Article: Possibly Impossible; Or, Teaching Undergraduates to Confront Digital and Archival Research Methodologies, Social Media Networking, and Potential Failure

digital humanities, Pedagogy, Publications, research

My newest article,  co-authored with Suzan Alteri, titled “Possibly Impossible; Or, Teaching Undergraduates to Confront Digital and Archival Research Methodologies, Social Media Networking, and Potential Failure” is available in Issue 14 of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.  Issue 14 is a Themed Issue on Teaching & Research with Archives.

The Table of Contents is available here: https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/table-of-contents-issue-fourteen/

Abstract

This article details an undergraduate student research project titled “The Possibly Impossible Research Project,” a collaborative effort between the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida and the Writing and Communication Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The article outlines the pedagogy behind a multimodal digital research project that provided Georgia Tech students with in-depth instruction into archival research processes while improving the Baldwin’s annotated bibliography. The article then details the process of teaching the course and how students responded to the project both during and after the course. This assignment also offered students an opportunity to uncover and make meaning as researchers in their own right, and to distribute that new knowledge through public facing digital platforms such as Twitter and Wikipedia. The authors conclude that the collaborative project had meaningful impacts on the undergraduate students, the course instructor, the curator of the Baldwin Library, and the larger academic community; further, it can serve as a model for engaging undergraduate students with archival research, analysis, and dissemination. This article outlines the assignment in detail, including the interactive digital scaffolding assignments. The article cites student research journal tweets and final reflective portfolio essays to demonstrate the successful fulfillment of the student learning outcomes.

Exhibit: Communication Through Art

children's literature, Pedagogy, Picture Books, Service

Student work from my Spring 2018 course “The History and Rhetoric of Science Writing for Children” is currently on display on the first floor of Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

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Code4Lib Presentation: “The Possibly Impossible Research Project”

digital humanities, Pedagogy, Presentations, research

I am presenting today at Code4LibSE 2018 @ The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. My presentation today is on a project I completed with my Spring 2018 Georgia Tech course on the History and Rhetoric of Science Writing for Children.

Presentation Slides: “The Possibly Impossible Research Project”: Using Digital Research and Social Media to Teach Archival Research Methods

Text Only Version of Presentation Script

 

Gallery Talk: Golden Legacy Exhibit

children's literature, Picture Books, Presentations, research

Gallery Talk: Children’s Literature, Illustration, and Collecting Books

Discover insights into children’s literature, understand illustration styles, and learn how book collections are curated, featuring four local panelists. Free.

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00pm
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

I’ll be talking specifically about the creation and marketing of the Golden Book series and their role in the landscape of children’s literature today.

Gallery Talk July 11

CHLA 2018: The Handbook for Mortals and the Muddy Waters of YA Best Seller Status

Presentations, research, YA Literature

This year at CHLA in San Antonio, Texas I am making two presentations.

On Friday, June 29 at 11:00 am, I am participating in Panel 3B: The Syllabus Exchange. I will be presenting on Multimodal Assignments and talking about my most recent course, The History and Rhetoric of Science Writing for Children.

If you attended but were unable to take a copy of my handout home with you, please feel free to download a copy here:

CHLA 2018 Syllabus Swap Handout: Multimodal Assignments

On Saturday, June 30 at 3:30pm in the June Cummins room, I will be presenting a conference paper entitled “The Handbook for Mortals and the Muddy Waters of YA Best Seller Status.” If an attempt to make my presentation more accessible, please feel free to take a look at the complete PPT slide deck and the text version of my talk, available below.

Presentation Script (Text only version)

Handbook Muddy Waters PowerPoint Presentation

I hope to see you in San Antonio!

Celebrate Teaching Day 2018

Pedagogy, Presentations

This year, for Georgia Tech’s Celebrate Teaching Day, I chose to focus on using social media (i.e. Twitter) to create a public-facing research journal. This exercise was a part of a larger unit asking students to research possibly impossible materials on 19th century female authors of science texts for children, in co-operation with the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. For more on this assignment, please see the entry for this course in my teaching portfolio.

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Georgia Tech Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

digital humanities, Pedagogy, Service

As co-chair of the Curricular Innovation Committee in the Writing and Communication Program, I am helping to organize and plan the campus wide Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on March 3 from 10am-2pm.

For more information you can follow us on Twitter (@WCP_Innovation) or view the Facebook page.

Georgia Tech Daily Digest article

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Demystifying Wikipedia Workshop

digital humanities, Pedagogy, Service

In preparation for the campus-wide Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon on March 3, the Curricular Innovation Committee is hosting a workshop on “Demystifying Wikipedia: Understanding the Logic of How Wikipedia Works” on Thursday, February 16 from 11:00-11:50 am in the Stephen C. Hall building, room 103.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Andy Famiglietti, will talk us through how to work with Wikipedia, both in the classroom and as a part of scholarship/service work.

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Presentation at MLA 2018

Presentations, research

I will be presenting on the 2018 MLA Panel 314 titledBlended Learning: Balancing Social Media and Face-to-Face Pedagogies.” The panel is sponsored by the HEP* Teaching as a Profession and will take place on Friday, January 5, 2018, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Chelsea Room, Sheraton.

My paper “Better Learning through Hashtags: Building Community and Improving Discussion with Twitter” will discuss productive ways to integrate Twitter into composition and English classroom practices; it will cover both general best practice guidelines and specific examples of successful activities, based on a case-study course taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016 and 2017. This presentation will argue that as a classroom tool, Twitter can be used to improve comprehension, expand peer-to-peer interaction, reinforce active learning, and introduce multimodal forms of class participation. Well-designed Twitter assignments and activities can expand students’ spheres of interaction beyond the physical classroom and into a digital social media environment. This presentation will discuss the potential of “livetweeting” as a framework for student active learning work that embraces the interactive and collaborative nature of Twitter as a social media platform.

My Powerpoint is available here: MLA2018_BetterLearningThroughHashtags