We’re Hiring a Digital Humanities Postdoc!

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An exciting development at Trinity College this year was the receipt of a Mellon Foundation Grant for Arts, Humanities, and Digital Scholarship. This will bring lots of opportunities to faculty and students across campus.

Information Services is delighted to be able to say that as part of this grant, we are hiring a digital humanities postdoc to work closely with Christina Boyles (our recently-hired digital scholarship coordinator) and Jason Jones (um, me) to develop undergraduate offerings in the digital humanities.

Projects that the successful candidate might find themselves working on might include: supporting faculty research projects in the digital humanities; developing training programs on DH tools or methods in conjunction with other IS staff; researching undergraduate digital humanities credentials, such as certificates; teaching; or other possibilities not yet envisioned. (Not all at once! The idea is that there are a wide range of opportunities for the successful candidate both to get involved on campus *and* to position themselves well for the job market.)

The disciplinary focus is less important than a deep familiarity with digital humanities methods and tools. The position is full-time and benefits-eligible, and is located, as I’ve mentioned, in Information Services (the merged IT/library) rather than an academic department. The position is funded for 2 years.

Here is the link to the official job posting. We do anticipate beginning the review of applicants by the end of March.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Boyles & Jason Jones.

Photo “Day 158: Diffusion of Knowledge” by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski / Creative Commons licensed

ToW: Come to the FEMBOT Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

To celebrate Women’s History Month at Trinity College, Information Services is excited to host a FEMBOT Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 6th from 12:00pm-2:30pm! The event will take place in the Library and Information Technology Center’s new Digital Scholarship Studio, which is located in room 182, directly above Peter B’s coffee shop.

The goal of this event is to bring attention to the many contributions made by women that have significant influence on our culture. This year’s event will focus on including women of color, trans, and/or non-conforming people and related organizations and ideas into Wikipedia. You can view some of the topics for this year’s event here.

Please join us us for the event and/or extend the invite to friends and colleagues! Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or to stay for the entirety of the event. Pizza will be served. Feel free to contact Christina Boyles (christina.boyles[at]trincoll[dot]edu) or Erin Valentino (erin.valentino[at]trincoll[dot]edu) with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Greatest Hits in Educational Technology: Episode 1 – Teaching Neuroscience with a $60 Web Cam


This video documents how Dr. Chris Swart, a faculty member in Neuroscience, used $60 webcams to teach an advanced exercise in his neuroethology lab, NESC-362, Fall Semester 2017.

Not only does the video highlight how low-cost technology can be used effectively in an advanced science lab, but it also showcases the video production skills of the Student Technology Assistants in the Center for Educational Technology. The students did all the work to create this video, which started from filming the lab session and finished with audio and video editing in Adobe Premier.

Interested in learning more about the STA program or how to create your own videos? Contact your Instructional Technologist!

Join Our Transcribe-a-Thon for Douglass Day on 2/14

On 14 February 2018, please join us in the Trinity College Library’s new Digital Scholarship Studio (LITC 182) for a transcribe-a-thon in honor of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday. Following the lead of the Colored Conventions project, we’ll be transcribing records of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

The Transcribe-a-thon is from 12-3pm, and is open to the public. Cake and coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Boyles or Jason B. Jones.

ToW: Digital Scholarship Studio Now Open!

The Digital Scholarship Studio is now open! Located directly above Peter B’s in the library, this suite includes a 30-person classroom, a digital scholarship space, a one-button recording studio, a digitization lab, and two conference rooms.

We are excited that this space will help us scale up our digital scholarship offerings by providing a space for classes, workshops, and research. With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon grant, we also plan to offer funding for faculty to develop their use of digital tools in research and pedagogy as well as for training opportunities such as DHSI and HILT.

We look forward to collaborating with you on these and other ventures in the years ahead!


TOW: Adjusting a grade item in Moodle

Tip of the WeekAre you using Moodle to calculate grades for your class? Do you want to adjust (or curve) a quiz or assignment score after everything has been graded?

This is easy to do in Moodle, but you need to know the settings. First, for grade items added manually, navigate to the settings for the grade item by first going to Gradebook Setup under Course Administration. Under the column labelled ‘Actions,’ select ‘Edit Settings’ in the row of the grade item that you want to change. For Moodle activities, such as assignments, navigate from within the course to the Edit settings page under ‘Assignment Administration.’

Let’s say that you want to adjust the maximum number of points on a 100 point quiz down to 95 (which would raise the percentage scores for each student). On the Grade item screen, you will see a notice that grades have been awarded, so in order to change the maximum grade, you must choose whether to rescale the grades.

The ‘Rescale existing grades’ setting has two options – Yes or No. Selecting Yes means that the existing grades will be rescaled so that the percentage grades remains the same. Selecting No means that the percentage will be recalculated to reflect the new maximum – which is what you want. After you set ‘Rescale existing grades’ to No, the maximum grade box will be activated, and you will be able to enter in a new value. Click on ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the screen, and you are all done.

If you have any additional questions about the Moodle Gradebook, contact your Instructional Technologist!

TOW: Using Twitter Archiving Google Sheets (TAGS)

Have you ever wanted to see how many people are tweeting about #NetNeutrality? Or do you want to look through tweets from the 2016 Presidential campaign to see how media covered the election? If you’re interested in scraping data from Twitter, consider using Twitter Archiving Google Sheets (TAGS) a program that collects tweets in a Google spreadsheet–making the tweets easy to analyze and visualize using digital tools.

