Reflections on Digital Scholarship Week at Reed

The last week of March was Digital Scholarship Week at Reed. Instructional Technology Services and Library staff, with generous support from the Center for Teaching and Learning, organized the week-long series of events to showcase digital methodologies in research and teaching at Reed. Students and faculty from a variety of disciplines were among the presenters. I enjoyed the way that talking about digital scholarship brought scholars from different disciplines together in one conversation.

As someone with a background in the humanities, one of the questions that interests me is how scholars of the humanities use digital methods, so I was very glad that Dr. Miriam Posner (’01) returned to Reed as part of Digital Scholarship Week. Dr. Posner is a faculty member and coordinator of the Digital Humanities program at UCLA. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale in Film Studies and American Studies. Dr. Posner presented a workshop on visualizing data in the humanities and a lecture on her work on the visual culture of lobotomy in the United States. Continue reading

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Plickers: An excellent alternative to clickers

There has been much coverage in education and instructional technology circles about the use of clickers in the classroom.  Clickers can be an excellent way to look for student understanding of lecture material or outside the classroom reading/flipped content during class.  Eric Mazur, a physicist at Harvard University, is thought by many to be the pioneer of using “just-in-time-teaching” (another name for these classroom response systems and the instruction that goes with them) in science classrooms and has spoken and wrote much about the benefits of this style of teaching.  But these clickers come with some downsides as well that I will address in this blog post.  Additionally, I will discuss a new, cost-effective, superb alternative to clickers called Plickers (paper clickers).

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Tool Talk – Adapter: a three-in-one media conversion tool

There are many media file types that exist for images, audio, and video. A file type that works in one situation make may not work in another. For example, an upload that you need to make might take .png files but not .tiff. Maybe the audio file you are trying to email or upload is too big and you need to compress it. Video files can be particularly problematic due to their size, or perhaps the software you are using accepts only certain formats. The number of possible file types and codecs (technologies for compressing and decompressing files) are seemingly endless and it can be daunting to keep track of this ever-changing landscape. If you don’t want to download multiple apps that facilitate different conversion tasks you can download Adapter and do most everything in one app.

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Tool Talk: Soundflower for routing audio

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to route your computer’s system audio output into a piece of audio recording software.  Some potential situations that you would want to do this for would be as follows. What if you needed to record the audio from a Skype or FaceTime session? Or you wanted to do some creative re-sampling of a piece of audio? Maybe you want to record something from the web like Tone Generator (a frequency generation tool only available on the web), like a student and I did for RAW (Reed Arts Week) recently. You could also use it for a live situation where you wanted to capture everything you did on your computer.

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Digital Scholarship Week at Reed

Across Reed’s campus, students and faculty are using digital tools to produce scholarship in a variety of disciplines. But there are many of us who wonder what “digital scholarship” means, or want to know more about digital tools and their use in teaching and research or how data relates to the humanities, or are curious about how Open Access affects scholarship in different disciplines. Continue reading

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Annotating PDFs in Preview and Adobe Acrobat Reader

Annotation, or adding notes directly to texts, is an important part of scholarly work. Many of us learned to annotate using some old-school tools: pencils, highlighters, maybe sticky notes to physically “tag” our books. As more and more texts are available online, however, tools for rich annotation of online and digital texts have evolved to allow readers to highlight and take notes on digital texts and webpages. This blog post starts with the basics. In it, you’ll learn how to annotate PDFs using apps you probably already have installed on your computer. It’s the first in a series, so look for future posts to cover other note taking and annotation apps. Continue reading

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Curricular guidance from social media: #gistribe in action

For the past two years, I have presented a GIS/mapping workshop as part of Paideia — in 60-ish minutes, aiming to give the Reed community an introduction into the concepts of spatial analysis, basic cartography and critical map reading, and how they might start approaching analytical and/or spatial projects of their own.

This year I decided to split this into two sessions — one focused on GIS as a tool, another focused more on mapmaking and less on data and/or analysis. Continue reading

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Annotating or captioning media

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Example of video captioning

Our new media server has the ability to annotate or caption media, such as audio or video. This can be helpful in a number of ways. Continue reading

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NWACC’s EdTech Deck

Every year, during the first week of November, educational technology specialists from across the northwest gather in Portland for a roundtable. This year, Trina Marmarelli and I attended the North West Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC) Roundtable. As a relatively new Reed employee, it was interesting for me to meet and hear from educational technologists from many different types of institutions.Many of the conversations I had involved the relationship between technology and pedagogy, and how technologists could effectively work with faculty to meet educational goals—whether with the aid of technology or not.

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Shoot a film with our new iPad filmmaking case!

As an instructional technologist for performing arts my job is multifaceted. One of the aspect of my job is to look for emerging technologies that could be relevant to education within the performing arts; another aspect is to look for new technologies that could enhance creativity within or integrate with performances. Sometimes the technology crosses over between these two and sometimes it doesn’t.

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