The library recently added a subscription to Social Explorer, which provides easy online access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present. It allows for the easy creation of thematic maps and downloading into other software products such as PowerPoint. It also provides convenient digital access to two censuses never before available online: 1970 and 1980.
Jason Mittell (Film & Media Culture), James Morrison (Political Science) and myself lead a workshop for faculty on taking notes and grading digital documents yesterday that was well attended (see: Moving Away from Paper: Useful Practices for Electronic Note-taking and Grading Assignments).
Jason and James described how they assigned and collected students papers. Both used email as the primary means of collecting assignments from students for the following reasons:
- emails are timestamped providing a simple way to ensure deadlines are met
- email provides a single place to archive records of all papers
- email ensures a definitive version of student work
James and Jason differed in the format they required their students to submit assignments and the tool they used to annotate and grade these assignments. Read more about their annotation and grading workflow on the Teaching with Technology blog (see: Moving Away from Paper: Annotating and Grading Digital Documents – Jason Mittell & James Morrison)
Both James and Jason have also had their student use Google Docs for collaborative projects. Unfortunately Google Docs does not support footnotes so that is cannot be used as a tools for writing scholarly papers. That said, Google Docs may be a good tool for creative writing classes or for language classes.
The Faculty LIS Advisory Committee (FLAC) is sponsoring a workshop for faculty on taking notes and grading digital documents. This workshop will be taught by Jason Mittell (Film & Media Culture), James Morrison (Political Science) and myself and will present some common tools and practices for inserting comments and notes into Word and PDF documents as well as Google Docs. Here are details:
Moving Away from Paper: Useful Practices for Electronic Note-taking and Grading Assignments
4:30 – 5:30 pm, Feb 22nd
This workshop coincides with the introduction of printing quotas (see: Notice to students about new printing system) and has the objective of outlining the benefits and limitations of a completely digital workflow as well as getting a sense of what kinds of tools faculty need to provide feedback and evaluate student assignments.
An email announcement about the workshop has been sent out to all faculty. Faculty interested in participating in this workshop are encouraged to fill out a workshop form that will help us gauge interest and provide the opportunity to request specific topics.
Our updated Quick-Start Guide to Library Research [pdf] provides:
- a screenshot “map” of research resources in the new library web site
- step-by-step instructions for finding journal articles
We often use this guide as a handout in research workshops. It prints on one page, double-sided. Please use it and distribute it widely!
Looking for the latest news? Just as nationally the number of dailies and weeklies available at the newsstand, the local drugstore or delivered to your doorstep has decreased in recent years, so too has the number of paper subscriptions that the library receives and puts out on the shelves in the Harman Reading room. But access to news from both the United States and around the world, current and archival, has actually increased through the library’s subscriptions to news databases. To locate and explore the wealth of news sources available to you through the library portal follow the link to the newspaper guide. And keep up with the latest political scandal, cricket scores or just compare sources for accuracy and bias.