Here is a brief instructional video to get you started:

Once you have enabled TAGS, your data will appear in a spreadsheet like the one below. This sheet will tell you who tweeted, what they tweeted, and when the tweet was posted. All of this information will allow you to trace a hashtag from beginning to end, to see what topics were most debated, and to determine who participated most. Such data can enrich our understandings of the reach of information and activism on Twitter. You can even make searchable location map of the top tweeters in your data set.

TAGS is a great tool to use to research prevalent social issues and an excellent way for students to gain a richer understanding of both their social media presence and their digital skills.

If you’re interested in using TAGS but don’t know how to get started, feel free to contact Educational Technology to get started!

Digital Storytelling Resources

Tip of the WeekIn the Spring of 2017 The Community Learning Initiative offered a workshop on digital storytelling for community learning which was facilitated by Brianna Derr, Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist for Video at Bucknell University. Brianna’s Digital Flavor site contains a wealth of information on digital storytelling projects including example projects, assignments, syllabi and many other resources. 

The site provides details on many assignments and types of projects including documentary film, ethnography, podcasts, digital essay and more. 

Some of the resources you may find useful for planning your project include:

Some examples of the Trinity College projects presented include:

Course: History 260: The Struggle for Civil Rights (Instructor: Cheryl Greenberg)
Project: Mapping the civil rights movement in Marks, Mississippi
Key Concept: Empower student engagement through a visual historical narrative
Presenter: Cheryl Cape, Educational Technology

Course: Art History 227: Public Art (Instructor: Alden Gordon)
Project: Documentation of public art and curation of thematic walking tours in Hartford
Key Concept: Transform student research into a “public good”
Presenter: Sue Denning, Educational Technology

Course: Data Visualization internship seminar, http://commons.trincoll.edu/dataviz
Project: Data Visualization for All, free online book and course, http://DataVizForAll.org
Key Concept: Tell your story on the web with free and easy-to-learn chart and map tools
Presenter: Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies

Course: Psychology 339: Developmental Psychopathology (Instructor: Molly Helt)
Project: Digital Public Service Announcements (PSA) to deliver a “core message”, Bullying PSA
Key Concept: Use multimedia to deliver stories with an impact
Presenters: David Tatem, Educational Technology, and Shannon McAvoy, ’16 and Danielle Rock, ‘16

As always the Educational Technology staff would be happy to work with you in developing and implementing a project with your students so come to us with your ideas and let’s collaborate!

ToW: Adding Kanopy and Films on Demand clips to Moodle

Tip of the WeekThe library subscribes to streaming video collections that provide Trinity College users access to a variety of films. Two of the larger collections are  Kanopy and Films on Demand. Both collections allow users to create clips or shorter segments of films and link to or embed  them into Websites such as Moodle. 

Kanopy is a rich archive of feature films and documentaries from well-known producers and indie filmmakers, including the Criterion Collection. Kanopy provides instructions for creating clips on this page, and allows you to embed clips, playlists, and/or entire films into Moodle. You can also simply grab the direct link to the playlist, instead of embedding. 

Films on Demand is a collection of documentaries on a variety of topics, ranging from modern healthcare policy debates to art to archival newsreel video. Easy steps to create custom segments are found on this page. Like Kanopy, playlists and segments can be embedded into Moodle.

If you have any questions about these collections or using them in class or in Moodle, please get in touch with Amy Harrell, Educational Technology Librarian, amy.harrell@trincoll.edu



Join Our Team:
We’re Hiring an Instructional Technologist

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Trinity College is hiring an instructional technologist this fall. (It’s a replacement position*, not an expansion of the group.)

While the ad speaks for itself to some extent, I did want to highlight some other reasons why this is a good moment to join us.

The college has made significant investments recently in the educational technology group, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future:

  • We’re now a Domain of One’s Own campus, with a pilot currently underway and a more formal rollout slated for the spring.
  • With the help of a donor and some of our own money, we’ve been investigating emerging technologies such as 3D printing (available to the campus for free), virtual reality machines, and drones. One of the instructional technologists has been leading a working group to get a policy approved for the campus, and has helped kick-start a student drone club.
  • The college has just added a digital scholarship coordinator, Christina Boyles, and is building a Digital Scholarship Studio, which will come online in January. This will add two learning spaces, a recording studio, an imaging room, and a couple of meeting rooms to the usable space of the library.
  • Educational Technology is housed in a newly-redesigned space that supports collaborative student work as well as innovative technological pedagogy.
  • We’re doing a lot of cool projects–we were part of the #prmapathon for Puerto Rico a couple of weeks back, and are launching a physical computing working group this fall. We support a portfolio program that we expect to grow over the next couple of years.
  • We develop courses for edX, and have some more very exciting courses in the pipeline.
  • Instructional technologists have freedom to teach, both in the form of workshops but also in Trinity’s J-Term program (one instructional technologist, Cheryl Cape, is team-teaching a course on modeling financial data in our Bloomberg lab; the other, Dave Tatem, is team-teaching a course on drones and mapping) and interdisciplinary courses in research methods.
  • I take professional development seriously as a manager, and send people to conferences and help them make presentations and publish articles.

Over the past couple of years, we have laid the groundwork for some major developments in educational technology and digital scholarship, and they are starting to bear fruit. We welcome applications for the position, ideally before Thanksgiving; in the meantime, if I can provide any helpful information about Trinity or about our group, please don’t hesitate to be in touch!

*The person who’s leaving is going to an instructional design job at a startup in Brooklyn.

Photo “OG Instructional Technology” by Flickr user Tom Woodward / Creative Commons licensed BY-NC-2.0