“This Class Was Crazy”: Digital Liberal Arts and the Power of a Consortium
Jeffrey W. McClurken, University of Mary Washington
Ellen Holmes Pearson, University of North Carolina Asheville
Whitney Snow, Midwestern State University
Deborah Tritt, University of South Carolina Aiken
This project links levels of experience in a variety of ways. The subject matters of these seminars invite students to explore their campus and community’s history and culture, while connecting their local stories to other North American communities’ experiences through their websites. But this roundtable moves beyond historical scale to link levels of experience in scholarship, teaching, and digital literacy. COPLACDigital brings together junior and senior faculty, archivists, and instructional technologists in order to give the consortium’s students richer experiences than they could receive from their own campus resources alone.
Participants in this roundtable will offer 10-minute presentations on their experiences teaching these unique distance mentoring initiatives. Professors Ellen Holmes Pearson of the University of North Carolina Asheville and Jeffrey W. McClurken of the University of Mary Washington will discuss the pilot course “Century America,” which brought together student researchers from a total of 15 public liberal arts campuses over two semesters, to build websites about their campuses and communities’ experiences during World War I. Whitney Snow, Assistant Professor of History at Midwestern State University will reflect on her course, “Festivals: Cultures in the Making,” in which students created websites about festivals in their respective institutions’ home cities, using primary-source research, oral history and ethnography. And archivists Carey Heatherly of the University of Montevallo and Deborah Tritt of the University of South Carolina Aiken will discuss their experiences teaching “Voices of Industrial America,” which involved student-driven digital projects telling the stories of individuals and companies of the Second Industrial Revolution in their communities. The presenters will then invite comments from the audience.