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Digital Instruction Project

The Digital Scholarship Commons in partnership with the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning invites applications for participation in the 2020–2021 Digital Instruction Project.

The Digital Instruction Project is an academic year long program that supports faculty in developing and implementing an impactful digital assignment for an upcoming class, or development of an assignment for a future class. The program offers time and space for focused and thoughtful conversation about pedagogy with a dedicated faculty cohort; one-on-one consultations with digital scholarship staff for assignment development; and support for students as the digital assignment is implemented.

We are looking for digital assignment ideas that aim to improve student learning, solve a problem, or take advantage of an opportunity. Assignments can be newly designed or existing assignments that you envision transforming by means of a digital method or tool.

Participants commit to:

  • An initial consultation for design and development of a digital assignment (Fall Quarter)
  • 1–2 meetings with faculty cohort to discuss and refine assignment design (Fall Quarter)
  • 1 cohort meeting in Winter Quarter
  • Cohort debriefing for evaluation and refining of assignment for future use (Spring Quarter)

Applications due by October 28, 2020.


Past Assignment Examples

Here are a few examples of past digital assignments there were developed by DIP fellows:

Students in a Latin American and Latino Studies worked with QGIS and StoryMaps to map data from as they explored the history of unfree migration. (Jeffrey Erbig, LALS)

Students in a graduate History seminar were asked to choose a digital tool commonly employed for classroom projects and to explore and analyze the tool in light of its user-friendliness, what kinds of intellectual growth it encouraged, and how one could rigorously assess the resulting student work. (Noriko Aso, History)

Students in a Latin American and Latino Studies course researched, scripted, and recorded interviews and audio vignettes to explore the concepts of home and mobility. (Cat Ramírez, LALS)

Students in a Literature course used Google Earth to map locations and trajectories in works of literature. The annotated maps they created allowed them to gain a deeper and different understanding of the works they analyzed. (Amanda Smith, Literature)

Past Fellows


Jeffrey Erbig (LALS)
Thomas Retterwender (Architecture)


Maya Peterson (History)
Matt O'Hara (History)
Catherine Jones (History)


Noriko Aso (History)
Cat Ramíre (LALS)
Amanda Smith (Literature)


Philip Longo (Writing Program)
Kyle Parry (HAVC)
Cat Ramirez (LALS)
Amanda Smith (Literature)
Dustin Wright (History)
Zac Zimmer (Literature)