Workshop 1

Gathering Digital Resources and Using Digital Tools for Research, Collaboration, and Projects, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 12:15 – 2:00 pm, Fleck 305

Finding Tools

DiRT: Digital Research Tools directory:

Instructional Technology:

Key Concepts and Terms


Curation is an essential skill in our information economy and digitally networked world.  We all must be able to find, integrate, and use information, tools, and resources.  To get started thinking about curation see:

digital ecosystem

Digital ecosystem refers to the constantly emerging digital environment in which our students learn and we teach.  It is made up of all of the digital tools and resources they encounter both on and off campus.  To get started thinking about the digital ecosystem see:

participatory culture

“A participatory culture is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices.  A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created).” (Jenkins, 3)  To get started thinking about the participatory culture see:

connected learning / connectivism / networked learning)

Connected learning is “learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational opportunity.” ( To find out more about connected learning see:

digital pedagogy / digital humanities / digital liberal arts

Digital pedagogy refers to “the richly-textured culture of teaching and learning that responds to new digital learning environments, research tools, and socio-cultural contexts.” ( This term is used by many in the digital humanities community to describe how they integrate digital humanities into their teaching, but digital pedagogy is practiced by teachers of every discipline.  To find out more about digital pedagogy see:

student research and creative expression / undergraduate research

Student research and creative expression refers to the movement to engage students in authentic learning experiences, often though collaborative student-faculty research but also through independent research.  Digital tools and resources provide increasingly available opportunities for students to do this type of authentic work.  To find out more see:


Hybrid refers to the integration of teaching places, tools, and interfaces.


Tool Taxonomy

Below is an aggregate of the classes of tools that we brainstormed during the workshop.  See the individual Box notes for more details.

Gathering Digital Resources
Creation and Publication

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