Articles By: Annelie Rugg

Technology support and resources this fall

Published: September 21, 2021

Welcome back to campus, everyone! We are pleased to provide nearly all of our technology services this fall, and want to summarize the key ones for you here. Questions? Email support@humnet.ucla.edu. Instructional support is available 9am–4pm daily via email or Zoom, either drop-in or by appointment. Email for instructional support: ritc@humnet.ucla.edu. This includes requests for both on-campus and remote…

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HumTech FunTech: Inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest

Published: November 12, 2020
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Research shows that high-performing teams like HumTech are able to sustain excellence by building team connections, so we took advantage of the Friday before Halloween to spend an hour carving pumpkins and choosing a winner for 2020. Seven of our 17 staff signed up for the October 30th event, whose rules were intentionally simple to…

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Going Serverless with the UCLA Writing Center’s Scheduling App

Published: October 23, 2019

In Fall 2017, UCLA Humanities Technology was faced with needing to undertake a major PHP version upgrade of a locally hosted, custom application that provides web-based 24/7 scheduling for thousands of appointments annually for the Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC). This UWC Scheduler supports thousands of undergrads every year and facilitates the matching of peer writing…

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Insufficient Storage

Published: November 6, 2018
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It’s happened to all of us. Maybe we’re downloading a vacation’s worth of photos onto our computer, or maybe our new laptop comes with half the hard drive space of our old one. Whatever the cause, we’ve seen that message, “Insufficient storage,” that stops us in our tracks. The question is, how do we solve…

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Becoming HumTech: Things to know as we change our name

Published: October 25, 2018

On October 17, 2018, our Dean of Humanities announced the launch of Humanities Technology — “HumTech” — as part of an expanded approach to technology support for the Humanities at UCLA. As the Dean’s announcement states, the name “HumTech” more accurately “… reflect[s] this organization’s role as the technology solutions and support center for the…

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How to use tech to facilitate small-group work

Published: October 5, 2017

Are you looking for ways to improve the results of your small-group collaborations? Here are six different technologies that can facilitate small-group work — not because they are computer-based, but because they support core project-management “best practices” . Collaborative writing tools. Gone are the days of having to email a Word document back and forth,…

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Reimagining Humanities Education in the 21st Century

Published: January 4, 2017
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There’s no question that higher education is undergoing a transformation. Over the past few years, rising tuition costs and a slow economic recovery have driven tremendous interest in, and experimentation with, alternative educational models and tools such as MOOCs, online degrees, coding bootcamps, personalized and competency-based learning, and learning analytics, just to name a few….

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Mapping Indigenous LA: A HumTech Project Collaboration in the News!

Published: April 26, 2016

On behalf of HumTech, I would like to congratulate the team behind one of our past project collaborations, Mapping Indigenous LA (MILA), for being featured earlier this week on KPCC’s “Take Two” news program. The humanities are criticized for being irrelevant to the needs of modern America. MILA’s engagement with its community partners, however, shows…

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