Center for Digital Learning & Research


February 13, 2012

iPad Studio Session: Garage Band

presented by Center for Digital Learning + Research

Ground floor in Academic Commons (AKA Library)

Wednesday, February 29th, 12:30 - 3:30 with refreshments

The Studio Session on GarageBand is a hands-on engagement in the production of multi-track music recordings using the iPad. With instruments and gadgets, the CDLR will transform into a multi-station audio recording studio. We will use the iPad to record physical and software instruments and to mix the tracks into a song. All faculty, students, and sound-makers, without or without previous experience in audio performance/production, are welcome to attend. We encourage you to stay the entire time; but drop in if you can.

This Studio Session is the first...

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February 10, 2012

ELI 2012 Annual Meeting Logo

Join us in the CDLR on Monday February 13th for interactive live viewing and discussion of the 2012 Annual Meeting of EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. Coverage starts February 13 @ 10:45am and ends  February 15 @ 10:00am.

The theme of the meeting is Taking the Pulse: Connecting, Assessing, and Innovating and is geared toward faculty, librarians, learning technologists, and academic administrators. Topics include digital literacy, mobile computing, assessment and learning analytics, and social media. Read more at the ELI 2012 Conference website or view the Online Program...

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February 3, 2012

I gave a talk this afternoon to the ISIS community about the practice of doing digital scholarship. The community had some great questions about how to get started and what types of concerns members might want to consider at their liberal arts colleges.

The slides are available to view (recommended) and to ISIS talk (pdf), and the full set of links from the talk are also viewable.

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February 1, 2012

Dr. Patricia Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media at American University, will close the Mellon Digital Scholarship Speaker Series presented by the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental. Please come hear Patricia give a talk on her work on Fair Use at 7pm on Thursday, April 12th in Mosher 1. Patricia has been invited to help conclude our Digital Scholarship Symposium, featuring work done by faculty participants in our 2011 Mellon Digital Scholarship Institute, because her work developing fair use codes of best practices for remixers, educators, and librarians marks and important intervention into the culture of fear surrounding copyright law.

Refreshments will follow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research where you can further engage Patricia and get to know our ...

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November 15, 2011

I'm cross-posting this entry from my personal blog, primarily because it describes one of the digital, self-reflexive assignments I designed for my fall CSP course on fandom and participatory culture.  Comments/thoughts are welcome, especially from others thinking about or currently implementing similar projects!


No blogging for me for the past couple of months, as I've been teaching my freshman core course on Fandom and Participatory Culture at Occidental College, and generally getting settled in my new corner of #alt-ac in the ...

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November 7, 2011

Alex Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College, will launch the Mellon Digital Scholarship Speaker Series presented by the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental. Please come hear Alex give a talk on her work on FeministOnlineSpaces at 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 15th in the Morrison Lounge. Alex has been invited as our inaugural speaker because her recent work compellingly combines innovative pedagogical experiments with cutting-edge examples of multimodal scholarly communication.

In addition, we will also be hosting a Faculty High-Tech Happy Hour (5:30-7pm) at the Center for Digital Learning and Research where you can further engage Alex and get to know our ...

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June 23, 2011

Michael Wesch has worked with a group of his own students and a network of students from other institutions who submitted materials to re-visit the Vision of Students Today project that was so well received a few years ago. The original, now showing more than 4.5 million viewings on YouTube, used the affordances of the day to express a disconnect between students' educational experiences and the mediated conditions of their everyday lives.

The updated version pushes a bit further, using the affordances of HTML5 to visually present and annotate an engagement with the same topic. The result is not just a new re-mix of the video, or even a re-mix of a group of submissions from students around the country, but effectively a visual syllabus on the topic of...

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April 13, 2011

On Wednesday, April 13th, I had the opportunity to participate in an event coordinated by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Southern California. I spoke at the event, entitled Alternate Careers for Humanities Ph.D.s, about my own background, Occidental's CDLR, and academic employment possibilities beyond the tenure track. While the talk was explicitly conversational, some of the material discussed referred to materials in the following links.

CDLR at Occidental

Occidental College Center for Digital Learning and Research

Occidental Mellon Grant

Postdoctoral Postions for Humanists

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows


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January 21, 2011

The NEH's Office for Digital Humanities has posted some videos related to their most recent round of Start-up Grants. These videos provide a glimpse into some interesting individual projects, and are collectively a great introduction and overview of the state of digital humanities work at the moment.

For more details on the projects, you can visit the NEH ODH announcement of the videos.

If you find yourself motivated by these projects, you can apply for your own ODH SUG grant

January 21, 2011

The NYT has highlighted a recent article in the journal Science that students who take "retrieval practice tests" have better recall of material than students who study with other methods. The study was small in scope and limited in its claims, so we shouldn't rush to test students at the end of each class period, but we might do well to think about how testing can fit in with active learning strategies and constructivist approaches. The NYT article frames a bit of a constructivist vs. testing approach, but Cathy Davidson (of Duke and HASTAC) does a nice job of explaining how testing might work well with progressive pedagogical ... Read More


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