Faculty Tech Showcase Descriptions
We are still compiling complete descriptions for the 2015 Faculty Technology Showcase, but you can get an idea of the topics from the following list:
Cloud-based LaTeX Typesetting
Overleaf provides a free, cloud-based project manager and compiler for LaTeX typesetting. Come see my Math 235 students’ reports on population models, all beautifully typeset on the cloud. Your students, too, can create beautifully typeset documents, including figures, formulas, and more!
Paul will also showcase using Wordpress to create a class webpage.
Use Google Sites and Dropbox to Create Simple Paperless Courses
Want to go paperless in your courses? Come see how to combine Google Sites and Dropbox to make all the materials for your course available online. Collect, comment, and return all student assignments using Dropbox. Students have easy and stable access to all course materials without having to consult you. You provide rapid feedback on coursework without having to spend time in class collecting or distributing assignments. See how to use Google Sites to create a course webpage with a course calendar and syllabus, a link to your Google Calendar, and a space for online discussion of course readings. See how to use Dropbox to make assignments, readings, and other course materials available online. See how to use Dropbox to collect, provide feedback, and return assignment
Moodle Un-muddled? How to Keep Things Clean, Clear and Cool, and a Host of Other Things
Want to store, display and easily retrieve material electronically? Moodle provides various tools whether to post basic information for your course (description and objectives, calendar, reserve list) or to collect student assignments. Keep assignment descriptions and related resources handy, and easily identifiable, with resource icons (online pages, word docs, pdfs, URLs, A/V material). Update your calendar off-line and replace it in Moodle with a couple of clicks. With minimal effort, color code daily homework for those visual learners and play with font size and format to offset this or that. Keep track of announcements through forums. Poll students for mid-terms evals or to gather other potentially time-consuming information.
Canvas: A User-Friendly Learning Management System
Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) like Moodle, but with a friendlier, easier-to-use design. It offers all of the features you’d expect in a modern LMS: a gradebook, a way for students to hand in their work, automated quizzes, mobile access, a place to post files and assignments, peer review, importing from other LMSs, and much more. It saves you considerable time as an instructor — if only because students can look up their grades in great detail whenever they want.
I, a notorious complainer about software, have been running all of my classes in Canvas for several semesters and am quite happy with it. My students like it, too!
Using Social media to Create Participatory Culture
When I started using blogs and Twitter in class, I presumed that they would be convenient and efficient ways to share information more broadly amongst my students. I was surprised to discover that there is a more radical potential to these tools to challenge traditional pedagogy and move towards creating participatory cultures. I will be prepared to share some lessons learned “the hard way” about how to take advantage of this potential.
Tatiana Osipovich, Russian
The Russian Memoir: Digital Media Projects
Russian 290: The Russian Memoir introduces students to the Russian memoir as a genre of creative nonfiction that conveys both a personal life story and a first-hand account of the historical times witnessed by the memoirist. The course pays special attention to the social, historical and aesthetic significance of these personal writings and considers such issues as the author’s class, gender, ethnicity and ideology.
For their final projects students become digital publishers and produce a narrative about their own or somebody else’s life. These projects will utilize students’ knowledge about the genre of memoir and exercise their skills in obtaining, narrating and editing personal stories and publishing them with digital media. The format of students’ final production is up to students themselves; it could be a short video, a web page, an animation, an electronic archive, or any other type of digital storytelling that students prefer and/or want to master.
Qlab: A Powerful Tool for the Theatre Arts
What began as a simple audio playback program has grown into one of the most powerful tools available today for sound and video design. QLab has become an industry standard in modern theatre because of it’s many capabilities and ease of use. Come see a demonstration of how the Theatre Department utilizes QLab to create sound and video effects for the live stage.
Cut ‘em Some Slack and Let Google Drive: Tools for Classroom Communication and Collaboration
This showcase presents two mechanisms for increasing classroom communication and collaboration, Slack and Google Drive. Slack is an online messaging application that can be used in lieu of email or online message boards. Students join a slack “team” (such a class), and can post and subscribe to different “channels” (perhaps sub-groups or topic areas). Google drive can be used to share and comment on documents. I will also present a template for tracking student work through a google spreadsheet.
Teaching “Daily Writing Practice” Online
For two years, I’ve been teaching “Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford” online for students in Mexico, Japan, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. With the help of Damian Miller at the Grad School, and my students, I’ve managed to create community on Moodle, share a wide variety of resources, and advance each writer’s sense of craft and voice.
