Postings in the ‘Instructional Technology’ Category


Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.3. Don’t wait until August!

May 9th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Dear Faculty Members,

Before you leave for the summer, please note the following important information regarding the transition from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.3!

1) Moodle support sessions for semester’s end/early summer are provided below. You can find the current schedule on the I.S. Blog and instructions on the KnowledgeBase. If you will be gone most of summer, we strongly urge you to attend a workshop or come to FITS during open lab hours before you leave, so that you can plan ahead for the transition. Backing up and restoring courses will take more of your time than previous Moodle upgrades have because of a new filing system in Moodle 2.3. Don’t wait until August!  

2) Courses from Spring 2009 and earlier are currently on but will disappear on July 1. Please back up your courses by June 30 and contact FITS before that date for any help learning that process.

3) Non-academic Moodle courses (for example, a committee that uses a Moodle course to collect materials) will be created in Moodle 2.3 upon request only. Please fill out this form to have a course created.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need support by contacting We’re here to help make the transition as smooth as possible!

Donnie Sendelbach

Celebrate #GISDay at DePauw today! 11.14.12, 3-5pm Julian Atrium. All are welcome.

November 14th, 2012 by Carol L. Smith

Please join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Julian Atrium.

GIS Day is an annual, worldwide event for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to inform people about how geography makes a difference in our everyday lives. DePauw’s open house-style GIS Day event will showcase GIS projects and concepts via posters, displays, and activities by DePauw students, faculty members, and staff members. Just a handful of the many GIS projects that will be showcased at this year’s event are:

  • Coal-Powered Cancer: An Exploration of Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia
    Brittany Slate (2013) and Michael Osborn (2013)
  • Daily Life in the Colonial South
    Dr. John Schlotterbeck (History)
  • DePauw Dig 175
    Dr. Rebecca Schindler (Classical Studies), Dr. Pedar Foss (Classical Studies), Kat Raymond-Judy (2015), and Danica Andersen (2015)
  • Effects of Agricultural Runoff on Water Quality in the Big Walnut Creek Watershed
    Dr. Jeanette Pope (Geosciences), Carly Dutkiewicz (2014), Caitlin Handy (2015), Ali Pistoia (2013), Greg Screws (2013), and Reilly Taylor (2013)
  • Indiana Local Government Redistricting
    Kelsey Kauffman (University Studies) and Richard Walsh (2015)

Also featured will be student Google Earth projects from Dr. Scott Wilkerson’s “Introduction to GIS Using Google Earth” 2012 Winter Term course and student GIS projects from Dr. Tim Cope’s Fall 2012 “Introduction to GIS” class.

Faculty members, please announce this event in your classes to invite students that may be interested in attending. Students that attend the event and successfully complete DePauw’s GIS Quest will be eligible to win a handheld GPS unit. Also, if you are interested in identifying your students that attend GIS Day for credit/other purposes, please let me know and inform your students to fill in the course/professor fields on the registration form. I will email you a list of your participating students after the event.

Come visit with friends, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about GIS! Hope to see you there!!!


M. Beth Wilkerson
GIS Specialist

Save the date! We’re prepping for GIS Day at DePauw on Nov 16, 2011

November 6th, 2011 by Carol L. Smith

Save the Date… Wednesday, November 16, 2011
3:00 p.m. − 5:00 p.m.
Percy L. Julian Science & Mathematics Center Atrium

A sampling of things you’ll see at this year’s celebration:

Student GIS Projects/Posters
“Bringing Geothermal to DePauw”
“GIS and Survey Archaeology: Geocaching”
“Suitability for Carbon Sequestration Coupled Brine Extraction in the Glen Canyon Group, USA”
“Projects from GEOS 205: Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems)”

Prevo Science Library: GIS Resources

Google™ Earth Activity Station
Google™ Mapmaker Activity Station

There’s something for everyone!
For more information about GIS Day™, visit

GIS Center Newsletter – September 2010

September 28th, 2010 by Carol L. Smith

GISlogoThe GIS Center has published its first newsletter for the academic year.

Check out the Newsletter to see what’s happening in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at DePauw, including:

  • DePauw’s GIS Day™ 2010 celebration – November 17, 2010
  • Information about resources available in the GIS Center
  • A nifty Google Earth tool called “Google Earth at Night”


FITS Newsletter – September 2010

September 10th, 2010 by Carol L. Smith

Faculty Instructional Technology Support (FITS) has published its first newsletter for this academic year.

Check it out to see what’s happening in FITS, new and relevant technologies that are emerging, project spotlights, and up and coming events.

Topics in this issue include:

About FITS:

Faculty Instructional Technology Support (FITS) provides consulting & technical support for faculty who wish to explore & develop uses of instructional technology in their teaching.

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Checklist on Absence Preparedness for Faculty Members

October 21st, 2009 by Carol L. Smith

From Donnie Sendelbach, Director of Instructional and Learning Services

Flu season is upon us and it is important to think ahead about what you might need to do in the event of absence that impacts your instruction — whether it is the absence of a student, multiple students, and/or even you, the professor!

FITS has developed a set of Absence Preparedness resources to help faculty members to think through preparations prior to and during a major absence situation. These include a series of recommended techniques you can use to keep a class going as well as links to various related University policies and resources.

Check out the site for the full details. But in the meantime, here is a quick checklist to get you started toward making sure that you’re ready:

  • As much as you can, plan ahead for absences. Having a strategy in place to communicate with students how to navigate course requirements and responsibilities if they are sick will pay dividends for your students’ learning if a wave of absences occurs. When classes begin after Fall Break, you may find that this is an optimum time to review current course information and provide students with directions if they are absent for an extended period of time.
  • Try out new methods or technologies in advance. Even for the best of us, trying to learn new software during a flu epidemic or getting a student to learn new software while she or he is out sick may not yield desired results. The key is planning ahead.
  • Take small steps when implementing new techniques. While you might currently consider learning one new technology within your current comfort level, attempting to learn a completely new technology with a large learning curve in a short time also will not yield desired results. FITS advises taking small steps over time when learning new technologies. In the event of major absences, rethinking the technologies you already know may be the best strategy for you.
  • Apply technology to serve a pedagogical purpose, not simply for the sake of using technology. The uses of technology described on the site are good practices to have in place for absences in general: student athletes on the road, you at an out-of-town conference, a student with a family emergency, etc. They are just good pedagogical practices.
  • Note the limitations of your obligation to help students who have been sick. In some instances, the student might be better advised to take an incomplete or drop a class. Please consult policies on class attendance and absences and incomplete grades from the Student Handbook.
If you have any questions,

Contact Donnie Sendelbach, Director of Instructional and Learning Services ( or any FITS member for assistance in thinking through strategies for your classes.

Faculty Instructional Technology Support (FITS) (
provides consulting & technical support for faculty who wish to explore & develop uses of instructional technology in their teaching.