, or CD/DVD duplication.  All equipment is available for self-service all the hours the library is open.  For more information, check out our website at http://www.wou.edu/trc.

The library also offers digital cameras, camcorders, and other equipment for short-term checkout, now handled at the library’s front checkout desk.

For Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff needing technology training may also wish to contact Scott Carter, the library’s instructional technologist. In addition to overseeing the TRC, Scott provides one-on-one and group training on a variety of topics (Microsoft Office, Web design, digital video, desktop design, etc), as well as collaborates in the production of multimedia solutions — video, audio, print, etc.  He’s also available to provide hands-on training sessions for classes with technology-related assignments, either in the library’s HL 108 or another computer lab on campus.

The TRC Now Located in Hamersly Library

We’ve moved!

Big changes have come to the Technology Resource Center.  At the end of August, a decision was made to move the entire Technology Resource Center operation into Hamersly Library, including myself.  We’re located in the northwest corner of the first floor.  My own office is just outside the TRC, in HL 123.  The general purpose of the TRC should remain much the same — to empower faculty, students, and staff in the use of technology, whether it be editing a digital video, creating an effective PowerPoint presentation, or even creating an ebook.  Basically, we see ourselves as the link between technology and learning, in whatever form or process that technology or learning entails.

However, because we’re part of the library, we’ll have the support of the greater library infrastructure behind us, which will mean our equipment will be available far more hours than before.  Although the equipment will be available for self-service during all the hours the library is open, training and tutoring will be available during posted hours, or by making an appointment by emailing us at trc@wou.edu.  Stay tuned for more details on this front as we get things worked out.

The equipment for checkout — digital cameras, laptops, and other devices — is now handled at the library front desk.  This ensures that the equipment is available far more hours than they were when housed at the old TRC location.

As for me, my role as an instructional technologist here at WOU will also evolve, though the central purpose will remain the same:  to help our WOU community use technology tools to improve teaching, learning, and productivity.  The last few years, most of my time was swallowed up supporting Moodle, which in five years has seen its use on campus grow from about 70 course shells to 420 in spring term.  Partly because of this, we’ve changed to a Moodle Support Team approach, in which the Division of Extended Programs will play a much more central role.  Basically, what this means is that if you want the fastest response to any Moodle issue, please email moodle@wou.edu or call the support line at 503-838-9300.  The appropriate person (and it still very well may be me) will respond as fast as possible.

The hope is that by alleviating me of being the sole support person on the user side for Moodle, it will also free me up to focus on other growing needs, namely assisting in the creation and distribution of information in all its forms, whether that be websites, ebooks, digital video, or something else.  The nature of libraries in the twenty-first century is evolving, from being a repository of information to being a conduit to it.  I hope to play my own part in assisting Hamersly Library — and WOU in general — as it adapts to the needs of a wired world.