Workshop Schedule: Winter 2010

Digital Video Project Management, or What it Takes to Design a Successful Digital Video Assignment
Noon to 1:00 PM. Tues, March 9: Pettigrew 115.
Noon to 1:00 PM. Tues, March 16: Pettigrew 115.
Come to this workshop to learn how to incorporate a digital video project into your course syllabus. We will walk you through the entire process, clearly explaining how and when to initiate a project with a reasonable time-line for doing so. Curricular video projects can vary greatly in scope, aim and complexity: we will introduce the physical resources that are available at Bates in order to help you make your choice.   Learn how to guide your students through the process of planning, storyboarding, filming, editing, and cutting the actual video. Pick up a useful checklist for engaging the aid of Bates’s media services at technologically crucial moments of the process. Last but not least, get tips on valuable resources to help you evaluate the materials your students create.

Introducing GIS
Noon to 1:00 PM. Fri, March 12: Coram Computing Lab
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool for manipulating and conveying spatial information.  Besides facilitating the production of clear and informative maps of terrestrial locations (and a variety of physical spaces), a GIS can quantify and variously represent physical geography (e.g., measure topography in three dimensions) as well as cultural geography or environments (e.g. indicate concentrations of non-English language speakers in Maine or map flora and fauna ranges in New England) leading to new opportunities for analysis and understanding. This workshop will introduce the tool by exploring the uses of GIS on campus.

Are You a Talker?  Using Digital Audio in Lyceum
Noon to 1:00 PM. Tues, March 16: Hathorn 208
The use of online audio content has boomed as our faculty discover how digital audio helps with a range of classroom activities (e.g., oral discussion or presentations) and provides new ways to target specific student skill sets (e.g., musical passage or linguistic analysis).  This workshop will introduce a number of teaching strategies that incorporate audio content into your Lyceum courses.  Among other topics, we will cover: rehearsing class presentations; creating pronunciation and/or listening drills; building an audio glossary; and giving spoken feedback to written work.

Teaching with the Sympodium
Noon to 1 PM.  Friday, March 26: Hathorn 208
Over the past several years, Bates has quietly installed specialized computer monitors in most classrooms. These so-called Sympodiums are digital tablets equipped with specialized styluses that allow users to write over any content displayed on the monitor. Sympodium software further allows users to capture the annotated screens and to save them in a variety of dynamic and static formats (such as video or PDF). This hands-on workshop will demonstrate this versatile tool and explore the various ways it can be used in your classes.

Teaching with Second Life
Noon to 1:00 PM. Tues, April 6: Hathorn 208
This workshops provides an opportunity to learn about the curricular uses of Second Life (http://secondlife.com/) — a free online virtual world created by its users-residents. Second Life has gained a following in many academic programs and institutions across the globe, but its potential as a teaching and learning tool remains largely untapped. This session will consider some of the more promising areas of inquiry afforded by the virtual world, especially for those disciplines that engage cultural studies, the dynamics of social formation, or language acquisition and learning.

Mapping the Humanities with Mashups
Noon to 1:00 PM. Friday, April 9: Coram Computing Lab
A “mashup” is a techno-colloquial term for an application or website that combines and re-purposes data from multiple existing sources.  Their uses in education are wide ranging:  map mashups, for example, combine spatial data and in-depth textual and graphical annotations of places or features.  The result is a multi-layered, multi-representational map.  At their best, mashups allow students to engage with their material in new ways not only by providing geographical clarity but also by enabling new analysis of the resultant cultural contexts.  This workshop will give an overview of mapping mashups and provide some examples of mashups in curricular settings.

Collaborating in the Clouds: Introducing Google Apps
Noon to 1:00 PM. Friday, April 16: Coram Computing Lab
Google has developed and provides for free an online suite of software applications and website development tools that commonly go by the name of Google Apps. Google Apps are one of the best known examples of Cloud Computing: applications that allow individuals or groups to create, edit and store files over the web and to access these files from any computer connected to the Internet.  This workshop will focus on two components of Google Apps: Google Docs and Google Sites, which allow for the collaborative creation of word processing documents and web sites.