Leah Chase is an undeclared freshman, hoping to double major in English and Art History. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, discovering new music, and taking lots and lots of walks.
How would a map of Palestinian culture look like? The world system of literary production for Palestinians has been globally spread out since the Nakba (1948) and their dispersion throughout the Arab and Western world (the shatāt). Mapping diasporic or exilic literature begs a global perspective as well as a dynamic tool that can track movement and change across time and space. This Digital Humanities project visually maps the circulation, international movement, and (im)mobility of Palestinian authors and specific Palestinian texts.
By analyzing best practices for student learning using digital annotation, the Poetic Media Lab has refined model assignments, in-class activities, and steps for instructors to manage and curate annotations for more effective lectures and classroom discussions. The Knowledge Base has sample assignments, lesson plans, in-class activities, and more, all organized by topic and theme tags.
After a year of study design and platform development, the Poetic Media Lab launched its first reader study in July. Hosted on an open-source platform they built at www.readerstudy.com, Reader Study allows researchers to upload texts, create pre- and post-reading questions, and break participants into different cohorts to empirically ask how different readers engage with literary text
Over the past year, Poetic Media Lab members Brian Johnsrud, Emily Schneider, and Daniel Bush have worked with faculty at Foothill Community College as they adopted Lacuna to help transform their curriculum. On May 14, 2016, team members and faculty collaborators shared their success with the platform.
In a new project headed by Emily Schneider and Iris Howley in Stanford's Lytics Lab, student annotations are being analyzed using natural langauge processing to see if patterns emerge to distinguish different annotations as taking part in characteristics of critical reading.
Amir Eshel and Brian Johnsrud received a Stanford Hoagland Award for Innovations in Undergraduate Education. This grant, along with a seed grant from the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, will support the launch of a new project in the Poetic Media Lab: Poetic Thinking.
Brian Johnsrud and Daniel Bush, both Phd researchers in CESTA's Poetic Media Lab, attended the University of Victoria's Digital Humanities Summer Institute, for a week of "Drupal for Digital Humanists." Look out for a couple new projects in the lab being launched soon as a result of this great week!
Four faculty members from the English Department at Foothill Community College participating in the EPIC (Education Partnership to Internationalize Curriculum) Fellowship program are using their fellowship year to collaborate with Lacuna Stories in creating new curricular units for their courses.