Enable Student Creative Work with Digital Scholarship Projects

Class blog for Contemporary World Issues, taught by Chris Micklethwait
Class blog for Contemporary World Issues, taught by Chris Micklethwait

We invite all faculty to join your colleagues for a tech snack on how to engage students with digital scholarship projects on Wednesday, November 5 from 3:30 – 4:30 in Library 141.  This tech snack will feature three innovation fellows discussing a variety of digital projects:

  • Scott Christopherson, Assistant Professor, Communication will discuss his students’ creation of documentary films, including the Documenting Scotland collaborative film project that covered the vote on Scottish independence and a project to create 3-5 minute films using archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image collection
  • Christopher Micklethwait, Associate Director of First-Year Writing will discuss how his students use a Tumblr blog to collect primary and secondary sources throughout the semester for an end-of-term research essay and an annotation project by which students geo-tag data from their course textbook in Google Earth to create a crowd-sourced study guide
  • Kim Garza, Assistant Professor, Visual Studies will discuss her students’ project to create a collaborative digital timeline for the history of graphic design

Digital tools and information networks make it feasible to design project-based learning experiences that integrate students into the research process, develop 21st century literacies, and scaffold student creativity.  Such projects support the university essential learning outcome that learners will “use critical, creative, and collaborative thinking to solve problems and achieve common goals.”

Tech Snacks are informal discussions with faculty sharing ways how they integrate technology into their teaching.  Snacks will be provided.

About Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Frost Davis Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology Rebecca Frost Davis joined St. Edward’s in July 2013 as Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, where she provides leadership in the development of institutional vision with respect to the use of technology in pursuit of the university’s educational mission and collaborates with offices across campus to create and execute strategies to realize that vision. Instructional Technology helps faculty transform and adapt new digital methods in teaching and research to advance the essential learning outcomes of liberal education. Previously, Dr. Davis served as program officer for the humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where she also served as associate director of programs. Prior to her tenure at NITLE, she was the assistant director for instructional technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and an assistant professor of classical studies at Rhodes College, Denison University, and Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Davis is also a fellow with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). As a NITLE Fellow, Dr. Davis will develop a literature review relevant to intercampus teaching, which will cover contextual issues such as team-teaching, teaching through videoconferencing, and collaboration; a survey of intercampus teaching at NITLE member institutions; and several case studies of intercampus teaching at liberal arts colleges, including interviews with faculty, students, support staff, and administrators. This work will be summarized in a final report or white paper to be published by NITLE. At Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, (http://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/) Dr. Davis blogs about the changes wrought by new digital methods on scholarship, networking, and communication and how they are impacting the classroom. In her research, she explores the motivations and mechanisms for creating, integrating, and sustaining digital humanities within and across the undergraduate curriculum.
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