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The “Wired!” Teaching Project

Caroline Bruzelius, Sheila Dillon and Mark Olson
Art, Art History and Visual Studies

The “Wired!” course is a collaborative teaching program that tests the use of new visualization technologies for historical materials, especially in art, architecture, urbanism, and archaeology.

Mapping Self Identity

Merrill Shatzman; Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Using maps, visual symbols, typography, design and drawing, students in my ARTSVIS 169S : Mapping Self Identity course have created images that explore the use of digital media in combination with the fine art of silkscreen. By applying information gained through tutorial videos made to lead them through this unique intermixing of digital and analog processes, my students have created multiple responses to the concept of self-identity. Student projects included the creation of memory, route, historical, conceptual and contemporary maps, charting family traditions and oral history through mapping, by using these ideas as a point of departure in their creation of works of art. With digital prints, silkscreen prints and an artist book documenting their artistic and conceptual processes being the outcome of their visual discoveries, my presentation will explain their unique analog/digital journey, showing the interaction between these art making approaches and the resulting images.

Using Blogs to Make Texts Public

Christine Erlien, Thompson Writing Program

One of our initiatives in the Thompson Writing Program is to “make texts public.” We are working on doing that in a variety of ways, but one that speaks specifically to the use of instructional technology has been the participation of several of our faculty members in the WordPress pilot program. I think it would be valuable to share how writing instructors in a range of disciplines are using blogging software in their courses.

[CourseCast recording] or YouTube video (below)

Enhancing Physical Activity Courses Through Video Technology

Janis Hampton, Health, Wellness and Physical Education

The focus of this presentation will be on the use of video technology for teaching tennis activity courses in the Health, Wellness and Physical Education Department. Can the motor learning process be enhanced through personalized video? Information will include two different video cameras used, processes involved to create movie clips for students’ viewing in class for immediate feedback, as well as outside of class, benefits for the students, and examples of videos/movies. I will discuss my experience with in-office video editing and use of the Multimedia Project Studio, which allowed for more advanced video editing. This presentation will also include some student responses.

[CourseCast recording]

The Pleasures and Pains of Doing an Academic Podcast

Mark Goodacre, Religion

A discussion of the NT Pod, a podcast offering a historical approach to the New Testament and Christian Origins: how it began, how it evolved, its benefits outside the classroom and how it has been received.

Mapping Civil and Human Rights Activism

Barbara Lau, Pauli Murray Project, Duke Human Rights Center and Center for Documentary Studies

My presentation is about a project my students and I created last fall. We made a Google Map that located civil and human rights activism in Durham, NC. Each map point includes writing, images and in some cases audio documentary work. To be successful, students had to learn about Durham history, civil and human rights activism, google technology, documentary techniques and the Pauli Murray Project. Students were required to engage with the Durham community which they reported was very gratifying. The map can be viewed at www.paulimurrayproject.org. The project has been nominated for the Oliver W. Koonz Human Rights Prize.

[CourseCast recording]

Dance and Technology: In the classroom and beyond

Tyler Walters, Dance
Martin Brooke, Electrical and Computer Engineering

This presentation will include elements of the several Dance/Technology projects spearheaded by Professors Martin Brooke and Tyler Walters: an online ballet dictionary and syllabus for courses Dance 66: Ballet Fundamentals and Dance 68: Ballet I – how it has been used as a learning resource outside the classroom;  progress to date toward three dimensional dance archiving technology and explanation of its potential uses; and the incorporation of interactive dance technology into ECE 51: Microelectronic Circuit Design, and plans for future use of this technology in dance courses and student projects.

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