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Circle of Fifths

Circle of Fifths

For any aspiring musicians and producers, a sound knowledge of music theory is required. The basis of Western music theory lies with the circle of fifths. The circle of fifths shows tonalities ordered by ascending (for sharp keys) or descending (for flat keys) intervals. The circle of fifths is depicted above as a chart that shows the relationship between keys, the number of sharps or flats in a given key signature, and is essential for composing and harmonizing. Beginning with the key of C (no sharps or flats) the circle is laid out like a clock depicting the twelve keys. Each hour on the clock is the fifth scale note of the preceding key. For example, given the C major scale, (C D E F G A B C) the fifth note is G. This gives us our next hour in the one position on the clock. The closer keys are on the circle of fifths the greater their tonal relationship. This means the chords work well together. Use the resources below to access free circle of fifths instructional sites. Try utilizing the circle of fifths when composing your next piece.


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Think of a script as your game plan for bringing an idea to fruition.  A script saves time, creates a structured outline, and provides a concise medium for capturing your ideas.  A script can be as simple as a shot list with notes, two-column or A/V style, or screenplay format.  However, professional screenplays should be properly formatted.  This shows that the writer is serious, organized, and has a roadmap to get to the finished product.  Screenplay format (looks like a play) is the generally accepted format for screenplays or movies and television series.  Two-column or A/V style (an audio column with narration or sound and a video column depicting what is being seen on screen) is mostly used in music videos, news shows, documentaries, and instructional videos. Below you will find links to free scriptwriting software available online.

Free Scriptwriting Software



Adobe Story Free








Cassidy, K. (2012 September 1). Script Writing [Videomaker]. Retrieved from http://www.videomaker.com/article/15386-script-writing

‎Bjerke, Gene. (1997 November 1). Video and Film Script Writing [Videomaker]. Retrieved from http://www.videomaker.com/article/3087-video-and-film-script-writing



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CITT Team Spot Workshop


On February 21, 2014, CITT interns, Keith Freeman (Morehouse) and Esther Olayinka (Clark Atlanta),  hosted the first tutorial session for TeamSpot, a collaborative software available for teachers and students. This effort supports the E-Learning Technologies Unit in its goal to expose patrons to library services. Not many are familiar with TeamSpot; however, this software, offered in rooms 209, 216, and 219 in the library, is ideal for students tasked with completing group projects. TeamSpot software allows for users to easily and effectively collaborate on projects. Through a shared public display screen, users can directly share documents, interactively display computer screens, and ultimately master group work!

Keith_StudentsLasting roughly an hour, the workshop proved to be a success. The students in attendance  received a brief overview for installing and connecting to TeamSpot on their personal computers. Soon after, the group was asked to work together on a project—a PowerPoint presentation detailing instructions for making French toast.

“TeamSpot is an innovative and fun way to connect with group partners and create cohesive projects!” says Tijara Miller, junior at Spelman College.

“It’s crazy that I’d never heard of TeamSpot before,” says William Wheaton, a junior at Morehouse College. “While at the session, I quickly realized how useful this software could be to making group projects more manageable. I wish I would have known about it freshmen year!”Moji_John

As midterm week approaches, the library hopes that students and faculty will see in TeamSpot a valuable resource worthy of meeting their academic needs.

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Now Planning: Autumn Workshops!

During the quiet of the Atlanta University Center’s summer break, the E-Learning Technologies unit is planning its slate of workshops and instruction sessions for the fall semester. Classes start and the Library returns to regular operation hours on August 21, but what we’re most looking forward to is getting down to the business of teaching about technology.

We surveyed our colleagues, faculty and students to find out what topics they’d like to learn more about. We also considered the topics we’re most interested in – what we’re learning or areas where we have knowledge gaps. The following is a list of the topics, days and times of the workshops we’ve planned.

Is something you’re interested in missing? Let us know. Visit this site for more information.

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LIBRARY STAFF: Room Reservations Software Training

Summer is the traditional time when library staff upgrade our equipment, software and policies. Things are much quieter during this time of year, so it’s a good chance to take stock, make changes, and gear up for a new academic year. We receive training on vital aspects of our work and suss out solutions to common issues and problems we encounter.

This summer, the E-Learning Technologies unit was asked to train the librarian and archives staff on how to use the our room reservations software. First, a little history is appropriate. See this post to understand where we started.

Screenshot of Training Presentation Slide

Screenshot of Training Presentation Slide

Sometimes, it can be tough training your colleagues – the familiarity level can get you off-task, teachers and trainers don’t always make the best students, and it’s hard to find logistics that suit every need and schedule. Luckily for us, it’s easy to talk to staff at our library – they ask good questions and have postitive energy. Our aim for the two training sessions was multifaceted.We wanted to provide relaxed, conversational tutorial sessions that:

  • provided a brief overview of the room reservation software we use – EMS Professional by Dean Evans & Associates
  • showed the staff simple steps to making reservations and sending email confirmations
  • introduced a new aspect to our reservations – the ability to request technology resources like laptops and projectors

We formulated a 2-page, step-by-step instruction guide (listed in the Document Archive on this site) that illustrates how a staff member should book a room. We also prepared a slideshow presentation and booked a cozy training lab to host our colleagues.

