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Mapping Data With Social Explorer
Social Explorer map of areas surrounding Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
Librarians John Cocklin and Lucinda M. Hall provide library instruction for Economics 38: Urban and Land Use with Professor William Fischel. Students have the opportunity to see how land use affects certain variables in different neighborhoods. Social Explorer, a resource the Library subscribes to, allows students to create maps without having to know a lot about geographic information systems (GIS). The accompanying map shows how a student might map housing values in the area around The Forum and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. The Forum, previously known as The Fabulous Forum, is where the Los Angeles Lakers played until 1999. Hollywood Park features horse racing and now has a casino. With other data available, the student could see if housing values changed as Hollywood Park’s role in the neighborhood has changed.
A New Approach to Book Learning
“Dave the Potter” students in the letterpress studio
The Book Arts Workshop is no longer Dartmouth’s “best kept secret”; numerous faculty bring their classes in to experience a hands-on approach to the ideas covered in the classroom. Classes in photography, architecture, printmaking, and drawing have come in to work with letterpress, bookbinding, and paper folding to bring their work into three dimensions. English classes such as History of the Book and Dave the Potter have a large studio component to augment the students’ readings and discussions.
The connections to the activity in the Book Arts Workshop may be readily apparent with courses from Studio Art and English, but other, less obvious connections are being made with areas such as medicine, music, computer science, and languages. In the course Digital Design, computer science students came in to the letterpress studio to get a better understanding of the concepts they were learning digitally. This past summer an Italian III class wrote, designed, set type, and printed a poem to help learn the language kinesthetically.
It will be interesting to see where the students go with this work and what ideas and futures are sparked with this type of experiential learning that utilizes the creative process and tactile engagement.
“Introduction to Environmental Science” course image
Dartmouth’s partnership with edX and the development of the first four DartmouthX courses provide collaborative opportunities as well as challenges for effective online teaching and learning.
The DartmouthX project provides the opportunity to model a team approach to course design. Each course has a faculty member, instructional designer, subject librarian, media producer, and several current and former Dartmouth students working to bring the course to thousands. The first DartmouthX course, Professor Andy Friedland’s Introduction to Environmental Science, provides a view into the discipline using both original and preexisting open content.
With thousands of students taking each course, MOOCs provide one of the strongest cases for using openly available content that is both embedded in the course and free to students engaged with the course at any time. MOOCs also provoke us to consider our role in creating openly available educational content and joining the growing “open educational resources” (OER) community. For more on OERS, see: Open Educational Resources: New Initiatives for Creation and Discovery, Creative Commons Open Education Resources, and OER Commons.
Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth – Then & Now
Celebrating the Dartmouth Center for Advancement of Learning 10th Anniversary 2004-2014
Baker-Berry Library / Berry Main Street October 21 – December 12, 2014
Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth – Then & Now
Come by Berry Main Street to view an exhibit tracing the evolution of teaching and learning at Dartmouth, from the 18th Century to the present.
Curated by Prudence Merton, Associate Director for Faculty Programs and Assessment at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning; Susan Simon, Media Learning Technologist, Jones Media Center; and Sarah Decker, MALS graduate student.
Exhibit design by Dennis Grady, Library Education & Outreach. Many thanks to the staff of Rauner Special Collections Library and to Deborah Howe, Dartmouth Library Conservator.
More information is available on this and other Library exhibits.
Contributors: Lucinda M. Hall (Mapping Data With Social Explorer), Sarah Smith (A New Approach to Book Learning), Michael Goudzwaard and Barbara DeFelice (DartmouthX: Open2), Dennis Grady and Prudence Merton (Teaching and Learning at Dartmouth – Then & Now)
Editor: Laura Barrett