March 23rd, 2014 § § permalink
Links for my (brief) project introduction at our Association of Asian Studies Roundtable on Saturday, March 29th, entitled “Charting the Digital in Asian Studies: Promises, Realities, and the Future of Teaching and Research”:
TaipingCivilWar.org — the website created by my sophomore methods colloquium at the University of Mary Washington (Fall 2013)
History 297 – course website associated for methods colloquium (see for syllabus, etc.)
“Reworking the Methods Course” – see for a summary review of the course at its conclusion (and see ongoing posts at this same Detour Ahead blog for discussion of a new version of the course for next fall, one that focuses on the Boxer Uprising.)
“Mapping the Taiping Civil War” – Ryan Brazell, UMW’s talented instructional technology expert who assisted me in both website design and in classroom workshops, offers his own extended blog post on the technical tools and approaches used for the map component of the website. I highly recommend his very helpful post for anyone thinking of jumping in…
Looking for examples of other sites where students are engaged in knowledge creation for a public audience? Jeffrey McClurken (Professor of History, UMW) offered an excellent workshop at the 2014 American Historical Association annual meeting this past January. His own website offers his slide presentation on “Digital History in the Undergraduate Curriculum” as well as his full set of links for the workshop.
April 4th, 2013 § § permalink
“A Construction Engineer’s Thoughts on the Sichuan Earthquake” blog post by “Book Blade” – link [accessed 31 March 2013]
Nanking Massacre Project – Special Collections, Yale Divinity School Library – http://www.library.yale.edu/div/Nanking/
Ai Weiwei on Twitter (Chinese): @aiww (English): @aiwwenglish
“Who’s Afraid of Ai WeiWei” — Frontline documentary (PBS)
Fan Xiao, “Did the Zipingpu Dam Trigger China’s 2008 Earthquake: The Scientific Case,” Probe International. (.pdf)
May 3rd, 2011 § § permalink
In a recent brainstorming session for a panel on global studies that we’re organizing for UMW’s upcoming Faculty Academy, Joe Calpin tossed out a simple question, namely “How can we bring what’s happening over there over here?”
Deceptively simple, this question seems the perfect starting point and will be the focus for our panel discussion. We’re interested in exchanging ideas about digital resources, methods of approach, curriculum development, and more.
Some starting questions:
– What digital resources have we found for global studies — and for studies (sometimes phrased, albeit awkwardly, as “glocal”) that link our own sites and economies of being to the world beyond — whether in the social sciences, humanities, language study, environmental sciences, or other fields of inquiry…?
– In what ways can we use these resources? E.g., as elements of curriculum, for research (undergrad and beyond), global networking, others? Methods of approach?
– Are there particular challenges that we encounter in the use of these tools? Ways to identify, address, and/or make those challenges part of the project itself?
– Where do we go next?
If you’re interested in learning more or joining the discussion at next week’s event, feel free to drop me a line: sfernseb [at] umw [dot] edu.
May 11th, 2010 § § permalink
UMW’s Faculty Academy returns this week with its ever-creative exchanges on the topic of scholarly and curricular endeavors that utilize digital tools. I’ll be participating in a discussion panel that Jeff McClurken (who is devoting himself to no less than four panels and discussions, as rumor has it…) has generously organized.
Titled “Digital Fluency, Online Communication, History and American Studies: One Department’s Engagement with Social Media and Pedagogy,” our panel will dig into issues related to the meaning of “digital fluency,” its relevance to curriculum in our own fields and courses, and the ways in which its scope encompasses broader issues including assessment, departmental outreach, and more…
A list of the links I’ll be highlighting in my own talk:
wordpress (also via umwblogs)
FSEM: Toys as History course (Blogging assignment page)
Chinese History Sources website (under construction)
Chinese History Sources zotero page (under construction)
And the questions? A starting point may be the simple question of what is “digital fluency”? Is the term useful? What are the ambitions that it – or an alternate vision – should represent or encompass?
March 9th, 2010 § § permalink
Links shared in my presentation for the DTLT UMW Blogs Web 2.0 Kickoff Forum (3.10.10):
“Toys as History” 1st Year Seminar course blog: http://toysashistory09.umwblogs.org/
Chinese History Sources Site (work in progress):
a. Introduction to the Project – http://detourahead.umwblogs.org/2009/08/29/sources-in-chinese-history-a-course-and-site-for-undergrads/
b. Chinese History Sources Site (under construction) – http://chinesehistorysources.umwblogs.org/
UMW History Department News Site — http://home.umwhistory.org/
Personal Web Site: http://susanfernsebner.org/