We’re making some exciting changes to ETC programing this year. The Productive Scholar series is now our single public series of educational technology workshops that highlight the tools and methods that enable scholars to work more effectively in the the classroom and in their research analysis and organization. We will no longer offer Lunch & Learn as a separate series. Now as part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, we are planning to introduce a broad program of traveling technology and pedagogy workshops that will bring our events to scholars where they live. We will offer a menu of topical workshops available by request, which we will bring to individual academic departments with the aim of providing more sessions tailored to the academic interests of specific disciplines and areas of study.
The Productive Scholar: Writing on the Walls: annotation tools for digital projection and collaboration
Topic: Writing on the Walls: annotation tools for digital projection and collaboration
Speaker: Janet Temos
Time: Thursday, October 24, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne
Do you find yourself going back and forth between the classroom whiteboard/blackboard and your PowerPoint to write notes or diagram a problem? Can you and your students see that board adequately in the darkened room? When you lower the projection screen to show your class presentation, does it obscure the only place to write? Did you ever wish you had a blank page mid-lecture so you could diagram or sketch an idea that’s just occurred to you? At the end of your talk, does everyone whip out their cell phones to take a picture of the notes you’ve written on the board?
Interactive whiteboards can help combine digital presentations and manual annotations on a single screen by using digital ink for freehand notes and annotations. The annotations can then typically be saved and shared with an audience, or circulated for collaborative work. This talk will provide an overview of various hardware, software, and mobile solutions to make on-screen annotations spontaneous and easy.
Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center at Princeton. She is a member of the Princeton class of 1982, and received her PhD at Princeton in 2001. The ETC helps faculty use technology in teaching and research, and includes Training and Outreach as well as the New Media Center (NMC). We also offer consulting, training and outreach in educational technologies.
Topic: Introduction to Basic Text Analysis
Speaker: Ben Johnston
Time: Thursday, October 17, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne
This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to several tools useful for the analysis of text. AntConc, an easy-to-use but quite powerful concordance program, allows one to run sophisticated and detailed searches over a corpus, make comparisons of the textual characteristics of one text versus another, and to run collocation analyses. The online Voyant Tools offers a spectacular suite of tools for text analysis and includes visualizations of the results, providing an excellent entry point to text analysis. Tools for basic topic modeling and named-entity recognition will also be presented. For those curious about topic modeling, MALLET provides an easy way to get started. Finally, the Stanford Named-entity Recognizer (NER) is a tool for recognizing and tagging proper nouns, or entities, such as people, place names, or organizations in a text.
Speaker: Ben Johnston is Senior Educational Technologist and Manager at OIT’s Humanities Resource Center (HRC) in East Pyne, and Consultant for the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI). Ben has been involved with educational technology for over twelve years in positions at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, and Princeton University. While at Princeton, Ben has worked with educators and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research.
R is the de facto standard for statistical analysis in a wide range of disciplines such as computational biology, finance, sociology, political science and digital humanities. This two-part workshop will help participants to get started with R’s abilities, ranging from data structure to visualization. Designed for students without any programming experience, this course will better prepare you for introductory statistics courses and quantitative research at Princeton.
Dates: Monday, 10/21 - Part 1: Introductory Workshop in Statistical Computing with R
Tuesday, 11/12 - Part 2: Intermediate Workshop in Statistical Computing with R
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Lewis Science Library Building, Room to be announced
To Register for the workshop series, please fill out the registration form here. Or access the form via the QR code to the right. Limited space available!
Topic: Introduction to OpenScholar @ Princeton
Speaker: Angel Brady, Educational Technologist, Humanities Resource Center, OIT
Angel Brady, Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center, OIT, provided us with a guided tour of OpenScholar@Princeton, providing some background on the service and highlighting a number its capabilities.
Once upon a time, let’s say 2009, in a land not too far away, let’s call it Cambridge (Massachusetts, not England), members of Harvard University’s Institute of Quantitative Social Science created a service upon which they bestowed the name OpenScholar with the idea of changing how personal academic websites “are created, used, and managed.” According to its developers, the design of OpenScholar reflects the assumption “that scholars need modern, highly dynamic, full-featured websites, which can be created easily and managed with absolutely no technical skills, or special software.” (Scholars Web Sites Project Overview, 2010). For many of the scholars at the eleven institutions that have adopted it to date, it offers an accessible solution to the challenges of creating a professional online presence. For those seeking an relatively easy interface that affords a dynamic reflection of varied career, academic service, and individual and collaborative research pursuits, Open Scholar may be the answer. Continue reading