The CDIL fellowship has given me time to attend a number of workshops. Evan Williamson and Devin Becker from the UI library have coordinated some great content including my favorite, the MILL’s Dissecting A Laptop, pictured here. It’s so cathartic to rip apart and examine all the pieces of a computer! I think everyone should checkout the cool content being offered at UI by the library and others on campus.
Here are my thoughts on the workshops I’ve attended so far this semester.
January 26, 2017 “3D Modeling: Intro to Sketchup” – while my drawing skills are lacking it was interesting to play around in 3D space not related to video. You can open a free account here SketchUp
February 1, 2017 “Web Portfolios” workshop put on by DEE at the Doceo Center in the Education Building. We used Weebly and it is pretty intuitive and simple for web building.
February 2, 2017 “Dissecting a Laptop” in the MILL at the UI Library was so fun. I also attended the WSU Center for Digital Scholarship & Curation presentation “Marquee Survivals: Building a Multimodal Historiography of Cinema’s Recycled Spaces” by Dr. Veronica Paredes, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois. She gave a very interesting presentation of curating digital objects in a collection about the movie theaters that sparked the Zoot Suit riots in LA. She also introduced me to FemTechNet, a network of scholars, students, and artists who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science, and feminism in a variety of fields including Science and Technology Studies (STS), Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies.
February 8, 2017 Attended a Digital and Data Services workshop in the CDIL called Implementing DOIs for Research Data presented by Reference/Instruction Librarian Beth Hendrix. I learned about assigning Digital Object Identifiers to a collection of data and that this method isn’t used much outside the hard sciences but should be because it makes your research life easier and UI is connected to NKN (Northwest Knowledge Network) and it’s no cost to assign a DOI if you are doing research at UI. NKN
February 17, 2017 Attended MILL workshop Photoshop Tips & Tricks workshop. Learned a few things I didn’t already know. Worthwhile.
February 23, 2017 Attended BbLearn Grade Center Demystified workshop put on by the Distance and Extended Education Course Design team with Carie Saunders and Doug Habib. I never use BBLearn for my courses so this was pretty intimidating. I think there must be a better system the UI could look into. Everything is buried in menus and very convoluted. Blackboard Learn
February 27, 2017 Attended Screencasting workshop in the Doceo center put on by the Distance and Extended Education Course Design team with Cassidy Hall. We were introduced to screencast-o-matic.com and using zoom.us to record your screen and webcam however the free versions of these apps are limited and put an overlay over your video. I’ve decided to just use Apple QuickTime to record my screen because it doesn’t include the overlay product endorsement. Screencast-O-Matic Zoom
February 28, 2017 Attended Sharon Leon’s Omeka Workshop at WSU’s CDIC. This is beyond my typical use of assets to create a collection but it was very interesting to learn how to tag and categorize materials. Omeka
March 1, 2017 Attended a streaming version of Devin Becker and Evan Williamson’s CDIL workshop Start a Website With WordPress. WordPress
It was interesting to be joined in the stream by an older couple who chose to turn on their audio and video while trying to figure out the webcam. Anyway, this is how I learned to create the blog you are reading now. WordPress is intuitive, can be customized and is suited better toward my technical skills. I attempted coding with GitHub and it just went so far over my head. I’ll try again though to challenge myself.