The Spring 2017 DIGITAL LIBERAL ARTS (DLA) Professional Activities Workshops, which will feature significant DLA programming, will be held on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 at Macalester College. As a cooperative initiative between Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Libraries, with support from the Mellon Foundation, the workshops are open to faculty from both Macalester and the University of Minnesota.

Although we anticipate being able to accommodate everyone who is interested in participating, we are asking interested faculty and staff to pre-register for their preferred Deep-Dive Track so that we can plan effectively. Participants are welcome to attend and may participate in as many or as few of the sessions as their interests and time allow.

A campus map may be found at Macalester Maps. All sessions will be in the Olin-Rice Science Center, adjacent to the South Parking Lot off of Snelling Ave.

Below is the DLA Workshop Schedule.
UMN participants may sign up for the workshop here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017                                                                                                    
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Essential Questions for Digital Project Design
Thinking about tackling a new digital project? Want to introduce a digital project or component in one of your courses? This session will introduce some of the essential questions that you should consider as you think about how to design your project or syllabus, select appropriate digital tools, identify your audience and its needs, line up collaborators, and tackle issues of funding and technical support.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Digital Liberal Arts Deep Dive

Track Track I:  Inside an Open Educational Resource Initiative: Deconstructing the Grenzenlos Deutsch projectPresenters:  Britt Abel (German Studies) and Ron Joslin (Library)
Have you heard of open educational resources (OER) but are not quite sure whether you should be paying attention to all the hype growing around them? Maybe you are interested in exploring the use of OER in your classroom but have more questions than answers at this point? Are you intrigued by the idea of creating interactive online activities to use with your students? In this workshop, Britt Abel (German Studies) and Ron Joslin (Library) will provide a brief introduction to OER and discuss some of the key issues to think about when exploring the use of OER most effectively. Britt will demonstrate the Grenzenlos Deutsch project, an open first-year German language and culture curriculum that she is developing with a colleague, before actually breaking this project down into its parts: she’ll talk about the process and teach participants how to use the technology involved during this hands-on workshop. Ron will share the support resources being developed by the Library for faculty interested in developing OER for use in their classroom. You will walk away from this workshop with a better understanding of the process involved in creating OER, an opportunity to discover what open educational resources are currently available within your discipline, and will get hands-on experience with the some of the tools available to mix interactive and multimedia content for your own courses.

Track II:  Sow and Grow: The History Harvest Process
Presenters:  Rebecca Wingo (History & CST) and Jennifer Arnold (History & Computer Science Major, ‘19)
The History Harvest is a community-based, student-driven archive project. Over the course of a semester, History Harvest students partner with a community group to run a history event in which members of the community bring artifacts of significance, artifacts that tell their story. Students record community members as they tell stories about their artifacts. Students then digitize the objects for an online archive, and the community members take their items back home. This one-day event is a bit like Antiques Roadshow, except everything is valuable. Back in the classroom, students edit the audio, establish metadata for the items, and upload the items to Omeka, an archival content management system. During this workshop, you will run your own mini-Harvest and learn all the skills you need to teach your own History Harvest next year.

TRACK III: Deconstructing SCOTUSnotes: Building a Crowdsourced Digital Project with Zooniverse
Presenters: Day 1: Day 1: Kevin Ehrman-Solberg (Ph.D. Candidate in Geography, UMN), Ryan Bean (Reference and Outreach Archivist for the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, UMN), and Benjamin Wiggins (Program Director of Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities, Affiliated Assistant Professor of History, UMN); Day 2: Timothy Johnson (Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Law, UMN)
Understanding how Supreme Court Justices' private discussions of cases affects their decisions has been difficult if not impossible because there is no public record of these proceedings. Several past justices kept personal notes of what they and their colleagues said during conference--an incredible record of some 50,000 hand-written pages. To tackle the herculean task of transcribing this remarkable material, Prof. Timothy Johnson and his team have paired with Zooniverse.org, the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers—hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. 

On Day 1, participants will get a hands-on introduction to the basics of crafting a digital project that asks average people to categorize and transcribe images and text. All participants will get to work with the Zooniverse "Project Builder" and by the end of the session they will have their very own functional "workflow" in the platform. 

On Day 2 of this workshop, Prof. Johnson will walk participants through the process of designing the project, guide participants through the proc

Track IV:  Capturing and Mapping Social Media Data Using TwitterPresenters:  Eric Shook (Assistant Professor of Geography, Environment, & Society, Univ. of Minnesota)
This Session is Now Full

This workshop will discuss and decompose multiple projects for mapping and making sense of social media data ranging from public response to Superstorm Sandy and the US Presidential Election in 2012 to Ebola in 2014 to major risk events now. Dr. Shook will discuss the exciting prospects and daunting challenges of working with social media data using Twitter, a leading social media platform.  In the hands-on portion of the workshop, participants will learn the basic methods for collecting, filtering, and mapping social media data.  Participants will learn different ways to collect Twitter data, examine data that are embedded in each social media post, and map them using simple pre-written Python programs in the open-source web-application, Jupyter Notebooks. No programming experience or specialized software is necessary to participate in this workshop
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Break
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Deep Dive Tracks

Track I:  Inside an Open Educational Resource Initiative: Deconstructing the Grenzenlos Deutsch project

Track II:  Sow and Grow: The History Harvest Process

Track III:  Deconstructing SCOTUSnotes: Building a Crowdsourced Digital Project with Zooniverse

Track IV:  Capturing and Mapping Social Media Data Using Twitter
Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Coffee
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Deep Dive Tracks

Track I:  Inside an Open Educational Resource Initiative: Deconstructing the Grenzenlos Deutsch project

Track II:  Sow and Grow: The History Harvest Process

Track III:  Deconstructing SCOTUSnotes: Building a Crowdsourced Digital Project with Zooniverse

Track IV:  Capturing and Mapping Social Media Data Using Twitter
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Deep Dive Tracks

Track I:  Inside an Open Educational Resource Initiative: Deconstructing the Grenzenlos Deutsch project

Track II:  Sow and Grow: The History Harvest Process

Track III:  Deconstructing SCOTUSnotes: Building a Crowdsourced Digital Project with Zooniverse

Track IV:  Capturing and Mapping Social Media Data Using Twitter
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Campus Support Services and Next Steps
What support services exist on your campus?  Join your colleagues and professional staff for a conversation about the services and support available to you as you consider next steps on your digital projects.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Break
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Deep Dive Tracks Report Out