This issue of Tech Talk

Heidi Senior

Findable is Not Usable

It’s a catch phrase for sure, but it’s also true.  While it’s easier than ever to find great visuals, awesome music, and video excerpts that are perfect for your presentation or project, it’s also more problematic than ever to use them.  New laws, licensing, and other restrictions present a complicated landscape to navigate when you’re […]


Screencast Using Media Space

Every UP student, faculty and staff member has access to Media Space (login through and can use the service to upload, store and share video in the cloud. But did you know that you can use the built in screen recorder functionality to capture your screen and voice?  This type of recording – known as […]


Tools for the Flipped Classroom

Mary Oakes, Associate Prof of Nursing, is known for her vibrant red hair, upbeat personality, and penchant for storytelling, often playing the parts of many different patients in the SIM lab which she manages or peppering her in-class sessions with tales from the trenches of being an Army nurse and an ER veteran.   She […]


WordPress Lab Starts This Wednesday

Academic Technology Services is proud to announce a new weekly lab time to work on WordPress sites. Starting Wednesday, Feb 18th, come on by the Information Services Training Lab in Franz Hall 010 and get help with your website or blog: we’ll cover posts, pages, menus, widgets, headers, themes, and anything else you need to […]


Flipping the Classroom to Make Room for People

Dr. Tanya Crenshaw, Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Shiley School of Engineering, talked with us recently about her passion for making videos for use in the classroom and for UP’s GreenDot program. Dr. Crenshaw favors a creative approach to video making including the use of props (like a box of toys) and her own freestyle drawings. In the podcast, she talks about the value-add for her students from her use of carefully selected online videos and tutorials as well as her own creations to free up some class time for more interaction.


Energy Trust Rewards UP For Upgrades, Sustainability Efforts

As part of information services efforts to centralize infrastructure management and lower costs, technical services has successfully virtualized a majority of campus servers and desktop infrastructure. This results in a more easily maintained environment with significantly lower energy usage in UP’s data center and at the desktop, a major step in the right direction for […]

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Transcontinental Tutoring for Study Abroad Students

University of Portland recently expanded its study-abroad options for Engineering majors from a short week during the summer term to a full Spring semester in Salzburg, Austria.  Engineering students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and language of Austria while staying on track to graduate with their UP classmates by taking advantage of courses offered […]

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Bridging Gaps in Today’s Classroom

Big changes lie ahead for Oregon students as new computer-based testing goes into effect later this year.  All students, elementary through high school, will be taking the new tests on a common platform in their own schools despite the wide variance in technology infrastructure and support from school to school. Preparing teacher candidates to handle […]

Tammy VanDeGrift

Making the Engineering Classroom Welcoming for All

Engineering classrooms can feel intimidating to many people, but Dr. Tammy VanDeGrift, Associate Dean and Associate professor in the Shiley School of Engineering, is aiming to make sure they are places where all students feel welcomed.  She is  working on a Dundon-Berchtoldt project about creating a more inclusive environment in engineering classrooms. “The lack of diversity […]

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Creating Student-Driven Content for the World

Peter Pappas, adjunct instructor with the School of Education, sees himself as a designer of learning experiences.  He identifies instructional goals and then searches for tools that will help him meet those goals.  He and his students have collaborated to produce some of the most downloaded history books on iTunes in addition to many blogs […]


ATS Workshop: Introduction to the Moodle Gradebook

Academic Technology Services is happy to begin offering face-to-face training workshops in our dedicated training lab located in Franz Hall. The first of these will be a Moodle workshop covering the basics of the Moodle gradebook. Since it’s the beginning of the semester, many faculty members are busy getting their gradebooks in order. Now is […]

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Falling Down the Rabbit Hole with Tablets and Phones

We might be sitting next to each other in class, but we can be inhabiting completely different social spaces, according to Eric Anctil, Director for Innovation at UP’s Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.  Anctil, Associate Professor of Education, has been observing classroom behavior for nearly two decades and takes the role of “provocateur” in […]


Media for the Classroom

Ted Talks, You Tube videos, film clips, and other media excerpts have become ubiquitous in most classrooms.  This week on the podcast we’re talking about some popular tech tools used to create media in the classroom.  We also demystify terms like slidecasting, screencasting, and podcasting.  Finally, we rave about some of the mobile apps we’ve […]

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You don’t have to be shocking to be innovative

Dr. Jennette Lovejoy, Assistant Professor of Communications, explored this idea recently through a semester long experiment that required students to complete a project with their classmates without ever meeting face to face. In this podcast, she talks about why she wanted students to work this way and also discusses her decision process around introducing new technologies into her classes.

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iPads in the Classroom: Gateway or Roadblock?

