Toolkit for Student Success

By Dr. Sarita Shukla | Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Educational Studies | 2022-2023 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow The Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellows (DSFF) award by the UW Bothell Library was one of the best things that happened for my students and my own learning in the 2022-2023 academic year.  This award helped me transform a course project vision into reality. My hope was to create a public-facing website with student-generated content evaluating local non-profit organizations. Student contribution to this site would not only promote learning for students within that course but also create a resource useful to…

Ocean Noise Explorer

By Dr. Shima Abadi | Associate Professor in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math | 2022-2023 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow The overall goal of the Ocean Noise Explorer project was to leverage existing ocean instrumentations and datasets from the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) to create a publicly accessible educational website. The OOI is a large-scale project that provides a unique continuous observation of the ocean with recorded data using more than 800 instruments since 2015. In my research group, we have already pre-processed this rich dataset and have created an online platform for easy access to this dataset…

The Feminist Digital Center: The Launch of YEARS and YEARS of Collaborative Feminist Praxis

By Dr. Julie Shayne | Teaching Professor, IAS Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Global Studies | 2022-2023 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow My Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellows (DSFF) grant was a tremendous success for UWB as an institution, the UWB library, and my students. I worked with IAS student Tessa Denton to build and curate a hub for student centered, open-access, feminist research and writing projects called the Feminist Digital Center (FDC). The FDC hosts my three signature digital research projects: The Feminist Community Archive of Washington; The Feminist Archive Exhibits; The Badass Womxn & Enbies Zines; and feminist writing…

Becoming a (WordPress) Learner: Using SPLOTbox as a course website in BCUSP 100

Becoming a Learner at the University of Washington Bothell Guest post by Deborah Hathaway, IAS, and Chelsea Nesvig, UWB/CC Library The academic journey of each student at UW Bothell is unique – depending on their major, previous educational experiences, and overall goals for their time on campus. When students register for BCUSP 100: General Learning Strategies, they are offered the opportunity to reflect on that unique journey in a variety of creative ways. The course’s more specific title is “The Habits of Highly Successful Students” – this means that the syllabus discusses topics such as  time management, emotional intelligence, engaged…

Open Hosting Digital Scholarship Platforms are Here to Stay

The UW Libraries has been piloting open hosting platforms over the past few years and we are pleased to announce that Manifold Publishing (digital book publishing), Digital Scholarship Hosting (Omeka, WordPress, Scalar, and more) and UW Pressbooks (for creating and adapting Open Educational Resources) are now part of the UW Libraries’ permanent service offerings! The UW Bothell Library looks forward to supporting you in creating knowledge and sharing it openly through digital means with these platforms. Please read on to see sample projects created over the past two years through our pilot and to learn more about getting started with these platforms! Explore  How can YOU…

Accessibility Plugins for WordPress

One of the first steps we recommend as you set up your WordPress site is to install an accessibility plugin. Accessibility plugins add a menu of options for users of your site to customize how they interact with content. An accessibility plugin can easily change font size, disable animations, or indicate links in a particular way, for example. Accessibility plugins are crucial for making a site welcoming and easy-to-use for everyone interested, and for increasing the reach and impact of your site content.  This DS@UWB site uses the AccessibleWP Toolbar plugin. Try it out! Click on the accessibility icon in…

How WordPress Templates Can Transform Your Online Teaching This Fall!

Calling all instructors! Are you looking for opportunities to teach digital and public scholarship skills in your classroom? Are you looking for alternatives to the traditional research paper? We’ve got you covered with WordPress site templates! WordPress templates are simple to set up and can be as easy to use as filling out a simple form. Templates (with examples from other institutions) include: Tru Collector, which collects student images and descriptions through a form submission and compiles them into a WordPress site. See Animal Body Plans and Online Ecosystem Maps as examples. Tru Writer, which collects short student essays through…