In-Class and Live Support

The Imaging and Computing Center’s expert staff contribute to the college in a number of ways.  We contribute to classes and offer a number of workshops.  Some of those are listed below.


Workshops and Courses:

Computational computing at the Imaging and Computing Center: Research and Curricular Computing and the Imaging and Computing Center offer support for Computational Computing at Bates College. We will support faculty scholarship projects, curricular projects, and facilitate access to computing resources at Bates and abroad. Faculty who need support for curricular and research computing projects should contact Kai Evenson (Manager of the Imaging and Computing Center; or Michael Hanrahan (Director of Research and Curricular Computing; We will support faculty curricular and research projects and facilitate access to appropriate computing resources whenever possible. If you desire computational support for your academic work at Bates, please contact us. We can work together to solve your computational computing needs.

Introducing GIS: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool for manipulating and conveying spatial information. Besides facilitating the production of clear and informative maps of terrestrial locations (and a variety of physical spaces), a GIS can quantify and variously represent physical geography (e.g., measure topography in three dimensions) as well as cultural geography or environments (e.g. indicate concentrations of non-English language speakers in Maine or map flora and fauna ranges in New England) leading to new opportunities for analysis and understanding. This workshop will introduce the tool by exploring the uses of GIS on campus and is offered at varying frequencies (usually each semester). Offered in association with Curricular and Research Computing.

Mapping the Humanities with Mashups: A “mashup” is a techno-colloquial term for an application or website that combines and re-purposes data from multiple existing sources. Their uses in education are wide ranging: map mashups, for example, combine spatial data and in-depth textual and graphical annotations of places or features. The result is a multi-layered, multi-representational map. At their best, mashups allow students to engage with their material in new ways not only by providing geographical clarity but also by enabling new analysis of the resultant cultural contexts. This workshop will give an overview of mapping mashups and provide some examples of mashups in curricular settings. Offered twice yearly. Offered in association with Curricular and Research Computing.

Powerpoint Presentations: A short in-class (15 to 30 minutes) presentation giving an overview of the do’s and don’ts of powerpoint presentation. The presentation does not focus on using Powerpoint. Instead, it focuses on visual approaches that work while also pointing out some of the common pitfalls of Powerpoint presentation. Offered upon request.

Other workshops coming soon:

3D Printing: In this workshop, we will discuss some of the many curricular applications of 3D printing, as well as the various ways 3D computer models can be created and printed using resources available on campus.

Virtual Reality: Come learn about the tools and resources available on campus to support the curricular uses of Virtual Reality, from 360-degree filmmaking for Youtube to the construction of artificial CGI environments for the Oculus Rift.