Recently, I had the privilege to present with Dr. Florence Feiereisen (Department of German) at the CTLR Writing and Teaching Retreat. We talked about digital tools that faculty can use in their classes to help students develop skills with those tools, and to help increase their sophistication with creative work and collaboration. Florence talked her Acoustic Ecology course, in which students created audio soundscapes to explore “the social, cultural, scientific, and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.” Assignments like this encourage students to develop their understanding of digital tools (beyond the tools they often uncritically use on a day-to-day basis) and give students a chance to exercise agency in their creative and scholarly work.
I briefly introduced five tools: WordPress, Omeka, Scalar, Voyant Tools, and hypothes.is. Most of the tools are available on MiddCreate and can be installed easily on faculty or students’ personal domains. Take a look at our slide deck (click the title slide below) to view descriptions and examples of each tool, along with links to example sites.
Learn more about each of the tools:
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