Blended Learning Events

Italian Songs from the Time of Christopher Columbus

Anne MacNeil (UNC Chapel Hill)
November 16 at 4:30pm in the Cynthia Mead Sargent '60 Concert Salon (PNW 101)

This presentation by Anne MacNeil is sponsored by the Blended Learning Initiative and the Department of Music.

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Blended Learning Speaker Series

Whales, Galileo, and the Digital Humanities

November 7, 4:30-6:00 pm in Founders 120

Jeffrey Ravel (MIT) - 34,000 Theater Performances and 2200 Images of Whales: Some Lessons Learned in the Digital Humanities

This talk will draw on experiences directing two digital humanities initiatives, the Comédie-Française Registers Project and the Visualizing Maritime History Project. The former is now reasonably mature and available online, while the latter is still in progress. Topics will include the pleasures and perils of international collaborations, the overlap between research and pedagogical agendas in the Digital Humanities, and the synergies between material collections and digital projects. Triumphalist DH narratives will be avoided; expect instead a tempered assessment of the challenges facing humanities scholars working in digital spaces today.

Crystal Hall (Bowdoin College) - Lessons from Galileo’s Digital Library

This presentation describes an ongoing project to digitally recreate Galileo Galilei’s personal library. Rather than treating the library as a catalog of books, the project uses digital tools to create and navigate an intellectual artifact of choices and circumstances. Examples from the library show both what can be achieved when historical data is (mostly) complete and what can be done with incomplete, ambiguous, or deceptive data. The lessons from the library have three ends: a better understanding of early modern intellectualism, identifying the strengths and limitations of digital tools, and suggesting the research and pedagogical opportunities of such a project.

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Manuscripts as Fingerprints of Creative Thinking and Sustainable Digital Humanities

Paola Italia (University of Bologna)
November 6, 12:30-1:30 pm in PE 239

Join us for a lunch-time presentation and a conversation with Paola Italia. This event, organized by Sergio Parussa, is presented by the Department of Italian Studies and the Blended Learning Initiative.

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Blended Learning Knotty Problems

Moderated by Alex Diesl (Mathematics)
October 25, 12:30-1:20 pm in LIB 346

We’d like to invite you to a special lunch-time “Blended Learning Knotty Problems” session about the pedagogical choices or conundrums you have faced in a blended learning / digital humanities classroom. The session will be led by a guest moderator, Alex Diesl, who runs the Knotty Problems Roundtable Discussions throughout the year. Join us for lunch and a collegial conversation about teaching!

This session has been especially designed for all of us working with blended learning techniques, digital pedagogies, and other methodologies involving innovative and experimental uses of digital tools. If you’ve encountered “knotty problems” in your course that integrates an element of blended learning, digital scholarship, and/or the digital humanities, please bring them to the session.

Anyone (faculty or staff) who is interested in an informal teaching discussion is welcome. Prior experience in blended learning is not required.

2017 Summer Teaching Institute on Active Learning Pedagogies

May 9-10, 2017

The institute, sponsored by LTS and the PLTC, will take place on campus Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. During this institute, participants will:

  • Discuss the benefits, challenges, and risks of implementing active learning pedagogies
  • Design an active learning teaching strategy and corresponding assessment to integrate into a 2017-18 course
  • Explore the role of technologies in active learning pedagogies
  • Build an interdisciplinary community that provides a sustainable structure for implementing active learning pedagogies
  • Practice reflective teaching

Blended Learning Speaker Series

The Women Writers Project at 30

Julia Flanders (Northeastern University)
May 8, 2017 at 3:30 & 4:45 pm in the Library Lecture Room

3:30 - 4:30 pm - The Women Writers Project at 30: The Data of Writing, Reception, and Intertextuality

The Women Writers Project is approaching its 30th year as a digital humanities research and publication project. This presentation will explore the WWP's history and its research program in scholarly text encoding, including a close look at two projects focusing on reception history and intertextuality.

