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New Media Showcase on ScholarlyCommons: Highlights!

Last October, we introduced the ScholarlyCommons New Media Showcase, a repository of exceptional student work created using new media (like videos, comic books, images, posters, maps, and web projects). ScholarlyCommons is open access and allows us to share student work on a local, national, and global level. In fact, the front page of ScholarlyCommons has a map which shows downloads in real-time! You can see student work downloaded by users globally (be careful, it can be addicting to watch!).


When our Digital Literacy and Research Librarian, Vickie Karasic, asked if I would like to help with the creation of the New Media Showcase by talking to students and uploading their work, I was thrilled. My favorite part of working at WIC is supporting students through technology workshops, course interactions, contests, and one-on-one consultations. The New Media Showcase is an extension of this support–we now get to show off student work to the rest of the world! The showcase is robust and growing, but today I am going to highlight some of the excellent work from each showcase category: Comics, Images, Posters, Videos, and Web Projects.

Comics: Adventures with Austin by Katharine Cunningham

Our Comics section is popular, and Katharine Cunningham’s Adventures with Austin is a big hit. This comic won 2nd prize in Penn Libraries’ Comic Book Contest in 2009.

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Sheng created this image for the Got Visual? Poster Contest in 2010. Penn Libraries and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center sponsored this contest to promote visual literacy on campus. Sheng created this image based on four guiding questions:

  1. What does learning mean to you?
  2. How does learning happen?
  3. What helps learning happen?
  4. Where does learning take place?

Sheng hand drew this image using a tablet. If you are interested in trying something similar, come check out our Cintiq tablet in the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

Poster by Jiali Sheng.
Poster by Jiali Sheng.

Posters: Is Feminism Still Relevant? by Madeleine Stevens

Madeleine Stevens’ poster, Is Feminism Still Relevant?, has been downloaded globally a total of 165 times since February 2015! She created this poster for the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Key visual elements:

  • Cloud-like image formation
  • Central box to highlight main problem
  • Predominance of red, white, and blue colors

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Videos: WE by Mengxi Cissy Tan

Mengxi Cissy Tan won 1st prize for her video, WE, in the 2014 Video Contest sponsored by WIC. In this video, Tan tells a story from her childhood in her native language.

Web Projects: Coastal Zones by Gavriela Reiter

Gavriela Reiter created a beautiful web project using Piktochart. Created for Alain Plante’s ENVS 400 course in Spring 2015, Reiter creatively uses images to illustrate statistics.

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This is only a small sampling of the incredible student work we showcase on ScholarlyCommons, and we are adding new work as quickly as it comes in. Please take some time to peruse the site and see what your fellow students are up to! The showcase is another step in WIC’s 10-year history of supporting students.

Are you interested in seeing your own work published for the world to see? Fill out our permission form!


Announcement: Student Work now featured on ScholarlyCommons New Media Showcase


Did you know that the Commons celebrates student work online in addition to supporting it here in our study spaces? You may remember reading about Rosie Frasso’s student projects such as Catrice’s post on Fear and Safety and Anu’s post on Pressure Release. These and other success stories are now part of library archives.

To add to the awesome, we are now displaying the results of this research on our New Media Showcase on Penn’s ScholarlyCommons platform. ScholarlyCommons is an open access institutional repository sharing the works of Penn faculty, staff, and students on a local, national, and global level. Here at WIC we were excited to get involved in showcasing some of the student work we see each semeseter–students have created videos, comic books, images, posters, maps, and web projects over the years and WIC staff loves supporting these projects through course interactions, open contests, and however else we can! The New Media Showcase is our next step in continuing this evolution. Learn more by watching this short video by Vickie Karasic to explain our Showcase.

Want to see your work on ScholarlyCommons? Faculty and students can nominate work to be considered in our Showcase! Please fill out this Google Form to submit entries and view our extended permission form.

Head over to the New Media Showcase to check out the research itself.

CAMRA Media Festival – Feb 24

This guest post by Arjun Shankar describes Penn CAMRA’s upcoming media festival, which includes an afternoon panel about our experiences with Lisa Mitchell’s South Asia Studies classes:

We are really excited to let everyone know about Penn CAMRA’s first annual media festival, on Feb 24 from 12pm to 7pm at Annenberg School for Communication.  CAMRA, a media pedagogy lab, is a new collective of professors, graduate, and undergraduate students on campus which focuses on the use of film and other media technologies – web platforms, social media, etc – towards university learning and research.  We know that university learning is currently at a crossroads: we’re all still reading and writing in classrooms even though most students on campus, including all of us, are immersed in video and web technology when outside of the classroom.  We are extremely interested in working with anyone who wants to learn the technical aspects of these diverse media, how to integrate them into classroom learning, or how to infuse such technologies into research.  The media festival will bring together members of the Penn community and scholars from around the country to begin these discussions in earnest. We really look forward to seeing you all as we begin to create a strong community on campus!

CNI announces video about WIC

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) has just released a video of the project briefing that Renee Hobbs and I gave at their Fall 2011 membership meeting. The hour-long video includes discussion of the Mashup Contest, student work showcase and integration of video projects in different disciplines. Our presentation materials are online, and I wanted to thank Nancy Bellafante now at Drexel University for her assistance with our Prezi.

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Student Work Showcase – please explore!

I am so happy to announce our searchable student work showcase created by Leslie Vallhonrat and Kate Atkins at the Penn Libraries web unit. Each year, we post student work on the WIC website – contest entries (mashup, Sparky, other) and course showcases – and get comments from faculty and students that it is hard to find an item without already knowing where to look. It’s also difficult to find winners in a long list of  contest entries.

The new search-filter-and-sort webpage makes it easy to explore the creative works of many Penn students. The showcase lists only the contest winners and works selected by faculty as noteworthy in the context of a course they taught. Most, but by no means all, of these works were created here at the Weigle Information Commons. WIC promotes students’ creativity and development of digital literacy skills by offering course-specific support as well as sponsoring new media contests.

You can search by year of creation, by type of project (poster, video, comic book, google map, etc.), or by student or faculty name. I noticed improvement in clip and audio editing in videos across just a few years. Enjoy, and let us know your favorites!

My favorite is Video+Poem+Painting, the 2009 video mashup winner by Will Strasser. In my opinion, this is a work of art, and as such, it makes me uncomfortable and pushes me to think more deeply.

Will describes the video’s theme and purpose, “Whether in Classical mythology, Renaissance painting, 20th century poetry or modern music videos, depictions of suffering have never ceased to captivate audiences. I aim to juxtapose these depictions in order to highlight ways they have changed and ways that they remain the same, identifying something inherent to the human condition.” His video interview provides context for his work.