Digital Liberal Arts
The Digital Liberal Arts Working Group at Ursinus (or DLA@UC) and the DLA Fellows promote conversation between the liberal arts and twenty-first century technologies.
The working group’s purpose is to:
Foster experimental thinking and understanding
- Validate new approaches to teaching and research/scholarly work and bridging the teacher/scholar divide
- Expose students more directly to subject areas: experiential in terms of unveiling method & messiness (complexity)
- Maintain flexibility in engaging a constantly shifting area
- Create a culture of accessibility
Support the integration of digital technologies into planning of courses/research teaching
- Provide training and help students, faculty, and staff acquire necessary tools
- Build and expand digital literacy (data management practices)
Advance the digital liberal arts beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries
- Introduce/integrate tools into multiple disciplines
- Create bridges for genuine interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration
- Balance practical and theoretical skills and concerns involved in digital work
- Foster student professional development
Document & promote digital initiatives on campus
- Promote/make visible contributions across campus
- Collaborate with Library/IT to support faculty & student projects
- Encourage open source/open access where possible & practical
What do the Digital Liberal Arts Fellows Do?
Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) Fellows have two major roles on campus. Fellows partner with faculty interested in adding or enhancing digital components to their current teaching. Fellows can support assignment design and support in-class technical workshops. In addition, each Fellow holds weekly resource hours, during which students currently taking courses that integrate these assignments can seek Fellows for technical assistance.
DLA Fellows can offer support in a range of digital tools, but they have particular strengths in:
- Mapping tools (QGIS & ArcGIS)
- Digital curating tools (Omeka)
- Film editing (Shotcut) and audio editing/podcasting (Audacity)
- Digital storytelling tools (Scalar, Powtoon, Sway, TimelineJS, StorymapsJS)
- Website creation (WordPress)
Here is a list of digital tools and resources, along with some instructions and tutorials on how to use the software.
So what don’t DLA Fellows do?
- While they are eager to support workshops, faculty are expected to be part of those workshops (e.g., they can’t teach class for you, though they are happy to meet with you beforehand to help you feel comfortable with a particular tool. If you would like someone to lead a workshop for your students, contact Christine Iannicelli);
- While DLA Fellows are eager to consult with students, they cannot teach a tool top-to-bottom in a one-hour session;
- DLA Fellows do not complete the digital parts of a course or a digital project for students or faculty.
How do I contact or schedule a meeting with a DLA Fellow?
Sign up for a time to meet with a DLA Fellow using this form: https://go.ursinus.edu/DLAFellow. Please contact Christine Iannicelli if none of those times work or if would like to schedule a DLA Fellow visit for your class.