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David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

About the DIP

Sponsored by the Digital Scholarship Commons and Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

The Digital Instruction Project is a year long opportunity for faculty and instructors to develop and implement new, impactful assignments. Work with us and a cohort of your peers to brainstorm and then refine a new digital assignment. 


We provide:

  • TIME and SPACE for focused and thoughtful conversation about pedagogy with a cohort of your peers
  • ONE-ON-ONE consultation and assignment development with Aaron Zachmeier, Instructional Designer, and Rachel Deblinger, Director, Digital Scholarship Commons
  • STUDENT SUPPORT for course development and implementation in the classroom


Cohort participants commit to:

  • Design and development consultation with Aaron Zachmeier, Instructional Designer, and/or Rachel Deblinger, Director, Digital Scholarship Commons
  • A two hour workshop with cohort to refine assignment plans
  • Implementation of assignment in classroom during Winter or Spring Quarters
  • Public presentation of assignment 
  • Evaluation and additional meeting to refine assignment for future use

Applications Still Accepted

We are happy to accept additional participants for the 2017 - 2018 cohort. Contact us today.

For consideration, please send a 1 page (max) application to


The application should include:

  • The name and number of a course to be taught during the 2017-2018 AY with an estimated number of students. 
  • A brief description of a new assignment. Please include specifics about what you want the students to learn and how this new assignment will help them achieve that learning. 
  • What you hope to get out of a cohort based program.

We’re looking for assignment ideas that:

  • Will improve learning
  • Solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity

Impactful & Meaningful

Hear from the 2016-2017 cohort:

"The program offered a rich opportunity to think through and implement new assignments in visual thinking and collaborative research. It also provided a welcome forum for critical approaches to digital and experimental pedagogy." - Kyle Parry (HAVC)

"Being part of the DIP gave me the extra push I needed to take a pedagogical risk and try something new in my classroom. (It) provided a safety net of support for both my students and me, giving us the confidence we needed to experiment. Working with a cohort allowed me to draw inspiration from my colleagues who were also thinking creatively and critically about combining digital literacy with unconventional ways of presenting ideas." - Amanda Smith (Literature)

"Constant support ... throughout the planning and implementation of the course meant that the entire class was liberated from worries over our tech prowess. Instead, we could focus on the new ways that the digital tools allowed us to engage with course content." -Dustin Wright (History)

"The assignment I developed in the (Digital Instruction) Project allowed students to apply writing and analytical skills into a new domain." - Philip Longo (Writing Program)


Inaugural Cohort (2016 - 2017)

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