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Saturday, October 7 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Beyond Text: Digital Approaches to Pedagogy and Scholarship

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The Evolution of Wooster's Independent Study
Jon Breitenbucher (The College of Wooster)

The College of Wooster established the Senior Independent Study project in 1947 under President Howard Lowry. Until relatively recently the majority of projects outside of the performance and studio arts have been written theses. A typical student would produce an 80-200 page written document that would be bound and submitted to the Registrar to archive. In the last 10 years this has started to change. First we had students creating documentary films for their Independent Study projects in English, then students creating website interactive digital texts and now we find our students wanting to creating fully immersive virtual experiences. Our presentation will explore the ways Educational Technologists and Digital Scholars have influenced and support this evolution.

Film-Media Analysis Using Digital Tools: Innovation as Shameless Appropriation
John Hunter (Bucknell University)

This presentation shows how the ELAN suite of tools (free software developed by and for linguists) can be a wonderful pedagogic and scholarly tool for close-reading films, TV shows, and any other moving-image media. Using specific examples from film scholarship and classroom experience, it shows how the kind of fine-grained analysis that has long been possible for written texts is now possible for film/media studies. It ends with suggested uses in a variety of scholarly and pedagogic contexts.

Researching Videos about Islam and Science:  A Methodology for Finding and Cataloguing Cultural Elements on the Web

Vika Gardner (Hampshire College)

Internet videos sometimes present slices of highly coded information, including views that the curator wants to be normative.  Videos that present science narratives combined with representations of Islam or Muslims often construct what Muslims believe about science.  The prior literature examining videos discussing Islam use only YouTube videos, although there has been censorship of this video platform from Muslim-dominated countries like Turkey and Pakistan.  Thus in order to survey all Muslims’ views, one must also examine other video platforms as well.

To gain a better understanding of videos on science and Islam, we catalogued videos on any platform that address natural science and Islam.  This presentation discusses the methodologies we used and the rationales behind the choices we made, including important terms that we found needed to be defined.  The data collected formed the basis for the Science and Islam Video Portal, www.scienceandislamvideos.com, which presents videos with academic evaluations addressing religion, science and history.


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Brianna Derr

Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist for Video, Bucknell University
Brianna Derr is a Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist for Video. She earned her BA from Penn State in Film/Video Communications and received her certificate in Digital Storytelling in the Spring of 2014 from the University of Colorado Denver in partnership with The Center... Read More →

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Jon Breitenbucher

Director of Educational Technology, The College of Wooster
Dr. Jon Breitenbucher holds a Ph. D in mathematics from The Ohio State University. He has been involved with educational technology in some from since 2001 helping establish The College of Wooster's Moodle and WordPress multisite platforms in the mid-2000s. He is always looking for... Read More →
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Vika Gardner

Research fellow, Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies, Hampshire College
I work at the intersection of a variety of fields. My PhD is in Islamic studies, working on Central Asia in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Currently I am working on contemporary presentations of science and Islam on video, which has combined my interests in science, media... Read More →
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John Hunter

Senior Fellow, Humanities
John Hunter teaches in the Comparative Humanities Program and is Acting Director of the Film/Media Studies Program at Bucknell University. His current scholarly project is developing an online searchable database of feature films.

Saturday October 7, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
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