So, how did it go?

We were, in one word, successful. The sessions were well-attended, our colleagues appeared receptive to learning the new system and we came away with some usage considerations that hadn’t occurred to us. We now know that we need to determine best practices for staff using the system – new and old, with different needs and usage considerations. We also see the need to ease the transition to this system for the whole library staff and figure out stuff like timing and training. Library administration is looking to make the EMS room reservations system our primary tool for reserving and supporting spaces in our building. The task seems daunting, but our colleagues’ reaction to the training is encouraging.

Expect more updates on this project in future posts.

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FACULTY: Flipping Out over Flipped Classrooms

Late last week, our Unit was approached by a faculty member from Morehouse College who had the excellent idea to flip her classroom.  A Flipped Classroom is “a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed.”  (Educause)

Source: Knewton

Source: Knewton

The professor is team-teaching her introductory biology course and wanted to give the students more hands-on help and attention by having them do their “homework” assignments and lab activities in the classroom where she is present to help, and have the students review the lectures (which she will pre-record in Camtasia) in the evening during their usual homework time.

flipped-classroom - concept

Flipped Classrooms are becoming increasingly popular as faculty begin to realize how this pedagogical model can help them to best harness the power of faculty-student face-to-face time.  We are excited to help our faculty member with the technological logistics of her new endeavor and will post again with a progress report about how her semester is progressing.

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LIBRARY STAFF: Room Reservations Software Refresher

Students are returning from holiday break and jumping back into the rhythm of study, teaching and learning. Meanwhile, the staff in the Woodruff Library are gearing up for another hectic semester. One of the first orders of business for them to insure they are ready to provide service to the library users. The traditional method of accomplishing this is for staff to “refresh” themselves on customer service techniques, library policy and procedure.

Last year, the Library began using a room reservation application to book the group study and Technology Design Studio spaces. A short time hereafter, administrators saw the necessity to upgrade the software (EMS Lite by Dean Evans & Associates) to a more robust version with added functionality.

The week before classes, E-Learning Technologies unit was tasked with offering refresher sessions about EMS Professional, the room reservation software the Library is currently using. Staff provided two informal, relaxed tutorial sessions and a 3-page, step-by-step instruction guide (listed in Document Archive) that illustrates how a staff member should book a room. The refresher sessions were well-attended and well-received. Librarians and staff gave us good ideas for how to refine and improve the room-reservation procedure.

The benefit of refreshing ourselves to this and other aspects of library service is that it keeps us current and helps us be better at what we do. We feel ready to offer another semester of room reservations and great customer service.

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LIBRARY STAFF: iPhoto Session


Can you believe that the holidays are already upon us?  Oscar had the idea to teach our RWWL staff members how to use iPhoto by having them create a personalized holiday calendar.  This way, they’d have a very nice take-away for themselves or a special calendar they can give as a gift and they’d be learning a new skill in iPhoto!

Oscar created a step-by-step instructional handout for how to create a calendar by using personal photos.  The handout served not only as a guide for how to do this particular project, but it will also serve as a useful reminder to those who would like to attempt the project again, at a later date.

All of the session attendees enjoyed the project – what’s more fun that reminiscing with favorite photos and spending an afternoon working on a customized computer project?!  The results were great, too.  Staff member created calendars featuring their families, pets, friends, hobbies, special events, and the like.

Hosting instruction sessions that allow attendees to have a hands on experience really helps solidify the learning process.  A project that allows them to create something for themselves is also an excellent way to keep the audience engaged.  The success of this format – creating a project and doing something hands on – encouraged our Unit to try to structure our upcoming instruction sessions using this method.

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LIBRARY STAFF: MAC Basics (Our First Instruction Session)

Part of the Library’s E-Learning Technologies unit’s job is train our users (students, faculty and staff) how to use existing and emerging technology.

Inaugural iLearn workshop

Inaugural iLearn workshop

We hosted our inaugural training session a few weeks ago for library staff. Our colleagues received training  and continuing-education credit at a session about our highly popular Apple iMac computers. As listed on the Technology Design Studio page, the Woodruff Library provides over twenty iMac computers for users’ academic and personal needs. The Library supports students’ skill development in the areas of graphic design, audio-visual production and editing, and general computing.

Within our unit, two staffers are “fluent” MAC users, who own and use Apple computers in their professional lives. The other is a Windows native, with beginner proficiency in MAC. We guessed our co-workers would probably appreciate MAC training as much as we do, so we approached library administrators and got approval to offer the session.

In the session, we taught our colleagues the basics – the anatomy of a MAC, how software in the MAC environment compares with similar software on Windows PCs, and some time-saving key-board shortcuts.

Most staff members reported a higher comfort-level with MACs, so we feel the sessions were successful. Visit the Document Archive page to view the MAC basics handout we shared with session attendees.

The future goal for E-Learning Technologies’ MAC training is to offer sessions for varied proficiency levels on specific applications and programs.

E-Learning Technologies staff teach thier colleauges the iMac basics.

E-Learning Technologies staff teach their colleagues the iMac basics.

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