Faculty Tech Showcase Descriptions
We are still compiling complete descriptions for the 2014 Faculty Technology Showcase, but you can get an idea of the topics from the following list:
Cecilia Benenati, Spanish
Words with Wordle
Wordle is a tool for creating “word clouds” from any text. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can customize each word cloud using different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. Once you get your word cloud looking how you want it, you have the option to save it or print it.
I used Wordle with my Spanish 201 class to explore two literary readings. The first time, we read a poem and then used the word cloud to explore themes in the reading by looking at which words were most prominent. This was done by the class as a whole. For the second reading, a short story, I switched it around and had groups of students look for themes in different word clouds (different font, text color and size made a difference) created from the same story before reading it. Using the word clouds for analyzing the readings’ text allowed students just to focus their attention on prominent words that helped them come up with possible themes more easily. It also made them look at ideas that hadn’t occurred to them. The second experience was even better, since it forced the students to come up with the story only by looking at the words Wordle was showing them.
Maryann Bylander & Sarah Warren, Sociology & Anthropology
Engaging Images Critically Through Student Blogging
Sociology blogs offer engaging spaces for students to connect sociological concepts and their own everyday worlds. Past and current Introduction to Sociology courses have included different version of a blogging assignment that 1) invites students to critically engage with well-regarded sociology blogs and 2) create their own blog posts, drawing on images and media from their everyday life. Join us to see the kinds of blog posts our students have created, as well as to hear their reflections on what the blogging assignment has meant for them.
Dawn Montgomery, Educational Leadership
Distance Education with Fuze
We’re trailblazing remote distance education at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. In her Advanced Colloquium for Administrators class, five remote students in Central Oregon interact with local attendees in class, in real time, during the duration of the entire class. Each of the five remote students (who themselves are each in different locations) are able to participate in class discussions, follow presentations and engage in group projects. Using a Mondo Pad (a large touch screen computer) and the web conferencing software Fuze, Dawn is able to instruct and get the perspective from administrators from a much more rural demographic. The bonus is local attendees and more distant students of the Grad School get to share in this exchange.
Antonia Mueller, Counseling Psychology
Using Live Video Streaming for Real-Time Feedback
The Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Center is engaging in cutting edge uses of video recording and instruction. As a training facility for counselor and therapist trainees, the Center is able with the consent of clients to record sessions for later review. Through this sophisticated video streaming system of each counseling room, instructors are also able to provide real time feed back to the trainees during the counseling session. Videos are later used to help trainees clearly understand the therapeutic process and are an invaluable way of clearly seeing and understanding concepts. This is a very enterprising system of instruction, documentation and review in the realm of educating and training future counselors and therapists.
Erik Nilsen, Psychology
Taking Steps Towards Healthy Behavior with Technology and Social Referencing
We conducted an experiment exploring the impact that different motivational systems have on persistence and success in creating a habit of daily walking. Specifically, this study asks whether competition or collaboration is more effective at increasing step count. Sixteen young adults tracked their step count and for a three week period using an electronic activity tracker (Fitbit Zip). The participants were split into high steppers and low steppers, based on their step count the first week.
Each week they participated in a different condition to explore the effectiveness of social facilitation through competition (for small prizes) and collaboration (donating to a local charity). The results showed that collaboration and competition significantly increased the number of steps taken, and active minutes, as compared to the baseline.
Our results supported our hypothesis that the use of groups would improve step count and active minutes more than acting individually. They also supported our hypothesis that individuals in the competitive group would see the greatest increase in step count and active minutes. Individuals in both the cooperative and the competitive group showed significant increases in step count and active minutes compared with baseline.
Followup work will examine other motivational and social factors that combine technology and psychology to help people take control of improving their health and level of physical activity. Of particular interest is looking at group composition (friends, teammates, work colleagues) and how using the technology helps support a sense of connection and community rather than depersonalization that is often associated with technology.
Tatiana Osipovich, Russian
Creating a Website on Russian-speaking Communities in Oregon
In 2013, I began researching the history of Russian-speaking immigrants in Oregon, and together with my student David Salkowski (’14) created a website called “Russian-speaking communities in Oregon.” The next year, with the help of an Andrew Mellon student-faculty collaborative summer grant, I expanded my research and added an oral history component to the website. Five students of Russian (Maria Egorenko, ’17; Martin Dorciak, ’15; Elise Loughran, ’16; Anna McClain, ’15; and Katherine Palomares, ’15) interviewed members of various Russian-speaking communities and distilled their personal stories into short text narratives, while the Watzek Library Digital Initiative Unit helped to construct a new section of the website with audio and visual material on these stories of immigration.
This website, created by the efforts of many individuals, serves both Lewis & Clark College and the larger community. It remains a project in progress. One part that still needs to be added is a digital library of original documents detailing the history of Russian-speaking immigration in Oregon. This work will be completed in the summer of 2015.
Nick Tiller, Mathematical Sciences
Teaching “Big Data”
This year, Mathematical sciences offered a big data seminar. The driving force behind the class has been various machine learning algorithms, comparing and contrasting different models, and visualizing the results. Students gain hands-on experience with handling large data sets, learning from it, retrieving it, and manipulating it in different coding environments such as Python and SQL.
Elliott Young, History
Student Blogging with Historical Avatars
This term, the students in HIST 348: “Modern Cuba” participated in a blogging project where they wrote regular posts using a historical “avatar.” The students were assigned specific scenarios for their avatars, and after giving their character a historically and culturally accurate name, they composed first-person journal entries from their avatar’s perspective. The assignment encourages students to empathize with their historical avatars, while also informing their blog posts with accurate historical perspectives.
Over the last few years, the Watzek Library Digital Initiatives program has worked with members of the Lewis and Clark community to develop digital projects to support and/or showcase academics. Check out some of the latest projects, including Lewis & Clark Collaborative Research, the Spiders of Lewis & Clark, and the New York City Graffiti and Street Art Project. Have an idea for a future project? Come talk to us!