Getting a Head Start on 2020

January 21, 2020

We started the year off strong with a three-day Data Science intensive and a new lecture-capture software. In this newsletter, we share how you can follow our lead to make 2020 your most digital year yet. 


Data, Data Everywhere 

On January 15-17, LITS and the Center for Career and Civic Engagement successfully hosted the Data Science Career Exploration intensive. For the first two days, folks from Data Carpentry visited the Bryn Mawr campus to teach students how to use R for processing data and creating statistical graphics.  

After learning everything that can be learned in two days of hands-on work, students headed out together to Philadelphia for a site visit at OSISoft. There, software developers, programmers, and designers spoke about what it’s like to work for a leading creator of application software for real-time data management.  


Students at OSISoft
Bryn Mawr students learned about OSISoft's application software for real-time data management

Developing Digital Competencies in 2020 

Students who missed the Data Science intensive, and those who wish to build their digital competencies in 2020 can still do so by registering for future intensives, such as the Digital Narratives Career Exploration Intensive, developed through a partnership between LITS and the Career and Civic Engagement Center. For three days, March 11-13, students will build skills and critical perspectives for creating digital narratives. In addition, alumnae/I and other professionals will share with students how digital communication competencies relate to their work across a range of professional fields. To participate, students must register by February 26, 2020 via Handshake.  


Continuing Bryn Mawr students are invited to apply for on-campus LITS Digital Technology Summer Internships. These paid internships provide an opportunity to develop valuable digital competencies while assisting Bryn Mawr faculty and staff in developing and supporting college programs. Interns gain extensive experience with design thinking, project management and assessment, researching and learning new technologies, troubleshooting, and working with clients. Applications are due February 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM via Handshake.  

Assistive Technology Specialist, Ellen Farr, joins LITS 

This winter, Ellen Farr became Bryn Mawr’s first Assistive Technology Specialist. Designed to support students with disabilities by ensuring equal and universal access to educational materials and environments, Ellen’s role is the first of its kind at our College. We interviewed Ellen to learn more about what this position entails, and how she plans to help students access the curriculum using the available tools to gain more independence in their learning, their career, and their lives.

New Lecture-capture Software, Panopto 


In other news, Panopto, our new lecture-capture software, was successfully installed over winter break on all technology-enabled classrooms. To support this migration, LITS staff will be on-hand for in-class support during the first week of the spring semester. Panopto is available to faculty and students through the Panopto box in all Moodle academic courses, or at by logging in with BMC credentials via Moodle.  

Upcoming deadlines 

  • Proposals for Digital Bryn Mawr Project Grants will be reviewed February 15, 2020. These grants are available for Bryn Mawr faculty, staff, and graduate students to support digital teaching, learning, or research activities broadly construed. Learn about the application process. 
  • We are now accepting proposals for the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference 2020 which will be held on the Bryn Mawr campus May 20-21. Submissions are due February 16, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit our conference page.