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Saturday, October 29 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
#w1: The College Course (of all things!) as the Basic Unit of Exchange in Collaborative Digital Scholarship Between Institutions

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The College Course (of all things!) as the Basic Unit of Exchange in Collaborative Digital Scholarship Between Institutions
Christopher Gilman and Jacob Alden Sargent (Occidental College)

In the 2013-14 academic year, Occidental College launched a media display and web-based content sharing system called Global Crossroads. The centerpiece of a major campus renovation, the display system comprises 10 video screens, which are distributed in a 2-story media wall. It allows students, faculty, and staff of the College to author multimedia scholarly projects comprised of individual content resources.

At our BUDSC15 panel presentation “Who’s Listening? Creating Intentional Publics” we received strong interest in developing capacity for sharing and deploying the Global Crossroads system at other institutions. This led to a pilot of an inter-institutional course collaboration with Heidi Knoblauch at Bard College and subsequent working group to convene at this summer’s ILiADS conference at Hamilton College.

We propose a “works in progress” session to further develop inter-institutional collaboration by focusing on ways the Global Crossroads system, as well as other platforms, can be a means for sharing scholarly content across institutions, using the course, rather than a digital project, as the basic unit of connection. We situate this approach within a more general provocation: student work within digital projects is often either too constrained to be meaningful as a form of intellectual expression, or it lacks the sophistication to be presented to wide audiences. In addition, projects require work flows and management processes that add a layer of complexity to curriculum design; and idiosyncratic course structures make iterative improvements in digital pedagogy difficult.

We suggest that inter-institutional collaborations may be fostered by focusing on inquiry-based course collaborations around the collection and analysis of primary digital resources shared between institutions with common course goals, student learning activities and work products. Our presentation is intended to solicit interest in further collaboration on designing a unified template for an inquiry-based course involving undergraduate research in the curriculum, the fundamental elements of which would include: topic constraints, source materials, methods of inquiry, and sequenced processes of critical analysis and production.


Christopher Gilman

Occidental College
Chris Gilman is Associate Director for Design + Development in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts, and Affiliated Faculty in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at Occidental College. He has a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures and a BA in Russian studies. His professional... Read More →

Jacob Alden Sargent

Occidental College
Jacob Alden Sargent is an Associate Director for Instruction and Research in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts at Occidental College.

Saturday October 29, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Walls Lounge 2nd Floor, ELC

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