Center for Digital Learning & Research


March 19, 2012


iPad Studio Session: iMovie

presented by Center for Digital Learning + Research

Ground floor in Academic Commons (AKA Library)

Wednesday, April 4th, 12:30 – 3:30 with refreshments

The Studio Session on iMovie is a hands-on engagement in media production using the iPad. The CDLR will transform into a mini movie studio, using the shoot-edit-display capabilities of the iPad and iMovie to create short films.  All you need to bring is your creativity, we will provide the iPads and iMovie training, along with some costumes and props.

The Challenge: To conceptualize, shoot, and edit a 3 minute movie in 3 hours

The Schedule:

  • 12:30-1:00 - Orientation and brainstorming in groups
  • 1:00-2:00 - Go shoot your film on the iPad in...
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March 16, 2012

It's true!

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March 16, 2012

Studio Session: Arduino 101

presented by Center for Digital Learning + Research

CDLR, Ground floor

Academic Commons (AKA Library)

Thursday, March 29th, noon – 3pm with refreshments

Ever wonder how the Wii works? What tracks the movement of an iPhone? Want to play with circuit boards? Learn to sense and control the physical world using the Arduino microcontroller platform. Through this hands-on workshop designed for beginners, participants will learn the basics of the Arduino programming environment, the world of sensors, and analog/digital inputs and outputs. Using basic components such as buttons, light sensors, and LEDs, we will develop an Arduino-...

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March 15, 2012

Last month, OxyScholar had 3,320 full-text downloads, bringing the TD total to 54,748.
OxyScholar is a platform for digital scholarly work created at Occidental College by members of the Occidental community. Designed to collect, preserve, and provide open-access to faculty research, selected student projects, and journals, OxyScholar is sponsored by the CDLR.
February '12 Stats:
The most popular paper downloads:
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March 8, 2012

Last week, we hosted the first of our Studio Sessions in the CDLR. Harnessing my interest in popular music, as a scholar and a performer, I thought that I would experiment with multi-track audio production using the iPad. I was inspired by all the iPad bands that are burgeoning on Youtube and especially empowered by this emerging genre that is heavily populated by women in Asia.

From my days of playing experimental music, I found that libraries are not only a day-job shelter for some of the most innovative experimental artists that I know (Khate,...

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March 7, 2012

I wrote a post about how I tinkered with the script of my Sound Maps on my personal blog yesterday. Our weekly Caffeine & Code meeting in the CDLR sparked a return to the "codeavors" that I began at the Scholars Lab during grad school. I thought I would share my reflections on coding, within the context of web mapping, with my colleagues at Oxy and beyond.


I played with Google Map API v.3 in OpenLayers today with the mission to fix a couple things broken on my Myspace Friendship Web Map. All of this is inspired by my recent revisit of my spatial (ethno)musicology at my UCLA talk on digital ethnography and the NCCSEM roundtable on alternative careers for ethnomusicology PhDs at Santa Clara...

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March 2, 2012

Dhiraj Murthy will be here on Thursday March 8 to give a talk on Twitter and social media. Dhiraj's current research explores social networking cyberinfrastructure and virtual organizations. His work on social networking technologies in virtual breeding grounds is funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of CyberInfrastructure. Dhiraj also has a book on Twitter under contract with Polity Press. He has done virtual ethnographic work and published articles both on his research findings as well as his innovative digital ethnographic research methods. Dhiraj founded and currently directs the ...

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February 21, 2012

I wrote a post about the delivery and results of "the Mixtape Project" assignment in my CSP course last fall on my personal blog. I'm cross-posting it to share my reflections with Oxy folks.


I teach courses on popular music. With analog nostalgia hip in our digitally enabled environment, the mixtape as an object and a metaphor now carries some fun resonance. In this blog post, I want to reflect on the Mixtape Project, an assignment that I designed with the intention for students to reflect on their own, immediate popular music worlds in critical ways, while utilizing course concepts learned from class...

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February 20, 2012

Mark Sample will be visiting Occidental on Thursday, February 23rd to give a talk on “Building and Sharing When You're Supposed to be Teaching and Writing.”

Mark will talk about his move toward assignments and projects in the undergraduate humanities classroom that emphasize making—as opposed to simply writing. He will also address the sharing aspect of these projects, which he sees as a critical intervention into the enclosured experience most students have in higher education. In addition, he will consider how this emphasis on making and sharing drives his own scholarly production.


Mark Sample Bio

Mark Sample is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at ...

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February 15, 2012

The Center for Digital Learning + Research is planning a number of events this semester, and I would like to commend to your attention the upcoming talks and studio sessions. Exact times may shift slightly as we get closer to the dates, and will in any case be confirmed by dedicated event announcements closer to the date. Each of these events is designed to be open to the entire campus community, and we will be inviting colleagues from other institutions to the speaker series events as well. The attached flyer is meant as a quick save the date announcement, and you can always check our site for recent announcements and discussions:
The Mellon Digital Scholarship Speaker...
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