Apply to participate in Re:humaities DH Conference :: Deadline: January 1, 2015

For all undergraduates interested in Digital Humanities, there is a very exciting opportunity coming up to get more involved in the field, have your work showcased, and meet other undergrads and professors who share your DH interests:

Re:Humanities is the first national digital humanities conference of, for, and by undergraduates, now in its fifth year. The conference’s theme for this year is “Save, Share, Self-Destruct.” It is orgarnized by Re:Hum Working Group, comprised of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges. The group seeks undergraduates who engage with contemporary currents in digital humanities, scholars who both apply digital methodologies in traditional humanities research while posing critical questions about those technologies. As the only national DH conference run by and for students, Re:Humanities explores all aspects of digital scholarship through multimodal approaches.  The conference, this year at Swarthmore College, will take place from April 9-10, 2015.

The group invites all Penn undergrads (especially those interested in Digital Humanities) to submit a proposal on criticisms or projects at all stages. The submission deadline is January 1, 2015 (Midnight GMT).

Please come and talk to us if you need help developing or carrying out an idea.  This is a very exciting opportunity and our staff at WIC would be excited to make appointments and help you with whichever project you choose.

Proposals that are concerned with but not limited to the following are encouraged:

* Criticism of new media technologies and practices

* Archiving of personal and academic texts and literatures through new technologies and media

* Collaboration and solidarity in the digital humanities

* Hybrid practices, interdisciplinary media, and subversion of cultural and political norms

* Intersections between academic research and a public audience

* Public preservation of histories and cultures

* Risk, trial, and error in new media

* Privacy: digital footprints, cloud storage, and Big Data

* Self-destructing data and Do Not Track technology

* Identity as shaped by excessive information or data deprivation

Explore some of our resources here at WIC, on Student Work Showcase, Demystifying the Digital Humanities, Playing Games with Metadata, and the Penn Humanities Forum for ideas.

For updates, stay connected on Twitter, Facebook  and check out the video from last year’s event

Hoesley Networking Mixer

Hoesley Networking Dinner
Hoesley students and WIC staff gather at a networking dinner.

We learned about each other’s career aspirations at the Hoesley Networking Mixer on December 5. Students in this year’s cohort presented drafts of their professional websites, and gathered suggestions from administrators from around campus, including the WIC Program Partners Group. We reflected on the challenge of self-introductions in different contexts – What do you include? What do you emphasize? What do you skip over? How do you present yourself and judge the context you find yourself in? All these questions are important regardless of one’s age or years of experience.

Students had used WordPress and Squarespace for their sites, and experimented with photos, videos, 3D molecule models and musical interpretations. Seeing each other’s work on the big screen was inspirational! We look forward to our students publishing their websites in the months ahead.

Active and Collaborative Learning

Teaching social media tools in the Collaborative Classroom

Having researched learning spaces over the past couple of years, and having taught some active and collaborative workshops of my own in Van Pelt Library’s new Collaborative Classroom, I’ve become more interested in how faculty are using active learning classrooms (ALCs) to better engage students with each other and with course material. This semester, I was lucky enough to do a number of active-learning-related things: present about Penn Libraries’ Collaborative Classroom together with Sam Kirk at a local conference, travel to another university to learn about how their ALCs work, and observe active learning right here in our own Collaborative Classroom.

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Symposium 2014 Wrap-Up

slidersymposium2014This year’s Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium was a great success with over 130 attendees from all 12 schools at Penn! Our guiding question this year was: “How can technology empower our students, and us, as learners?” Students from all over Penn took our pre-Symposium “Make Your Voice Count!” survey, and their words helped guide discussions throughout the day.

Enjoying lunch in a WIC Data Diner Booth. Photo by Jaime Marie Estrada, WIC Social Media Intern.

We’ve captured the day via Storify and Flickr with lots of pictures and tweets for you to explore. Please check back soon for event videos and comments from attendants.

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Symposium a success!

The Most Important Keys on the Keyboard

command_sRemember to Save.  

Whether you’re typing up your research paper, editing a video, or putting the final touches on a PowerPoint presentation, don’t forget to save your work.

The funny thing is, all of us have been  hearing this our entire lives, and yet never a semester goes by without a few of our users losing hours of hard work simply because they didn’t save as they worked.

Remember to Save

  • If you’re on a Mac, like the ones in the Vitale Digital Media Lab, just type CMD-S
  • If you’re on a PC, it’s CTRL-S

It takes no time at all just to tap those 2 keys as you’re typing along.

If you’re using a program that offers it (like Microsoft Word or Adobe Premiere), you might also want to set the auto-save feature to save every 5-10 minutes—just in case.

Please, please, please:  Remember to Save  (I’m hoping if I say it enough, you’ll actually do it.   :)

(It’s also a really good idea to back up your work to another location, but that’s a topic for a different post)


Social Media, Privacy, and Your Brand

In September 2014, as part of many changes to come for their privacy program, Facebook began to roll out something called privacy checkups. It is a built-in feature that reminds you when you’re posting something publicly. There’s a pretty good tutorial about it here:

Read more after the jump…

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