Thanks so much to Rebecca Johnson, Director of Instructional Technologies and New Pedagogies at eTech for her workshop, “Using Social Media in the Classroom” last week. She gave a great presentation and started an interesting discussion with participants about the pros and cons of various approaches to social media for pedagogy. We appreciate her contribution to the workshop effort. Her presentation slides and resources can be found here.
Lauren Klein gave a fabulous talk on Nov. 7 about her research in the Thomas Jefferson archive and her use of data visualization methods to explore archival silence. She also gave a brown bag about some her favorite projects and resources. Thanks to Josh Rothman and the Summersell Center for the Study of the South for sponsoring this event!
Lauren has been kind enough to share resources from her visit via her website: http://lmc.gatech.edu/~lklein7/2012/11/06/university-of-alabama-talk/
She also mentioned D3 as resources for finding visualization tools and methods:
Additional information here: http://geography.ua.edu/news/post.php?p=163
GIST Awareness Day (Printable PDF)
The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Geography are sponsoring a poster contest open to all University of Alabama undergraduate and graduate student users of Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and other Geospatial Technologies.
Posters will be displayed and competition winners will be announced on Thursday, November 15, 2012, in the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library. The poster competition is part of a larger event sponsored by the University Libraries’ and the College of Arts and Sciences’ to highlight the widespread applications of geospatial sciences and technologies.
Undergraduate and graduate submissions will be judged separately, and the winners in each category will receive CASH PRIZES in the amount of the following:
1st place: $250
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $50
Barb Dahlbach and Mark Robison of the UA Libraries gave a great team-taught workshop last week that compared two online bibliographic management systems–RefWorks and Zotero. Although RefWorks is the system currently supported by UA, there are some compelling reasons to work with Zotero too. Check out their resources for weighing the pros and cons.
Today’s workshop, led by David Ainsworth, focused on building and using a WordPress site in a pedagogical context. This teaching focus was an important part of the workshop since, as Dr. Ainsworth pointed out, WordPress sites can be used to build almost any kind of website (more and less effectively). He also made a strong case for the advantages of the public orientation of WordPress sites (as opposed to those on Blackboard) and the opportunities they create for student engagement with new audiences. He has made his slides and handout available for those who couldn’t make it or want to know more. There are lots of resources for working with WordPress – if you are in Arts & Sciences then e-Tech can help (with course sites and research sites) and of course the ADHC can always help you get started. Thanks for your contribution to our workshops, Dr. Ainsworth!
Dr. Steven MacCall gave a wonderful workshop last week to a big crowd about Omeka (an open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions from George Mason’s Center for History and New Media). We’re excited to continue offering Omeka instruction and assistance, perhaps as a series of sessions with a small group working on their own projects. Thanks Dr. MacCall for participating in our workshop series and for sharing your presentation slides and your handout!
Good interview on Anvil Academic as a follow up to our visit with Korey Jackson. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/digital-killed-the-analog-star-an-interview-with-fred-moody-of-anvil-academic/42936
Thanks to everyone who attended the HTML5 Workshop on September 19. The presentation covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. For those interested in learning more about HTML5 or wanting to take another look at the slides I used for the workshop, I have attached the resource list to help you get started: HTML5 Resources.
Post by Crissie Johnson, UA Press
On September 13 Jennifer Drouin from the English Department discussed her ongoing Shakespeare au/in Quebec project in a presentation entitled “Challenges associated with CSS and XML in a Foreign Language DH Drupal project.” The goal of the project is to create a bilingual anthology of Québécois adaptations of Shakespeare written during the Quiet Revolution with cross-references to the Shakespearean works they draw from. This is an ongoing project created in the Drupal Content Management System, which was also used to create the new English Department website. Jen hopes to include critical content (both original and pulled from her forthcoming book, Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation), reflowable copies of approximately thirty plays, and links to the Shakespearean plays made available through the Internet Shakespeare Editions.
The site is in its early stages, and CSS created in InDesign has been created. Currently, Jenn is working on selecting a set of TEI tags for marking up the Québécois plays in XML. She is looking at the established manuscript and theatrical tag lists edited by Roma; however, it was suggested that she could still use one of the XSLTs provided by TEI rather than having to create everything from scratch. There was some question about whether in the interest of expediency the text of the plays to be studied should be uploaded as PDFs or more simplistic coding to make them quickly available as completely marking up the plays with cross reference will be a time-consuming task. The goal is for the Québécois plays to link to the Shakespearean text using the hover features as is done in the OED for cross-references. Jenn has found a plugin that allows for the direct import of XML, which she hopes will streamline this process.