Digital Field Scholarship

4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT August 29, 2012

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others from the NITLE Network who are interested in digital field scholarship, inquiry-guided learning, and undergraduate research in all disciplines to attend this seminar in institutional teams. Individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EDT)

From service in the local community to a wide array of overseas programs, liberal arts students and faculty pursue learning opportunities in a variety of geographical settings, with areas of focus spanning the physical and life sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Many projects enhance field scholarship via geolocated digital means, such as capture and communication of field data, web discovery and sharing of field-applicable resources, creative projects built on particular locations and shared as digital narratives, and place-based student-faculty research projects documented online from start to finish. In this seminar, Dr. James Proctor, Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Lewis and Clark College, will share

  1. An introduction to Digital Field Scholarship and the objectives of a new Sandbox initiative, designed and administered by Lewis & Clark College.
  2. An extended example of one approach to Digital Field Scholarship involving geolocation and WordPress-based collaboration, and how it supports liberal education via Lewis & Clark’s Situating the Global Environment ( initiative.
  3. An invitation for other institutions to collaborate in a 2012-13 Digital Field Scholarship Sandbox, with clarification of objectives, expectations, and process.
Speaker Biography

Dr. James Proctor is a professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis and Clark College. Dr. Proctor comes from a varied academic background including geography, religious studies, and environmental science/engineering, with research interests and publications spanning environmental theory, interdisciplinarity, and new learning technologies. Since arriving at Lewis & Clark College in 2005, Dr. Proctor has received strong support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop innovative approaches in interdisciplinary undergraduate environmental scholarship. Most recently, Dr. Proctor directs Lewis and Clark’s Situating the Global Environment initiative, which he presented at the NITLE Symposium in April 2012. Dr. Proctor led the team whose proposal on digital field scholarship won the Innovation Marketplace at the Symposium.


Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)

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