Save the Date: October Ignite! Event to Focus on "Life Beyond the Textbook"

This autumn, UW-IT is coordinating an Ignite-style event focused on the state of digital texts. Save the date and join us on October 24 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Odegaard Library, room 220. Ignite! sessions are a fast-moving and fun way to exchange ideas and inspire collaboration.

We will kick off the event with brief lessons learned from our pilot.

Next, UW faculty and staff will present a variety of perspectives beyond text -- from involving students in text collection analysis to teaching with simulation systems. Their stories will demonstrate how faculty have saved students money, brought assignments to life, improved student outcomes, and built text and simulation systems from scratch. Furthermore, faculty have engaged students in new forms of reading, informed by digital humanities practices. Students have been actively engaged in new ways of analyzing and interacting with text, video, and online materials through technology. The Ignite! format requires presenters to share stories, ideas, lessons, and strategies in exactly 5 minutes, using only 20 auto-advancing slides, and taking just 15 seconds per slide. Each 5-minute presentation will be followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.

Presenters will include:

Greg Miller, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who built an engineering simulation system for students and has innovated in several other ways including student and TA produced videos as part of a course pack.

Louise Little, CEO, University Book Store, who helped to pioneer a textbook rental system, saving students 60%+ of textbook costs, and increasing access.

Michael Campion, Director of Academic and Learning Technologies, UW School of Medicine, who worked with faculty to build “digital native” epub textbooks that the students could take, own, and put on the devices they chose.

Ben Marwick, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, who involved his students in using R to analyze large blocks of text, actively using digital means to explore the interrelations through machine analysis. One outcome of this work is that students have co-authored a forthcoming journal article.

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