Presentations of Drafts

1) Don’t make any changes to your draft sites until we give you the go-ahead.

2) Next week — Presentations (10 minute formal presentation, with 5-10 minutes for Q&A and comments for each group ).

April 8, Wednesday: UNC Asheville, U.Va. Wise, and Midwestern

April 10, Friday: Alberta Augustana, Minnesota Morris, and New College Fla.

3) Drs. Pearson and McClurken will provide written comments to each group.

4) Revisions to the site will need to be made by April 22.

5) Each team will get an assigned site for a final proofreading session.

6) Each  team will make final changes to their site based on those final proofreading and comments from Drs. Pearson and McClurken

Changes

tl;dr version: Jeff got a new job.

As of May, I will have been chair of the Department of History and American Studies for six years.  In that time, I’ve published a monograph, been promoted to full professor, published several articles/essays, presented at over 40 conferences and workshops, and served on countless committees and review boards on and off campus.

But I am particularly proud of my department over the same time: over 1/3 of my colleagues have been awarded tenure, they have published 5 books (and counting), 35+ scholarly articles & book chapters, & 30 reviews/short essays served on 45 professional organization committees, including as book series editors/members of editorial boards, as conference program or book prize reviewers, & as officers (including two presidents) of professional organizations, they have presented at hundreds of conferences, and served as at least as many committee years. We have established a program that has a two-semester methods class and integrates concepts of digital identity and digital fluency more deeply than any other history and American Studies program I have seen.  We have created 45+ new courses in that time and we contribute to 12 majors and minors, including new programs in Women’s & Gender Studies, Museum Studies, Urban Studies, Social Justice and Digital Studies.  I don’t pretend that my tenure as chair resulted in this amazing productivity of these teacher-scholars, but I do know that I’ve worked as chair to help support and serve them in that mission and I’m proud to call them colleagues.

I am also incredibly proud of our students.  We have an amazing set of History and American Studies students with a track record of creating rich digital projects, a decades-long streak of student winners of the campus writing contest, Phi Beta Kappa membership, earning departmental honors, publishing senior theses, and of students going on to graduate school (70% do within 5-10 years) and finding terrific professional positions.  Perhaps more importantly, they are thoughtful, smart, engaged people, many of whom are already making contributions to their chosen fields.

All of this is to say that I’m in an awesome department, one that I’ve been honored to serve as the chair of for the last six years.  But it’s also time to move on, if not from the department, then from my chairing of it.  If you read my blog or follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know that I’ve been particularly passionate about the intersection of teaching and technology for over a decade.  I’ve been offered an opportunity to follow that passion and at the school that I continue to cherish.

As of May, I will step down as department chair and begin my new job as UMW’s Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation.  This new position is a half-time teaching position, so I will still get to work with students in my classes each semester.  But the rest of my time will be focused on the ways that technology, teaching, and research intersect and lead to innovation at UMW and beyond.  Specifically, I will be working with the directors of UMW’s terrific Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (Mary Kayler) and the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Jim Groom).  [A privilege since both have been making me and many other UMW faculty look cutting-edge for years.]  I’ll also be collaborating with IT, Speaking Center, Writing Center, Library, Events, and Student Affairs to get the new Information Technology Convergence Center up and running.

I’ll also have the following responsibilities*:

  • Lead strategic planning to ensure excellence and impact of innovative use of technology to forward the teaching and learning mission of the University;
  • Partner with faculty and staff to develop and prioritize initiatives;
  • Oversee continuing development of UMW’s distance learning program, with a special charge to help address critical enrollment needs;
  • Serve on the President’s Technology Advisory Committee;
  • Seek out grant and development opportunities for UMW and its partners in these areas.

I am incredibly excited to take on this new position and to be able to build on the excellent work that Mary Washington’s faculty, students, and staff have already done in this area.  Look for more here in the weeks and months to come about the process, potential, and progress in this new position for me.

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*In some ways, I’ll also be expected to talk even more about the work that is happening at UMW and elsewhere in the field of the digital liberal arts and digitally enhanced pedagogy.  So, I plan on taking up my writing for ProfHacker again (that’s a public commitment Jason and George….) and look for more posts here as well.  I also see my service on the new THATCamp Council as fitting in with my new expanded role here at UMW.

Moving over

In the near future, this will be the new site for my blog, Techist, which for years has been on Blogger.  Since the rest of my digital world is on WordPress it makes sense to bring that blog over here too.  As soon as I port the posts over to this site, I’ll move to this space.

Important Contract Information

As we talked about in the 2/27 class, please don’t make any changes to your Contract Google Doc until Dr. Pearson and I email you that we’ve finished reviewing it.  That way we’re not, as she put it in class, working on a moving target.  Regardless, we will have our comments complete by Tuesday, 3/4, and then you’ll need to respond to those comments and revise your contract accordingly.

