Tentative Monthly Workshop Schedule
Anatomy of Information and Introductions to fellows and partners
Before the workshop: Digital Self Assessment. Short Reading.
In the first meeting, the fellows will meet each other and the participating departmental sponsors, and will talk about their expectations for the program. We will also help to situate the skills the fellows will develop within a broader framework of the dynamics and politics of information so that students will be poised to think critically about notions of authority, authorship, and objectivity within technologies of information across time and disciplines. This will also include a show and tell of models of successful projects to inspire ideas for the shared project.
Anatomy of Technology
An understanding of the basics of web architecture will help the students become knowledgeable users of both scholarly and popular content, even if they have never created anything. In this workshop, students will learn about the basic components of the web, and how they fit together: What is a server? How does content get on the internet? What is a Database? What is a content management system? How are websites designed, and how do decisions about design and architecture affect project outcomes?
Outcomes: Fellows will have created a website from installation. They will also have changed some of the styling through CSS and a small piece of functionality. They will also be ready to begin using Wordpress.
Before the Workshop: Describe project goals; list outcomes; what success looks like for your project. Sign up for asana.com account. Watch Asana videos.
Before undertaking the technology portion of their work, students will learn techniques for managing large projects. They will gain skills and strategies for managing project goals, allocating resources, and using time. They will also participate in group exercises to develop workplans that will help them make best use of the remainder of the fellowship.
Outcomes: Fellows will finish this workshop with clear goals for the year, with plans that outline the steps they will need to take, and with the ability to use a few key tools for project management.
Managing Data & Information
Managing information, whether it includes personal photos, archival collections, bibliographic citations, or research data is an increasingly valuable skill. In this workshop, students will gain facility with principles of describing and managing data for both their academic and non-academic interests.
Outcomes: Fellows will have used Excel to manage numeric data in various ways (including for simple mapping and visualizations) and zotero for citation, and will have strategies for creating meaningful and useful descriptions of their data for better file management.
Design and Media
The scholarly and popular landscapes are increasingly multimedia, with complex images, video and sound available. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of creating and manipulating images in Photoshop, and in making simple video content. They will also learn about tools available for further learning in this area.
Outcomes: Fellows will have created photos, videos or other multimedia content to support their overall project. They will also have designed a look and feel for their final project.
Copyright, Privacy and Terms of Service
Participation in the scholarly community requires adherence to a set of norms for the attribution and use of other people's ideas. Norms of attribution are complemented in the outside world by copyright, patent and trademark laws regulating the ways that content can be shared. In this workshop, students will explore issues around the use of other people's work in their own creations, and how they can control the use or re-use of their own work. They will also consider how the ideas of information ownership interact with their own private information as they agree to terms of service for various applications.
Outcomes: Fellows will understand citation practices and tools, and will have learned about legal sources for rights-free and light-rights audio, video and text. They will also have a basic understanding of fair use, open access, and copyright.
Tailoring content and design to a specific audience is a key feature of digital scholarship, and a valuable skill for the job market. Whether students are writing for an exhibit online or in a gallery; for twitter, for an application, or a for resume, the tone of their approach, and the style of their writing should be appropriate to their audience. In this workshop, we will lead the group through the practice of writing about their topics for a variety of audiences, and will review the norms associated with a variety of social media forms of communication.
Outcomes: Fellows will have produced versions of their content for a variety of audiences, and have accounts of their work appropriate to a variety of contexts. They will also have a clearer conception of the requirements of appropriate resume, cover letter and application content.
At the final meeting, the Fellows will present their work to guests. They will show the image, audio, video, and web content they have created, and they will talk through ideas for how they might incorporate these tools into their future. And we'll / they'll celebrate their success.