How does a sophomore History and Economics major become the student supervisor for Gtech, the technical support group for students at Gettysburg College? Rachel Fry ’15 has done exactly that. When she was asked about her appointment to the post by Chris Marsh, Computer Support Specialist I, Rachel replies, “During my high school years, I was the Go-To-Geek for my family and friends. I really enjoyed figuring out problems and getting their computers to work again.” Rachel attended Central High School in Martinsburg, PA. She also assisted her parents in their power equipment business. During that time she ran several advertising campaigns for the business.
Further explaining her mix of liberal arts and computing technology, Rachel noted that she has always enjoyed learning about other cultures and sees History as a logical choice of a major. Her business experience led to the choice of Economics as a second major. She is ultimately interested in pursuing a career in advertising and sales. Her experience with Gtech is causing her to give serious consideration to honing that career choice to include computing.
Rachel holds two positions, Gtech Supervisor and Digital Center Facilitator, that are completely separate. At Gtech, she trains workers and reviews their performance. She also has regular duties as a technician. As a Digital Center Facilitator, she maintains campus printers, loan out cameras/projectors, etc. She also helps students with digital media projects. She was hired for the additional Digital Center Facilitator job at the beginning of the fall semester, 2012. The major responsibilities for Gtech student technicians major are the removal of viruses and trouble-shooting computer problems. Qualified student workers may also swap out replacement parts, such as screens, CD ROM’s, and hard drives that are brought in by students with their computers. Rachel notes that she likes the new facilities in the Digital Center. She thinks the atmosphere is much more professional than those in Gtech’s previous locations. In addition to her work with Gtech and the Digital Center, Rachel also works with Rick Fawley, Network Operator/Computer Lab Specialist, developing schematics for campus computer labs. Her most recent project was for a lab in Musselman Library. She also works with a IT Focus Group to promote campus awareness of computing availability and opportunities on campus.
Rachel obtained her job with Gtech by consulting the “GBurg Works” pages on the College web site prior to her arrival on campus. She saw the opportunity for a student job with IT and felt that it meshed nicely with her experiences during high school. She applied before leaving for campus and had her interview during her second day on campus. She got the job and has not looked back since. She loves her work and says that what she is doing with IT helps to benefit the entire campus community.
Chris Schmitt joined the Data Systems Department of IT on August 22, 2012. His main job responsibilities are to work with the Gettysburg College Portal, CNAV, the College’s content management system, developed by dotCMS Corporation, and to support his fellow network applications specialists in the Data Systems department. His current responsibilities include a redesign of the Data Systems web site with the possibility of extending it to a template that may serve as a model for all departmental web sites. He is also working on the First Year Dashboard with a goal of streamlining the code for the dashboard as well as streamlining the data structures used for storing the data entered by individuals and providing them access to college services.
Chris is a 2010 graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, majoring in Computer Science. Between his graduation and coming to Gettysburg, Chris worked for ICF International, a major contractor with the Department of Defense. One of the important projects that he worked on at ICF was to create a Learning Management System that would organize, maintain, and keep record of all required and supplemental training for DOD employees. Although the work was enjoyable, the position was located in Alexandria, Virginia, while Chris lived in Martinsburg, WV. Even though his commute now to Gettysburg still takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, he finds it far preferable to battling the heavy commuter traffic coming into the Washington, DC area.
Chris enjoys music and has taught himself to play the guitar. His musical preferences are Christian Rock and Easy Listening. He is also very active within his church, Bethel Assembly of God, in Martinsburg. He helps them with their video, audio, and lighting needs. As one would expect, Chris also helps with the computing and network services required by the church. When he has the time, Chris also enjoys reading for relaxation. His reading preference is light fiction.
Chris is happy and excited to have joined IT’s staff. We look forward to working with him. Please welcome Chris to Gettysburg when you meet him on campus.
Moodle sites can organize content weekly or by topics. The Weekly format works well if you present information and activities each week and like to structure your site to match your syllabus. The Topic format works well when you have only a few items or prefer to organize your content by type or by topic. The Folder format is new to Moodle 2 -- it’s basically a Topic format, but with a folder icon that lets you collapse or expand the items and activities within. Give it a try - if you don’t like it, you can switch back to regular Topic format. To change the format of your course, go to the Settings block - usually on the left side of your screen - and click on Edit Settings (which is towards the top of the list of settings). Be sure to add or subtract more weeks or topic areas if you need them - that setting is also found there.
While you are in the main course settings, experiment with the Theme selection. Moodle2 has many more color/font themes available. For those of you who teach a language, consider setting the course site to the target language - menus and other system designed text will then appear in the language of instruction rather than English.
Once you have saved your settings, look over your site and decide if you need all of the default Blocks. If you aren’t using something, go ahead and remove it to clean up the appearance of your site. Just click the red “X” icon inside of the block to remove it. If you need it back again, you can always add it later. Need a block but are tired of looking at it (“drag and drop” comes to mind)? Use the docking feature new to Moodle 2: click the icon on the far right of any blocks icon list (it looks like a thin vertical line next to a thin vertical rectangle).The block will disappear, but a bar will now appear along the far left of your screen with the name of the block listed. Any time you need access, just drift your mouse over the name of the block.