Also as we discussed in class, we realized the deadlines for submitting images and events to the UMW group need to be the same.  So, here’s what we need to aim for:

  1. Images for the map interface and the collage: 1 image representative of the school that is modern, and 1 representative image from the 1914-1918 time frame. Due by Friday, March 7. Point of contact is Jack: jhylan [at] umw.edu.
  2. Events for timeline: 5-10 important school/community events, due by Friday, March 14. Point of contact is Leah: ltams [at] umw.edu. (We do not want images for the events, unless there is a really awesome image for it—we don’t want the timeline to be too cluttered.)

If you have issues meeting either of these dates, please contact Dr. Pearson or me.

 

Template/Prompts for Contract

Publish as a Google Doc, share with mcclurken[at]gmail.com and epearson[at]unca.edu (with ability to comment and edit) by 9 AM (EST) on TH, Feb. 27.

  • Mission statement (describe project)

    • A) Describe the overall goal of your project and the intended audience

    • B) Describe the basic structure of your site and intended features.

      • You should discuss how you’ll incorporate the common elements for all of our sites, such as a COPLAC Century America Logo, the Voices of the Great War section(s), possible list of students/former students/community members who served/died in the war, timelines for local communities to tie into world/national timeline in overarching site.

        • We also discussed the possibility of a section on women’s contributions to the war effort or influenza efforts as a common element because many of the schools that were Normal schools in 1910s.  If that makes sense for your school, talk about how you’d include that too.

    • C) We also discussed creating videos (vlogs) to show how each of us did research for the project or constructed the site.  If you’re willing to contribute to that process (via vlog or even just a post), indicate that in this section.

  • Tools you plan to use

    • Everyone will be using WordPress, so that’s a given.  But what theme, plugins, layout will you use?

    • Will you be using a timeline tool?  A map?  If so, will you be using TimelineJS?  Spreadsheet Mapper?  Something else?  [Note that even if you’re not doing your own formal timeline, you’ll need to identify key dates to send to the UMW group to include in the overarching timeline on the main site.]

    • Other tools you’ll use for your site?  What will you use to edit images?  If you’re using audio/video segments, what tools will you use?

  • Schedule of milestones (when critical pieces are ready to present)

    • Include the dates from the syllabus for first version (Apr. 3) and revised version (Apr. 24).

    • Include sending representative images to Jack to be included in the overarching site.

    • Include when you will send list of key events and dates (& potentially images to go with those events/dates) to UMW group to include in the overarching timeline on the main site.

    • Set reasonable, realistic goals.  Take into account that some things may take longer than others.

      • Particularly big pieces might have intermediate deadlines (e.g., I will have completed half the timeline entries by March 12, the rest by March 19)

Template/Prompts for Contract

Publish as a Google Doc, share with mcclurken[at]gmail.com and epearson[at]unca.edu (with ability to comment and edit) by 9 AM (EST) on TH, Feb. 27.

 

  • Mission statement (describe project)

    • A) Describe the overall goal of your project and the intended audience

    • B) Describe the basic structure of your site and intended features.

      • You should discuss how you’ll incorporate the common elements for all of our sites, such as a COPLAC Century America Logo, the Voices of the Great War section(s), possible list of students/former students/community members who served/died in the war, timelines for local communities to tie into world/national timeline in overarching site.

        • We also discussed the possibility of a section on women’s contributions to the war effort or influenza efforts as a common element because many of the schools that were Normal schools in 1910s.  If that makes sense for your school, talk about how you’d include that too.

    • C) We also discussed creating videos (vlogs) to show how each of us did research for the project or constructed the site.  If you’re willing to contribute to that process (via vlog or even just a post), indicate that in this section.

  • Tools you plan to use

    • Everyone will be using WordPress, so that’s a given.  But what theme, plugins, layout will you use?

    • Will you be using a timeline tool?  A map?  If so, will you be using TimelineJS?  Spreadsheet Mapper?  Something else?  [Note that even if you’re not doing your own formal timeline, you’ll need to identify key dates to send to the UMW group to include in the overarching timeline on the main site.]

    • Other tools you’ll use for your site?  What will you use to edit images?  If you’re using audio/video segments, what tools will you use?

  • Schedule of milestones (when critical pieces are ready to present)

    • Include the dates from the syllabus for first version (Apr. 3) and revised version (Apr. 24).

    • Include sending representative images to Jack to be included in the overarching site.

    • Include when you will send list of key events and dates (& potentially images to go with those events/dates) to UMW group to include in the overarching timeline on the main site.

    • Set reasonable, realistic goals.  Take into account that some things may take longer than others.

      • Particularly big pieces might have intermediate deadlines (e.g., I will have completed half the timeline entries by March 12, the rest by March 19)