This week our guest is Dr. Susan Stillwell, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the UP School of Nursing. Dr. Stillwell discusses a research project that introduced Digital iPad Lab activities into her pharmacology course that yielded surprising reactions from her students.


How to Find IS in Tyson Hall

The last year has brought about a lot of changes for IS – including office moves! The Help Desk moved across the quad from Buckley Center and now resides in Franz Hall. The bulk of the IS team has moved to a new office in Tyson Hall, in the Northwestern corner of campus – an area […]

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The Dangers of Downloading in Bundles

As software, Java is necessary for just about anything online. This programming language and computing platform is, as it boasts on its website, “fast, secure, and reliable.” But as an updater, it can be one of the worst things for your computer. Java is an example of software that automatically downloads in a bundle with […]


New Self Service Password Reset Tool Available

Information Services has launched a brand new “self service” password reset tool for our users. This new password reset is integrated into the Single Sign On (SSO) tool. It uses two-step verification to help keep your UP network account secure, and to make resetting your password more convenient and accessible. For this and more Information Security […]

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A New Space for New Media

This week we have José Velazco, the Digital Initiatives Coordinator for the Clark Library. José discusses the library’s state-of-the-art Digital Lab as a resource for students to get hands on experience creating digital media.


Information Services Open House, Nov. 14: All Welcome!

Information services is having an Open House to celebrate their new offices in Tyson Hall on Friday, November 14, from 1-4 p.m., with a blessing by Fr. Jeff Allison, C.S.C., at 1:30 p.m. Information services personnel are excited to have the UP community tour the new offices, visit with staff, and enjoy some snacks. For more […]

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This is Your Brain on Learning

This week we have with us Dr. Ellen Arwood, professor in the School of Education. Dr. Arwood discusses the new postmaster’s program for neuro-education. The courses are based around a philosophy that has to do with how we translate neuroscience into educational applications.

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Learning that Makes a Difference

This week we have with us Dr. Lorretta Krautscheid who is an Assistant Professor and Master’s Program Director for the UP School of Nursing. Dr. Krautscheid talks about the launch of the new Nursing Virtual Learning Center and the use of Digital Badges.

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Curation Workshop

Academic Technology Services will present a curation workshop, in collaboration with the Clark Library, on Wednesday, November 5, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Clark Library classroom. Heidi Senior, library, will share best practices around finding pictures and music licensed for reuse or in the public domain to support the creation of multimedia projects. […]

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Introducing Technology into a No-Tech Zone

As a new professor at UP, Dr. Alice Gates,Assistant Professor in Sociology & Social Work, liked the fact that her students didn’t automatically hide behind laptops in class and many took notes with paper and pen.  But she started to feel as if her position of “no technology in the classroom” was not very well informed.  She […]


Upcoming on the TechTalk Podcast

Alice Gates, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, is our guest on the TechTalk podcast for Friday, October 31.  Dr. Gates talks about the innovative digital storytelling project she did with her students last semester and the surprising feedback she got from them. Lorretta Krautscheid, Assistant Professor of Nursing, is our […]

Michelle Sunderland

Keeping Data Safe and Secure

Increasingly, college and university campuses have become victims of cyber attacks known as “phishing”. Student data which often contains personal information such as social security numbers is an attractive target. On this podcast, Michelle Sunderland, Director of Technical Services, discusses cyber security and offers tips for students and faculty on keeping sensitive information safe. Michelle’s […]

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Uncovering an Ancient Story with Modern Tech Tools

Excavating ancient cemeteries in the broiling Spanish sun might not be everyone’s idea of a fabulous way to spend a summer, but it definitely appeals to UP’s Fr. Richard Rutherford, CSC, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Theology. In July 2014, Fr. Richard Rutherford led a team of UP faculty, alumni, and supporters on an […]


Something for Heads and Hearts from the Garaventa Center

Dr. Karen Eifler, professor of Education at the University of Portland, is the co-director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture.  On this podcast, she talks about the versatility and reach of the Garaventa Center reflected in the many events, lectures, and media sponsored by or produced by the Center. One […]


A New Location for Information Services

I.S. Office Moves Information Services is moving in to new office space in Tyson Hall on the week of October 13th. Formerly a parking garage and temporary storage for the Library, the new office space has been completely renovated and provides a bright and open space for I.S. staff to work and collaborate. Although a […]


UP Says Goodbye to Sherpa

After nearly 11 years, the University of Portland is saying goodbye to Sherpa. This content management system (CMS) has been used to manage the outward-facing UP website since 2004, with its most recent update in 2006.  Sherpa still relies on an 11-year-old MS Windows infrastructure, according to the project request documents. For the past two […]