Norma Velazquez, Biology
Video Recordings for Studying Animal Behavior
My research is on characterizing the developmental and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse such as nicotine an alcohol on the nervous system. One of the behavioral effects of drugs in animals, including humans, is increased activity. My chosen model organism is the common fruit fly. Fruit flies exhibit increased locomotion when exposed to drugs. Changes in locomotor activity can be used as a read out for increased or decreased effects of drugs. Students in my BIO380 course in Fall 2014 and in my lab have carried out pilot video recording of larval or adult fly locomotion to identify genes that influence the effects of drugs on behavior. Collaboration with Peter Drake’s Software Development Course in the Spring of 2014 provided a first attempt at analyzing video data. Then collaboration with Jessica Kleiss led to code in MatLab that allows tracking of flies in single chambers. This software will be optimized and modified to analyze the videos we have collected most recently, in which multiple containers can be imaged at the same time. The set up for this multi-container chamber recording was possible with help from Stephen Attinasi, who helped us with the design and building of the multi-container chamber, and help from Justin Counts, who helped us find the right video camera, tripod, lighting equipment, and video streaming for the video recordings. Eve Lowenstein (BCMB, 17’) started working on this project in the summer of 2015 and has been instrumental in advancing the project.
Creating High-Quality Digital Decals for Use on Ceramic Art
The art department recently purchased a ceramic decal printer for the ceramics studio. One of the outcomes of this collaborative research project was to learn how to use the decal printer and to produce high quality ceramics decals for faculty and student use.
This decal printer is similar to a traditional digital printer but is fitted with ceramic inks. Once the decal images are printed, the decals are soaked in water for a short time and then applied to the fired surface of a ceramic object. The ceramic object is then fired again to a range of 1835-1941 degrees F. This final firing will permanently adhere the decal image to the surface of the object.
For this project, we used Photoshop to create the original images for printing. The imagery for the decals can come from a variety of sources; including drawings, paintings, text and photographic imagery. The digital ceramic decal printing process is relatively new, with a limited number of college and university ceramic programs that have them. The printer and inks are costly. The printing process takes time, patience and testing to get a color pallet that will work consistently. The success of the final printing quality are based on several factors; the quality of the original image, the humidity of the room where the printer is located, the quality and age of the inks, the application of the decal, the surface and glaze of the object, the firing temperature and the duration of the firings.
During the fall semester, Watzek Library Digital Initiatives has experimented with Reclaim Hosting, a web hosting service geared toward academic institutions. The service allows for the quick deployment of development space and content management software like Omeka and Wordpress. The Digital Initiatives team (and hopefully some participants) will show the following projects supported on the Reclaim Hosting platform:
- An Omeka collection to support Bob Goldman’s SOAN 370 course, in which students describe advertisements by various fields and contribute them to a central collection.
- A web space for Biology students Kohl Kinning and Sasha Bishop to develop a prototype for the Natural History Collection, using PHP, MySQL, and the Bootstrap framework.
- An Omeka instance to support Sarah Warren’s research in Mapuche Maps. In this case, Omeka is used primarily as an organizational tool for her digital objects and metadata.
Watzek Digital Initiatives hopes to expand the use of Reclaim Hosting to support digital scholarship and digital humanities on campus. If you have an idea, come talk to us!
Robert Miller Photography Digitization Project
Professor Emeritus of Art & Photography Robert Miller donated his research and teaching collection of 1,894 images to the Visual Resources Center in 2011 upon his retirement from Lewis & Clark College. Spanning his 28 years at Lewis & Clark (1983-2011), the collection consists of images by artists both famous and obscure, photographs taken by Lewis & Clark students during the course of his teaching, 18 hours of videotape, containing interviews with artists, and more. The photographic techniques documented in this archive nicely complement the physical archives held within Lewis & Clark College’s Special Collections & Archives documenting the history of photography (including an image of a physionotrace from 1792).
Starting in 2012, Lewis & Clark alum and Visual Resources Center intern Penelope Cottrell-Crawford processed the donation, taking it from an unorganized and undocumented collection to the beginning stages of a digitized and accessible archive. After Penelope’s departure, the project languished for a year until funding was found to employ another intern, Visual Resources Assistant Hanna White. The information describing the materials was lacking in over 40% of the collection, so Hanna set to work researching and filling in the gaps. For the last 2 years Hanna has continued to digitize and preserve this legacy archive, conducting original cataloging and interviews with Robert Miller, and publishing the collection to Lewis & Clark’s digital image library on Artstor. We are pleased to present a time capsule of the teaching and research conducted by one of Lewis & Clark’s Emeritus Professors, in its entirety. Enjoy!