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Friday, February 5 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Teaching, Student Engagement, and Covid-19

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Chair Tom Scheinfeldt

Amanda Guzman, Maggie Powers, and Wendy Salto, “Going Digital with Object Learning: A Teacher-Student Reflection on Remote Material Storytelling"
The fall 2020 iteration of the undergraduate Trinity course entitled, "Thinking with Things: Exploring our Material World" tackled the question of how to approach teaching about and with objects in the remote classroom format of our current pandemic moment. One of the immediate consequences of teaching this subject from a distance was the opportunity to rethink the definition of the material beyond the physical with a more direct grappling with both studying and exploring the digital narratives that have been/are being told about objects as well as the digital narratives that we collectively can tell/will tell about objects. Synchronous Zoom classroom analyses of digital objects and cultural landscapes ranged from close looking work with museum public databases to online shopping formats to 3D modelling studios. Student assignments were scaffolded and ranged from TimelineJS and StorymapJS to 3D model workshopping. The proposed panel presentation by the professor and a selection of two undergraduates will offer a critical group reflection of their individual experiences as digital object storytellers; and the potential of digital humanities platforms and teaching strategies in the contexts of remote object-based learning, more broadly.

Sharmishtha Roy Chowdhury, "Local Practices, Global Communities: Digital Humanities and Global Collaborations" 
Can digital humanities provide a bridge across the digital accessibility gap? How does the expansion of remote interaction boost problem solving globally? My paper examines the issue of accessibility and digital inequities as experienced by students and academics during the Covid-19 pandemic. Invited to speak at the Panjab University's International Studies and Department of Education webinar on online student engagement, I exchanged notes with experts there on student engagement and student access to digital infrastructure. Drawing on this and other interactions over the course of the pandemic, I argue that digital humanities has expanded the possibilities of global collaboration to solve local challenges of pedagogy, research and impact. Significant challenges remain in terms of funding and interlinking initiatives that cannot be addressed remotely.

Soyoung Elizabeth Yun, "Exploring Digital Tools for Collaborative Thinking and Learning"
The importance of digital education tools has grown more than ever during the COVID-19 era of remote instruction. This presentation is a demonstration and critique that consists of a) an introduction to six accessible digital tools for collaborative mind-mapping and other creative activities; b) a showcase of sample demonstrations and reviews of the tools focused on the suitability for collaboration; c) a showcase of creative projects using these tools. Investigating the existing and emerging tools, I, as a current undergraduate student, suggest which features should be added to the digital study space. Furthermore, I argue that digital education tools allow a more flexible and innovative contribution of each student. Since the tools provide unregulated virtual space to express any thoughts, the contributors feel less pressure to follow the class climate and gain anonymity, which makes them unconstrained by constant evaluation of performance. Teachers and learners should discuss the future of online collaboration together. This presentation will provide a forum for an exchange of suggestions and questions on how to bring better online education. New ways of digital instruction in the remote setting should encourage a collaborative study that transcends spatial and geographical limits. As the COVID-19 era necessitates changes in the traditional classroom setting, more discussions regarding the digital tools for non-traditional thinking and learning are necessary. 

Friday February 5, 2021 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST

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