Teaching in High Def at Liberal Arts Colleges

June 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

How do liberal arts colleges reconcile traditional high touch pedagogy with the growing prevalence of virtual communication technologies and, if so, what kinds of value can these technologies bring to the liberal arts business model? High definition (aka HD or high def) videoconferencing holds out the promise of virtually replicating face-to-face interaction. Cisco coined the term “telepresence” to describe this phenomenon, and many liberal arts colleges have turned to this technology as more fitting to the liberal arts experience and pedagogy than lower fidelity options like skype or desktop videoconferencing.  NITLE has been experimenting in this area for several years, and today held an event, “Teaching in High Definition” via HD videoconferencing to showcase two language instructors who have been teaching in this medium for the last academic year. « Read the rest of this entry »


New Position at St. Edward’s University

June 12, 2013 § 4 Comments

St. Edward’s University on the south side of Austin, TX.

I’m delighted to announce that on July 1 I’ll be joining St. Edward’s University as Director for Instructional and Emerging Technology. Part of my responsibility will be helping implement the university’s 2015 Strategic Plan which calls for the creation of a “21st century learning environment . . . in which faculty and students access, assess and create knowledge in a world-wide exchange of ideas.”  I will work with faculty and staff to create a vision for that learning environment and put it into practice across the campus.  This work is a natural extension of the work I’ve done at NITLE to help faculty transform and adapt new digital methods in teaching and research to advance the essential learning outcomes of liberal education. « Read the rest of this entry »

Digital Pedagogy Keywords NITLE Seminar

April 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today, I’m leading a NITLE Shared Academics Seminar on Digital Pedagogy Keywords. Here are the slides:

Here is a list of links I expect to share:

My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Projects Selected & Participate in 2012-13 Digital Field Scholarship Sandbox

April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on April 01, 2013 at 02:47PM at Techne, http://blogs.nitle.org/2013/04/01/projects-selected-participate-in-2012-13-digital-field-scholarship-sandbox/

In August 2012 Lewis and Clark College invited members of the NITLE network to experiment with digital field scholarship by playing in a digital field scholarship sandbox.  These projects were selected and have been contributing to a collaborative website for digital field scholarship, https://sge.lclark.edu/dfs/. View each project’s individual page to find out more.
Davidson College, Math […]

from Techne http://blogs.nitle.org/2013/04/01/projects-selected-participate-in-2012-13-digital-field-scholarship-sandbox/

My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Undergraduates as Public Digital Scholars

January 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on January 24, 2013 at 01:26PM at Techne, http://blogs.nitle.org/2013/01/24/undergraduates-as-public-digital-scholars/

On Thursday, January 24 at 4:15 pm, NITLE presents this session at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities:
Undergraduates as Public Digital Scholars
How do we prepare students to be lifelong learners who are adaptive, networked and engaged citizens? By becoming public digital scholars, undergraduates learn digital methods of analysis, […]

from Techne http://blogs.nitle.org/2013/01/24/undergraduates-as-public-digital-scholars/

My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Building Capacity through Professional Development

January 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on January 07, 2013 at 10:59AM at Techne, http://blogs.nitle.org/2013/01/07/building-capacity-through-professional-development/

If you are looking to build your capacity in digital humanities, consider one of the NEH-funded Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities.  The calendar of current opportunities is here: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/institutes

Topics for this year’s institutes include digital research in modern studies, 3D visualization for cultural heritage sites, linked open data for Ancient Mediterranean and Near East Studies, data curation, high performance sound technologies, text-encoding (TEI), and tool building.

NITLE Survey on Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

November 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Interest in digital humanities, digital scholarship, and digital methodologies is growing at liberal arts colleges. To monitor that growth and explore its implications for liberal arts colleges, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) is gathering information about digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges. We invite faculty, staff, administrators and others at small liberal arts colleges to complete our online survey on this topic. Please also share the survey with your colleagues.  We welcome multiple results from the same institution.   Any information you can provide will be appreciated, even if you cannot answer every question.

