Building Liberal Arts Capacities through Digital Social Learning

September 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today, I’m speaking at Smith College about how we can build liberal arts capacities in our emerging digital ecosystem, which is shaped by networks and driven by data.  This ecosystem requires the same liberal arts capacities, but we need to develop and practice them in new contexts.  I provide the slides from my talk below, as well as a list of references for the model assignments I am sharing.  In addition, the reference section contains pointers to more examples and sources for pedagogical advice the method in question.Here is the title and description for my talk:

Building Liberal Arts Capacities through Digital Social Learning

How can assignments that take advantage of digital tools and methods build student capacities in critical reading, thinking, and writing?  What do community-engagement, global learning, and problem-solving look like in our globally-networked, data-driven, participatory digital culture? In short, how do we do liberal arts learning in the emerging digital ecosystem?  This talk will explore strategies for uniting the best of liberal arts education with our constantly changing digital culture.

Slides are here:

References and Further Reading

Digital Culture and Learning

Cheryl Faux. (2015, February 27). Generation Z: Connected From Birth. Retrieved from http://www.jbchicago.com/generation-z-connected-from-birth/

Prensky, Marc (October 2001). “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”. On the Horizon 9 (5): 1–6.

Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/

Rebecca Frost Davis. (2015, September 14). “Freshmen are Mobile, Social, and Always Connected.” Instructional Technology. Retrieved from http://sites.stedwards.edu/instructionaltechnology/2015/09/14/freshmen-are-mobile-social-and-always-connected/

Bloom’s Taxonomy 1k4snjn” by flickr user nist6dh is licensed under CC BY 2.0. https://www.flickr.com/photos/53801255@N07/7095644699.

Frank Levy, and Richard Murnane. Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work. third way, 2013. http://www.thirdway.org/publications/714.  See especially chart on p. 18.

For more resources on scaffolding, see:

Julie Sievers. (2015). “Scaffolding Learning In (and Across) A Course.” Innovation Fellowship. Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://sites.stedwards.edu/innovationfellowship/scaffolding-learning-in-and-across-a-course/

Models

Social Annotation

Classroom Salon: http://www.classroomsalon.com/

Jeremy Dean. (2015, August 25). Back to School with Annotation: 10 Ways to Annotate with Students | Hypothesis. Retrieved from https://hypothes.is/blog/back-to-school-with-annotation-10-ways-to-annotate-with-students/

Lebow, D. G..; Lick, D. W. & Hartman, H. J. (2003/2004). HyLighter and Interactive Annotation: New Technology to Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, XXIII (1 & 2 ) 69-79. https://www.academia.edu/7907843/Lebow_D._G.._Lick_D._W._and_Hartman_H._J._2003_2004_._HyLighter_and_Interactive_Annotation_New_Technology_to_Develop_Higher-Order_Thinking_Skills._Inquiry_Critical_Thinking_Across_the_Curriculum_XXIII_1_and_2_69-79

Crowdsourcing Data Collection

Rebecca Frost Davis. “Experiential Learning at Wild Basin.” Instructional Technology, March 18, 2014. http://sites.stedwards.edu/instructionaltechnology/2014/03/18/experiential-learning-at-wild-basin/.

Rebecca Frost Davis. (2012, September 3). Crowdsourcing, Undergraduates, and Digital Humanities Projects. Retrieved from https://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/crowdsourcing-undergraduates-and-digital-humanities-projects/
Other Crowdsourcing Project and Assignments:

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

Text Analysis: Rebecca Frost Davis. “Reflections on a Text Analysis Assignment.” Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, November 12, 2013. https://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/reflections-on-a-text-analysis-assignment/.

Distant Reading Exercise

Cordell, Ryan. “Grad ProSeminar Guest Talk: Not Reading.” http://ryancordell.org/personal/grad-proseminar-guest-talk-not-reading/ Web. Accessed 15 November 2014. Cited in Kathi Inman Berens. (2015). Interface. In Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments (draft version undergoing peer-to-peer review). Retrieved from https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy/blob/master/keywords/interface.md

FitBits and Analyzing Personal Data

Mike Wasserman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, “Incorporating Personal Health Devices Into Environmental Science and Global Studies Courses in Angers, France: Understanding the Influence of Culture and Environment on Human Health” http://think.stedwards.edu/tltr/2015-tltr-pilot-projects

Databases

Mapping Police Violence Database: http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

cited in Adeline Koh. (2015). Race. In Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments (draft version undergoing peer-to-peer review). Retrieved from https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy/blob/master/keywords/Race.md

Wikistorming

FemTechNet: http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/ and Wikistorming: http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/wikistorming/

See also “A 12-week Assignment to Write a Wikipedia Article” http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Syllabi

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments

  • General Editors
    • Rebecca Frost Davis, St. Edward’s University
    • Matthew K. Gold, City Tech & Graduate Center, City University of New York
    • Katherine D. Harris, San José State University
    • Jentery Sayers, University of Victoria
  • https://github.com/curateteaching/
  • #curateteaching

Cite as:

Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, & Jentery Sayers (Eds.). (2015). Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments. Modern Language Association. Retrieved from https://github.com/curateteaching/digitalpedagogy
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