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Design & Deliver

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D&D is the group leading the design and implementation of Instructional Technology Initiatives. With all it’s members (Jennie Kiffmeyer, Amy Bryant, Neal Baker, Mark Pearson, Jason Robbins, Jose Parreja) committed to furthering the pedagogic use of technology in the academic curriculum we have a dynamic working group.

Digital Pedagogy online seminar

March 22, 2012 in news by Mark Pea

Day of Digital HumanitiesNITLE are celebrating a Day of Digital Humanities on Tuesday March 7th at 1:00 pm with an online seminar entitled Digital Pedagogy.

Program Description

As new digital methods of critical analysis reshape academic practices in profound ways, scholars have begun to use digital tools and platforms to rethink their assumptions about what can or should happen in the college classroom. From work in the online archive to encoding texts to multimodal composition, digital tools and methodologies are changing how students learn and how instructors teach. Many of these developments move beyond the physical classroom into emerging domains for hands-on learning, including the humanities lab, the library, and the open web. How do these developments lead us to rethink learning outcomes, power dynamics, assessment, etc.? Where do we draw the line between digital pedagogy and digital humanities or should we? In this seminar, two experienced practitioners of digital pedagogy will share their experiences with digital teaching and learning and consider the implications for digital pedagogy. Panelists will include:

  • Katherine D. Harris, Tenured Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University, and member the NITLE Digital Humanities Council
  • Jentery Sayers, Assistant Professor, English, University of Victoria

I think that this seminar’s  focus on bringing digital methods of critical analysis to the humanities and looking for profound pedagogical benefits is rather intriguing.

Contact Mark or any other member of D&D if you have an interest in this event or in the subject area.


The Future of Higher Education

March 22, 2012 in news by Mark Pea

Mugshot of Bryan Alexander

The Welsh Gandalf peers into the future

Self styled ‘futurist’ and NITLE Senior Fellow Bryan Alexander is leading a presentation and discussion of the Future of Higher Education online on Thursday April 5th at 3pm (EDT I think).

The program description looks quite interesting, though I think what will be discussed about here concerns technology more than anything else.

Program Description:

What is the future of higher education? What are the best strategies for thinking through the future, in an age of economic crisis and accelerating technological transformation? We begin this session with an overview of futuring methods. These include trend extrapolation, the Delphi method, prediction markets, and scenarios. Each is described and supported by examples. Next we consider the results of some of these methods. The latest Horizon Report is summarized, as a sample Delphi product. Finally, we update the audience on trends spotted by the NITLE prediction markets and conclude by presenting three scenarios for higher education in 2022.

For more details check out Future of Higher Education

Registration for this free event is online .

Contact any member of the Design and Deliver team if you are interested in joining this.


And now for something completely different …

March 6, 2012 in news by Mark Pea

Seen in recent copies of the UK satirical magazine, Private Eye:

Librarians burn books!

Myths about Libraries (UK)



2012 Horizon Report from EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)

March 2, 2012 in news by Jennie Kiffmeyer

Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas of emerging technology cited for 2012 are:

Time to adoption: One Year or Less

  • Mobile Apps
  • Tablet Computing

Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

  • Game-based Learning
  • Learning Analytics

Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Internet of Things

Download the 40 pp. report to read more.

Google Earth / Mapping projects

March 1, 2012 in news by Mark Pea

On the NITLE email listserv ,Sarah P. Kunze @ Colgate asks 

We have had some interest expressed by faculty on developing some mapping or Google Earth projects, but with no real direction from them. I’m interested if anyone out there has worked on some successful projects with their faculty that we can discuss / learn from / poach ideas, etc. I think their interest isn’t in full-scale GIS projects, something a bit more modest, but I’m looking for any and all ideas to introduce to spark more interest here on campus.


University of Puget Sound
Kyle Cramer

I have done a few mapping projects using both Google Maps and Google Earth. I would be happy to give you more in depth information on what I have done and what I am doing, but I can tell you this right off the bat: It really depends on what they want. Mostly, is this for students to do or is this a project that you will be doing for the faculty? If this is a student projects than learning curve and accessibility are extremely important. Google maps is a nice tool that can be learned relatively quickly and easily. It is available anywhere the student goes and they don’t have to download anything for it. The downside to this is that they will need to use a personal Gmail account in order to make their maps, and this makes group projects somewhat more difficult. While I love Google Earth as a tool I think it is more hassle than help in the classroom. The amount of time and instruction needed is much greater that Maps, and the students will need to download the software. They will also need to be made aware of the issues of KML vs. KMG and when to use what.
Bridget A Draxler

