Digital Classroom Projects Connection

Introduction

One of the key goals of the Centre for Digital Scholarship is to create new opportunities for students and faculty to develop digital skills in classroom, in their research and to find new ways to communicate that work through the web.

The Center for Digital Scholarship on Leddy Library’s 4th floor is a hub for campus activities in digital publishing, student research engagement, and data-rich and visually-mediated research. The growing array of such initiatives across campus at all levels - researcher, faculty, undergraduate – points to the need for a dedicated space where the expertise, technology and training are made available in an atmosphere that encourages collaboration, intellectual discourse, discovery and creativity.

Project Examples

Epigentics and Society: Students in a 4th year class on Epigentics worked together to publish a new professionally reviewed book on the subject, Epigenetics and Society. The book was published digitally in Scholarship at UWindsor's Emerging Scholars Press and is available as a print on demand title through Amazon. You can read more about the project and obtain digital and print copies here: http://scholar.uwindsor.ca/emergingscholarspress/1/.

Public History 497: Students in History 497 worked with the Centre on their major assignment. This involved finding unique collections in the Leddy Archives of local significance, digitizing those items, and bringing them to life in an online exhibit with the addition of their unqiue historical scholarship which you can find here: http://cdigs.uwindsor.ca/omeka/. Take a tour through some fascinating parts of the history of our region on the exhibits pages. In the process students learned about using web content management systems like Omeka.

Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History: The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History aims to create and sustain a consistent outlet for top undergraduate history students from universities located within the Great Lakes region, which recognizes their hard work and dedication to the discipline of history by featuring their high quality research papers within the pages of a published academic journal. More generally, the Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History attempts to promote a new research culture among undergraduate history students in Ontario.

UWill Discover Conference: UWill Discover is a one-day event in which undergraduate students at the University of Windsor can present their research and creative work to their fellow students, their friends and family, and the world! The conference begins in the fall with the Leddy Library Research Question Competition and now continues with the full conference in Spring. Students are also involved in managing the submission and review process for the conference, provding an opportunity to learn about the academic research process and to master a workflow managment system.

Getting Involved
 

If you're a faculty member who is interested in finding out more about the Centre for Digital Scholarship's and the opportunity to work with us, please get in touch with Heidi Jacobs (hjacobs@uwindsor.ca) or Dave Johnston (djohnst@uwinsdor.ca).