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Grand Opening Week

February 29th – March 4th


Ribbon Cutting & Technology Showcase

Wednesday, March 2nd
See schedule for more details.

Schedule of Events

11-3pm   Open house and tours

Stop in to see the DiSCO and get introduced to the spaces.  Tours by request.

3-4pm     Historical Manitou Messenger Online

The libraries are very pleased to announce that the historical issues of the Manitou Messengerhave been digitized and will appear on a fully-searchable interface, hosted by Eastview Information Services. This new platform lets you see the papers in a full-screen layout or on an article-by-article format.  Please visit the DiSCO for the first public unveiling of this exciting resource! Led by Eastview Information Services staff and Mary Barbosa-Jerez, Collection Development Librarian.

11-3pm   Open house and Tours

Stop in to see the DiSCO and get introduced to the spaces.  Tours by request.

3-4pm     Basics of Data Visualization

We live in a world where we are surrounded by data.  Humans are visual creatures, and a well-designed visualization is often more powerful and compelling than seeing the same data in a table. In our work, we all have data we can use to tell stories, and it’s easier than ever to do so– if you know how. We can’t teach you to make complex infographics in an hour-long session, but we can show you some tools, talk about what works and what doesn’t, and discuss how you can get started working with data, in your teaching and in your own research.  Led by Instructional Technologist Jason Menard

2:30pm          Reception and open house

3pm                Ribbon Cutting and remarks by Provost Sortor


3:30 – 4:30    Teaching and Technology Showcase

Co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts and IT, the Technology Showcase is an opportunity to see faculty present their innovative applications of technology in teaching and research.  This year’s participants include:

Ashley Hodgson

Video Pen Pals with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad / Microeconomics Videos using We Video
Project 1: Students hold Skype and Google Hangout conversations with students taking health care economics/policy at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.  In these conversations, they compare health care systems and discuss the impact of culture on the health care systems.
Project 2: Students individually will be creating a video walking us through an economic model that they built in teams, and explaining the policy relevance and social implications.  The videos are replacing in-class presentations of team projects, which allows each member of a 3-person team to explain their model in their own words, with their own images and story.

Colin Wells and Eric Fure-Slocum

American Conversations Digital Library
We created a working digital library that will allow new and veteran instructors in the program to explore many of the interdisciplinary topics that have been successfully taught in past courses. When completed, the library will house hundreds of items, ranging from documents and pdfs to powerpoints, images, and audio and video files. It will be searchable through several designated categories relating to its curricular or pedagogical contribution to the program (and to the college’s General Education guidelines); and it will be capable of being tagged by users for keyword searches. We also redesigned the program’s webpage to highlight important interdisciplinary units and projects in each course and to represent the unique aspects of American Conversations as a learning community dedicated to fostering engaged citizenship.

Dolores Peters

Digital Humanities on the Hill (DHH)
“Digital Humanities on the HIll” is an ambitious four-year initiative to develop digital humanities at St. Olaf College.  Launched in January 2014, DHH is funded by a $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.   The initiative provides seed grants to support faculty exploration of new tools for teaching and new approaches to research.  Its funding of CURI projects, Directed Undergraduate Research seminars (DURs), and Digital Scholarship Internships provides distinctive opportunities in mentored undergraduate research and inquiry for students.  The infrastructure developed by DHH embeds and sustains continued engagement with digital humanities as part of the College’s tradition of innovative teaching and distinguished scholarship. Learn more about the DHH grant at wp.stolaf.edu/dh

Karil Kucera

Virtual Appendices: Extending the Book into the Classroom and Abroad
This presentation will showcase one method of combining traditional scholarship with the digital realm – the virtual appendix being developed to augment a traditional hard copy book publication. Learn more at baodingshan.org

Katherine Tegtmeyer-Pak

Rural Immigration Network: Building an Online Outlet for Publicly Engaged Scholarship
The Rural Immigration Network website shares good ideas and practical information about innovative events, programs and initiatives that build community among immigrants and longer-term residents in rural towns around the United States. Content comes from students’ interviews with community and government organizations and from their reports on recent scholarship. See more at ruralimmigration.net

Louis Epstein

The Musical Geography of 1920s Paris
How can digital mapping help recreate the sound world of the past? By researching and visualizing the vibrant musical life of 1920s Paris, CURI students and music majors have created a website-based resource that makes a vast array of primary source material available to scholars, students, and the general public. Timelines, Storymaps, and Google Maps offer explorations of the iconic sounds of the “capital of the world” and provide models for the pedagogical and scholarly affordances of digital humanities research. See more at pages.stolaf.edu/musicalgeography

Mary Trull, with students Anna Moore and John Seabloom-Dunne 

Exploring Literature through Digital Mapping
This project sought to improve students’ understanding of how a literary work evokes objects, landscape, space, and place within its historical context. Students researched the Los Angeles context of Walter Mosley’s novel, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, and created a  dynamic experience illustrating their results using digital maps and ArcGIS.

Peter Nelson

Making Art Utilizing 3D Modeling, Scanning, and Printing
Students in Art 104: Foundations New Media explore and challenge foundational art principles through the use of 3D digital processes. 3D modeling, scanning, and printing are used for both creative and practical learning.

Todd Edwards

Integrating Digital Technologies in Live Performance
Exploring the use of Motion Capture, Animation and sensor technology to augment live performance through projected media, lighting and audio.

12-1pm    Scholarship in 3D – At Carleton Library, RM 344

From Carleton’s website description: “Are you a 3D-skeptic? 3D-enthusiast? Just 3D-curious? Bring your lunch and gather with others to ponder and discuss the promise and challenges of 3D modeling, imaging, and printing for scholarship.” A Broadening the Bridge Learning Community Event

12 – 4pm  Digital Assignments Workshop

Note: This workshop is closed to additional participants

A practical, hands-on workshop focused on conceptualizing, creating or refining digital assignments for your course(s). The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Angel Pazurek, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Minnesota, and Solen Feyissa, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota Learning Technologies program.