I’ve been working for a few years on developing a mapping project that celebrates local culture — more particularly, writers in the Iowa City area. We have a mobile app called “City of Lit” that you can download for free on any apple devices, and there’s a web version that’s currently in beta testing: http://dsph.uiowa.edu/vwu/ucol/mobile/. It’s very low-tech on the student side, and could be made even more so, by asking students to make a map through googlemaps — you can still tag locations, adding text/image citations. The goal is to get students out in the community, gathering stories about places around town and learning about local culture. They conduct interviews, dig through the archives in special collections, take pictures, etc, and map these rich texts onto the city itself, tagging where Kurt Vonnegut wrote the first chapter of Slaughterhouse-Five or where Flannery O’Connor went to church. We’re planning to launch a toolkit in coming years, so that any community could create their own “Local Heroes” app, plugging in information through a user-friendly uploader.
I’ve heard of other faculty doing literature-based mapping projects: for instance, ask students to stage an imaginative production of Hamlet on the college campus. Where would scene 1 take place? Where would Act 4 take place? The students write an accompanying analysis paper in which they explain why they think each location would be appropriate for that scene, and they turn in an annotated Googlemap of campus along with their analysis paper.
Andy Anderson

To use Google Maps you don’t have to have a GMail account, or even a Google Docs account (though there is now less of a distinction than there used to be). But the approach I use now when I want to store my data at Google is to use a Fusion Table and generate the map using their tools. Example:


There are a number of other ways to generate Google Maps, e.g. using various other hosted services. But one I like to use that requires nothing besides your own local web server is to create a set of data using Google Earth (or even ArcGIS) and save the file as a KML/KMZ. Put that on your web server and paste the URL of the file into the Google Maps location field, and it will be displayed. Then click on the link button to get a URL for the combined result. Example:


Google Earth is, in general, more exciting than Google Maps because of its “game-like” interface, and a number of professors here use it in their presentations. I have also taught a number of one-hour sessions to classes of students on how to use GE to generate basic maps. The intention is that they use it in their own presentations to the class, though sometimes they just take screenshots. History classes are the most frequent of these.
The Google products are definitely a great way to get students and faculty into mapping without the overhead of full-blown GIS. But there are, of course, many limitations. The most obvious is that quite often the default maps are pretty ugly; sometimes that can be changed, but learning how to do that takes additional time.
Most recently I’ve helped a student use ArcGIS.com, which provides similar tools as Google Maps but with a different interface (easier integration with ArcGIS, for example). They provide a really beautiful collection of base maps. So I’d definitely look into that. An example using a “National Geographic” look, using the same KML file as above:


A lot of what you can do will depend on the type of data they are using. And when it comes to data, sometimes there’s no way to avoid getting your hands dirty! It’s often best to prepare it in advance.

Donnie Sendelbach

If you want to think about projects that span beyond a class, you can take a look at the Virtual Burnham Initiative at Lake Forest (this had the support of Mellon funding and summer interns):


In short, students created 3D models in SketchUp of buildings planned to be constructed in Grant Park in the early 1900s (and in other places in downtown Chicago) and put them into Google Earth over the current city. It’s a great way to view imagined spaces or past spaces — buildings that have been demolished — over what exists in reality today.
Might be good for a course that’s taught repeatedly over time, so that generations of students can build on previous work.

Jennifer J. Lund

Domingo Ledezma, an Hispanic Studies professor here at Wheaton, does something simple and successful with Google Earth. He assigns a similar project in both a first year seminar and a senior seminar (at different levels, of course.)
The outcomes were something like “Google Lit Trips.” Small groups of students collaborated to illustrate voyages of exploration, like Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world. They used primary source materials (15th and 16th century maps and manuscripts). They synthesized information from various sources to create illustrated commentary, and documented their findings in Google Earth placemarks. At the end of the project students presented the narratives that they had created, organized spatially as well as temporally.
The preparation for the projects was minimal. I digitized the maps and fit them to Google Earth as image overlays. I created a Flickr group so the class could share illustrations such as cropped detail of maps’ marginalia. We did have to be very careful of file protections, etcetera, because the materials were not in the public domain. The students enjoyed it and Prof. Ledezma was pleased with their work.
University Richmond
Kenneth Warren

The chair of our English department, Suzanne Jones, integrated a Google Earth/Maps activity in a course she taught in Fall 2010. It was a first-year seminar that examined the cultural-historical connections between American artists (or products) and Paris.
This mapping activity required students to identify and research a selected artist, historical figure, or product and write an essay explaining why this person or product came to Paris. Students had to post their descriptive narratives to a WordPress blog.
Students then used Google Earth to explore Paris and identified the GPS coordinates of specific locations related to these artists (ie. Hemmingway’s house or where Josephine Baker danced). They submitted their findings to a Google Form and our developers created a Google Map and timeline using MIT/Simile Exhibit. Links from student WordPress posts and Google Map Street Views were included in the culminating project map.
Feel free to have a look: http://tocqueville.richmond.edu/AmericansInParis.html
The course blog is here: http://uramericansinparis.wordpress.com
Because of her student’s engagement and this site’s “global” success (85,000 views), Suzanne intends to use this same activity and methodology in a new English course that focuses on writers in New Orleans.

My Verdict?

Some cool projects here. The Uni Richmond Americans in Paris is majorly cool IMO and also doable for us I think.

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