NITLE Survey on Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts Colleges: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NITLEDHSurvey

Results from this survey will update the research on digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges, that went into this publication:

Alexander, Bryan, and Rebecca Frost Davis. “Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities? Process and Products in the Small College World.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Research Statement

This is a research project being conducted by Rebecca Frost Davis, NITLE Program Officer for the Humanities.  Your participation in this research study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without penalty. We anticipate that this survey will take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Information from this survey will be used in the following way:

  • Aggregate data will be shared with the NITLE network and published openly
  • Responses indicating levels of institutional engagement in digital humanities and that would generally be available publicly, e.g., existence of a digital humanities center, courses offered, individual or institutional projects, may be shared with the NITLE network and published openly, under the names of individual institutions
  • Individual responses that reflect a respondent’s opinion (qualitative responses) will not be shared, published, quoted, etc., without prior consent although aggregate information about and analysis of such responses may be shared and published

We will do our best to keep your information confidential. All data is stored in a password protected electronic format. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only and may be shared with NITLE representatives.

My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Undergraduate Research and Digital Scholarship

October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on October 15, 2012 at 01:25PM at Techne, http://blogs.nitle.org/2012/10/15/undergraduate-research-and-digital-scholarship/

How can we prepare our students to be citizens in a networked world? One solution is to give them occasions for action in that world through authentic research using digital methodologies.  Let them explore wicked problems that cross disciplinary lines and don’t have clear solutions.  Engage them in collaborative research involving both students and faculty members. Involve them in projects driven by community needs and mentor them through that work.  All of these answers highlight the value of liberal education in a world of webs and networks because these are the kinds of opportunities offered by small liberal arts colleges rather than large-scale, industrial MOOCs. « Read the rest of this entry »

Networked Collaborative Course on Feminism and Technology

September 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

In the spirit of my post about undergraduates and crowdsourcing, here is another opportunity to get undergraduates involved in a large digital project, this time with an explicitly pedagogical focus.  The innovative FemTechNet project seeks to use technology to enable a networked conversation among, students, faculty, scholars, artists and others about the intersections of feminism and technology. By developing a distributed online collaborative course–Feminist Dialogues on Technology–which will be offered in Fall 2013, project leaders will cross global and disciplinary boundaries to create this dialogue. Please share this opportunity with any on your campus or beyond who might be interested.

This academic year (2012-2013), an international network of scholars and artists activated by Alexandra Juhasz (Professor Media Studies, Pitzer College) and Anne Balsamo (Dean of the School of Media Studies, at the New School for Public Engagement in New York) are working together to design and develop the course. I believe that this project presents an important opportunity to connect students at liberal arts colleges into a larger learning network, as we prepare them to be citizens in a globally networked world.

Campuses may join the course in a variety of ways:

  • faculty may offer an associated course on their home campus;
  • students can take the course as an independent study with local faculty members mentoring them; or
  • anyone who is interested may join as informal learners.

Currently, network members are building the course by submitting and evaluating “Boundary Objects that Learn”—the course’s basic pedagogic instruments.

To help members of the NITLE network learn more about this project, and the alternative model it presents for how liberal arts colleges might effectively counter the current drive to massive online courses (like MOOCs), NITLE will be offering a free online seminar for NITLE network members on Thursday, October 4, 4-5 pm EDT. Seminar participants will join project leaders, Alexandra Juhasz and Anne Balsamo to learn about and discuss this project. Find out more about the seminar and register online: http://www.nitle.org/live/events/144-femtechnet-the-first-docc-a-feminist-mooc For those who are not NITLE network members, please contact Juhasz or Balsamo directly or go to the FemBot Collective to find out how to get involved.

I’ve got another post brewing on the implications of this project in terms of MOOCs, academic collaboration between campuses, etc., but wanted to get this opportunity out there now.

My latest at NITLE’s Techne blog: Building Capacity in DH: Introductions & Institutes

August 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on August 31, 2012 at 04:13PM at Techne, http://blogs.nitle.org/2012/08/31/building-capacity-in-dh-introductions-institutes/

This installment of NITLE’s series on Building Capacity in Digital Humanities within the NITLE Network, focuses on two types of training opportunities for liberal arts faculty and staff.

Digital methodologies and new media are transforming humanities teaching and scholarship, but current humanities faculty and professional staff face challenges in learning and applying these new approaches, collectively termed the “digital humanities” or DH for short.  Newcomers can find a variety of professional development opportunities, including online seminars,unconferences with associated brief workshops, workshops at professional conferences, and 1-2 week institutes.  When I surveyed existing training opportunities, I found two main types to be common—introductions and institutes. « Read the rest of this entry »

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