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WIT Intern Program & Projects

The Williams Instructional Technology Program (WIT) had another successful summer. 16 projects for 11 academic departments/programs and 5 administrative offices were completed. WIT is a summer intern program designed to bring together students and faculty to work collaboratively on technology projects. For 10 weeks in the summer, 12 student interns work in teams of three. Each team is responsible for ~3-4 projects which have a broad range of components, including audio/video production, graphic design, web development, animation, and programming. At the end of the summer, the interns give a public presentation on their projects, and prepare documentation for their sponsors explaining how to maintain and update the projects. The technical and project development skills learned by WIT interns make them excellent candidates to help with further projects for faculty and staff during the academic year.

WIT hires only Williams College students. Preference is given to first-years and sophomores, but the occasional junior is hired for a specific skill set. One returning student is also hired to serve as the student manager of the program. To be qualified for WIT, students should have basic technology skills, and desire to learn more.

Many people assist with the program- workshops were given by Ed Epping, professor of art, on graphic design; Rebecca Ohm, reference librarian, on copyright issues; and Shawn Rosenheim, professor of English, and Satyan Devadoss, associate professor of mathematics, on how to give engaging presentations.

Instructional Technology staff gave workshops and ongoing training in Photoshop, iMovie, Flash, HTML/CSS, database design, programming, project management, and technical writing.

Highlights from WIT 2008

Math Department Site/Blog: A new Mathematics and Statistics department web site was designed that incorporated blogging technology. The site allows prospective and current majors, as well as faculty (both internal and external to Williams), to keep up with departmental events and information. The math faculty keep the site fresh by posting their thoughts/ideas on mathematical topics, and starting discussions around them.

Admissions Virtual Tour: The interns created an interactive online virtual tour for prospective Williams students and their families. Visitors can see the campus through a collection of image slideshows, student descriptions, and an interactive map that takes you from location to location. The site manages to be informal and engaging, while still conveying important information about the College.

Online Citation Tutorial: The Library and Academic Resources Center commissioned an online tutorial on citation, documentation, and study habits for new and returning Williams students. The site features original comic-book style illustrations from one of the interns.

Obrecht: The interns created a website documenting Jacob Obrecht’s St. Donation Mass. It provides cultural context, a media player that allows visitors to view/hear segments of the reenactment, and animated/annotated scores for the mass.

If you are interested in WIT, the completed projects, or would like to explore using technology in teaching, learning and research, contact iTech@williams.edu or visit the WIT websitefor more details.

WIT interns working with their sponsor

WIT team Cyanide Delirium consults with their faculty sponsor, Jennifer Bloxam, on the Obrecht website.