507.786.3814 disco@stolaf.edu

Spring Semester

2 – 3:30pm Basics of Data Visualization: telling stories with data

Curious about data visualization but don’t know how to get started? This workshop is a gentle introduction to what goes into data visualization and how you can get started. We’ll talk about the elements of data visualization, discuss what makes a good visualization, and give you some resources to explore data vis yourself. And if you have some data vis ambitions, bring your ideas! Instructional Technology will help you make your dreams a reality. Faculty, staff, and students welcome.

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3 – 4pm   How to understand open access and alternative form of scholarly publishing

RML 492 DISCO classroom
New forms of publishing offer opportunities to present and disseminate scholarship in exciting ways. Together, we’ll explore open access and born-digital publishing platforms, examine how these approaches might benefit scholars and students, and consider the challenges associated with these alternative formats.

3 – 4pm  3D Scanning and Printing.

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3 – 4pm Summer research open house

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3 – 4pm   Advanced features of Moodle

RML 492 DISCO classroom
Despite the name, this session isn’t only for the experienced Moodle user. This is simply an opportunity to go a little beyond the basics and learn some tips and tricks, get course design feedback, and learn about tools to have your students engage in the material and interact with classmates outside of class. All Moodle users are welcome, from beginner to advanced.


3 – 4pm   What’s new and exciting in the library in your field? Find out from your library liaison on Friday, Feb. 24!

Disciplinary research resources accessible via library subscriptions keep morphing and growing. If you’re interested to learn what has changed or has been recently added in your field – or if you just want to have a conversation with your library liaison about resources in your discipline in general –visit liaison librarians at the DiSCO classroom from 3pm to 4pm on Friday, February 24.

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3:00 – 4:30
DiSCO Open House and Birthday Celebration

RML 4th Floor.

Archive – Fall Semester 2016

3 – 4pm   How to search the new library catalog and “article discovery”

RML 492 DISCO classroom
Take a practical tour through Catalyst, the brand-new catalog and gateway to articles. We’ll practice the most efficient ways of searching to find what you need and to harness the discovery powers of the new tool.


3 – 4pm   Podcasting and Audio Assignments

RML 492 DISCO classroom
Learn about methods for having your students engage in your course content differently by drawing on the sonic possibilities of voice, music, sound effects and ambient sound to turn a thesis, story or essay into an audio podcast.

3-4 pm   How to use EndNote to manage, organize and share your sources

RML 492, DiSCO Classroom
Use EndNote to manage your research: We’ll practice how to organize your references, built and format bibliographies, download citations from your favorite databases directly to EndNote, collect full-text PDFs in one click, and share your research with colleagues and students.

3 – 4pm   Introduction to Active Learning Platform

RML 492 DISCO classroom
IT staff at St. Olaf and Carleton are collaborating on campus-wide roll-outs of a new Active Learning Platform. This tool offers a means for faculty and students to easily create and share video and/or audio-based course content and assignments. Record a screencast of your test or assignment feedback and drop it in Moodle, or have your language students record themselves delivering oral exercises and share with the class – the possibilities abound with this new platform.

3 – 4pm  How to navigate basic questions about copyright, fair use and Creative Commons licenses

RML 492 DISCO classroom
Copyright, fair use, public domain and Creative Commons licenses are essential yet murky concepts to understand. In this session, we’ll walk through real-life examples and generate practical tools you can use when questions about copyright arise in your teaching and research.


3 – 4pm How can Elevator, the college’s new digital repository, support your teaching?

RML 492 DISCO classroom
Elevator is the college’s new digital repository. It’s ideal for describing, searching, and sharing teaching materials that don’t fit well in Google Drive or other platforms. Learn how to create an Elevator collection, embed Elevator files in Moodle, and use Elevator to support your teaching.