THATCamp Notes

Hello, everyone! My main purpose in attending THATCamp was to learn a bit more about different tools I can use to make classes more fun and interesting for my students, as I am preparing to teach Rhetoric next year. I am also a bookbinder, and I am interested in the ways in which digital sources can help me move text from a general word document format into something that can be put into signature format in preparation for binding (especially in ways to print signatures without making the printing center employees at, say, Staples rip out all of their hair).

These notes are generally just the scattered main points and useful things that I took away from discussions during the second and third days of the unconference, as the second day is also when I learned how to use GoogleDocs! :)

I hope these fragments I have shored against my digital illiteracy may be of use to you as well, and it was great to meet you all!

Best regards,

Laura Kuhlman

Digital Collaboration

RefWorks!! -- can share folders with other users, maybe useful in a class-wide project that necessitates sharing sources

Digital Studio for Public Humanities-- here, at Iowa! Make friends. Get working. Go!
--They can help with pretty much anything, there’s a website blog (they’re the ones with talks monday, tuesday, who did the thing with iPods and YouTube on Friday)

--Jellies: Open help sessions, every other Thursday afternoon (next week like 2-4)

WordPress: Can make categories, etc.

Rhetoric: feedback and peer reviewing

--Have guidelines and specific questions

The University Wiki-- better than WordPress, because you can edit (WordPress is public, but the Wiki is not necessarily)

(also check out the VicWik)

Poetry in the Age of Information (see galleries) CITA gives support

^ that one’s Dee Morris’s class

Have to have a uiowa login to get into the Wiki

-log in by Derekprojectgroup5 or whatever, instead of having it show up as students’ names, gets around FERPA issues

Having groups make a wikipedia entry (makes them cite, organize, research something that’s not on wikipedia)

Bring students to the library to work together (or send them there if they need it, have them check-in before they leave); you can book the lab in EPB two weeks in advance, see Erin Hackathorn

*Rhetoric idea: have kids use smartphones to take pictures of controversy on campus, have them email them, project them up on the screen; have them discuss the argument
Everything is a controversy, give them 20 minutes, think bumper stickers

Text questions to professor???
Twitter-- hashtag, send things out on twitter

--have to contain it to 140 characters

--combine with another form of writing afterward, write something to build off of the tweets

--Say it in 140, then say it in three pages (have one person condense, another expand)

Group evals: write a page of how the group worked

Find out what everyone contributes, try to find a way to put it in a positive light

archival ←----> Social

Are we digitizing, are we putting things out there?

Collating information-- maybe something on your particular topic

next semester: campus-wide frankenstein project

assign groups to different things, so you can get more hours of work out of this large group on one related topic, allowing for individual interest

attracting faculty by fitting their research interests

organized, accessible, appealing-- what sorts of resources need to be recreated, what can be edited and used again, etc., need a “map of purpose”

communicating across campus and across campuses

JULIE CHEN-- how books work, artists’ books --***Look it up!!


Collaboration group time

How to connect profs and librarians, let each other know what they need/can do

Basecamp, Google, Wiki, Dropbox

RnD point of view-- why is the librarian in it, as opposed to the service model?
***Ask not what your librarian can do for you, ask what you can do for your librarian?

Sue the dinosaur from the field museum is on twitter!! @SuetheTrex

Idea: use twitter for an “over-writers anonymous” writing seminar or something??? ***


MEETING ONE:  physical < ---- > digital

memory modes-- in the way that studying in a room helps you remember things when you take a test in the same room, etc. versus using an e-reader and losing the physicality of the reading experience OR having a more universal system of memory

skeuomorphism-- digital object needing to take on features of the tangible object, ie. page-turners for ebooks, little shadows on digital keyboards, etc.

Willa Cather archive

geocaching-- this Cather archive can make a map of the places she has been in her life, etc.

tools for text analysis, etc.  

idea of mapping a space for different group uses, like this is the ___ for different demographics, things you would find interesting. Imagining America, etc.

city of lit app

xbox kinect and e.e.cummings physical body poetry, see North Carolina State ****