4:45 - 5:45 pm - Under the Hood of the WWP: Data, Tools, and Education

This presentation will look at how the Women Writers Project's publications work, including TEI-encoded data, XML publishing systems, and the work flows and training materials that support this rich and complex information environment. We'll also consider the principles of sustainability that have enabled these systems to survive and adapt over three decades of changing technologies and needs.

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Blended Learning Speaker Series

Choose Your Own Witch-trials: A Pedagogical Adventure in Text-based Gaming

Michelle Brock (Washington and Lee University)
April 27, 2017, 4:30 - 5:30 pm in PNE 339

The witch-hunts of early modern Europe, some of the most fascinating and disturbing episodes in the history of the Western world, provide teachers with significant pedagogical opportunities and challenges. This presentation discusses a project in which students create games that examine regional differences in the European witch-trials. More generally, it explores the use of interactive text-based games in the classroom.

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Blended Learning Speaker Series

Teaching and Learning with Digital Storytelling

Kelly Schrum (George Mason University)
March 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm in the Library Lecture Room

Digital storytelling can be many things — narrative, interactive, linear, nonlinear, immersive, artistic, educational. What happens when we use digital storytelling to communicate academic research? When we use it in the classroom to teach digital skills as well as content? This workshop will explore these questions and more, including practical strategies for integrating digital storytelling into the classroom across disciplines.

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Folger Shakespeare Library Transcribathon

The Blended Learning Initiative co-sponsored this exciting two-part event.

Part 1: "Tangled Texts in Early Modern England": Lecture by Dr. Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakepeare Library)
March 7, 4:15 - 5:30pm in Founders 120

A talk on the interplay between manuscript and print and between text and image in Renaissance England, and on the continuity between early modern multimedia and the way we consume text and image today.

Heather Wolfe is an accomplished paleographer and author of numerous articles on early modern manuscripts. She has edited The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680 (2007), The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608: A Facsimile Edition of Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232 (2007), and Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland: Life and Letters (2001). Dr. Wolfe and her work were recently featured in articles in The Guardian, The Wall St. Journal, and the The New York Times.

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Part 2: Transcribathon
March 8, 2017, 12:30 - 5:30pm in Pendleton Knapp Atrium

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the early modern world and the history of the book -- a Transcribathon! Experts from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Early Modern Manuscripts Online project will be on hand to introduce participants to the art of transcribing English manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries -- the age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Spenser, and Dryden! There will be food (lunch and afternoon refreshments), fun, entertaining manuscripts, transcription sprints, prizes, and an easy-to-use online transcription platform called Dromio. We’ll be transcribing the fascinating Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608, which includes many beautiful hand-drawn illustrations in addition to handwritten text. This is a come-and-go event, so feel free to stay as long as your schedule permits. Bring a laptop so you can participate in this exciting activity--we will have extras for those who need one.

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Supporting Blended Learning after the Mellon Grant

A Conversation with Andy Shennan, Kathryn Lynch, and Ravi Ravishanker
March 6, 2017 at 12:30 - 1:20 pm in the Library Lecture Room

We would like to invite you to a conversation about your experience with blended learning. We are interested in hearing about the impact blended learning has had on your teaching, which aspects of the initiative have been particularly helpful, and the kinds of support for your work on blended learning you would like to see in the future.

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Blended Learning Speaker Series

Teaching Literature Through Technology: Sherlock Holmes, London, and the Digital Humanities

Joanna Swafford (SUNY New Paltz)
November 30, 2016

How can we balance the needs of teaching literature with teaching students to use technology? This talk takes up two classes as case studies to address this question. “Digital Tools for the 21st Century” uses the Holmes stories as a corpus on which to practice digital humanities methodologies and tools, including visualizations, digital archives, mapping (GIS), and distant reading. “Virtually London: Literature and Laptops” uses digital archives and digital mapping to examine how issues of gender, class, and race were embedded in the geography of London itself, and by extension, in literature about London and its environs.

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Blended Designs: Faculty Luncheon

Discussion Facilitators: Erich Mattes (Philosophy) and Becca Darling (LTS)
November 3, 2016

Discussion topic: Challenges and Opportunities