NEW MEDIA AT NEW is a curriculum in initiative that equips instructors to use new media to teach advanced communication skills that link theory, research, and social action. The overall goal is to foster students skills in ‘reading the world’ through new media literacy.



Monday, October 29, 2012
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room 2053, Wilson Hall, New College

Jeff Newman, Librarian, New College
Tyson Seburn, International Foundation Program

Twitter: 140-character messages piped through the internet to your phone, tablet or computer. Can Twitter enhance teaching and learning inside and outside of the classroom? This session will introduce the basics of Twitter’s features and functionality while exploring some of the ways that Twitter has been increasingly used in academic settings to foster questioning, collaboration, communication and skills development.


Monday, December 10, 2012 
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room 2053, Wilson Hall, New College

Alexandra Guerson, International Foundation Program

Increasingly, faculty in areas traditionally dedicated to individual work have started embracing collaborative research and assigning group projects to their students. While faculty and administrators discuss at length the issue of collaboration in theory, how does it work in practice? What are some tools and techniques that allow faculty and students, often in different institutions (even different parts of the country!) to collaborate in both teaching and research? In this workshop we will explore the advantages and pitfalls of Google Docs, Dropbox, Zotero, and wikis to collaborate in both research and teaching, as well as brainstorm challenges workshop attendees may have encountered in collaborative work.


Monday, January 21, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room 2053, Wilson Hall, New College

Rochelle Mazar, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UTM

We often tell our students to stay away from Wikipedia. In this workshop, we will look at how editing Wikipedia can become a learning opportunity. When students create a wikipedia account and contribute to it by editing, curating, and explaining a topic, they not only learn course content and communication skills, but also about how Wikipedia works and who gets to write entries. Editing/creating an entry gives students a better understanding of some of Wikipedia’s strengths and weaknesses while extending their work beyond the classroom.


Monday, April 8, 2013
3:00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m. 
Room 2053, Wilson Hall, New College

Matt Price, History Department & New One Program

The practice of Digital Storytelling uses computer-based tools to convey stories — usually related to personal life-history — in a multimedia form.  This workshop will describe a variety of pedagogical approaches to digital storytelling, and some of the tools that are usually used in the practice, and then look in detail at the workshop leader’s experience with a new online tool (popcorn.js) that allows the creation of online “hypermedia” stories.  We’ll discuss the technical, rhetorical, and ethical challenges associated with this new medium as well as the promises it holds for engaged scholarship and pedagogy.



Friday, October 28, 2011 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Alexandra Guerson, International Foundation Program

Tired of PowerPoint? Feeling constrained by your slides? Prezi may be for you! Defined by its creators as a “zooming presentation editor”, Prezi is a web-based presentation tool that lets you bring your ideas, images, videos into one space and see how they relate. In this workshop we will survey some of Prezi’s main features with a special focus on how it can be used in lectures and class discussions.


Friday, December 9, 2011 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Alexandra Guerson, International Foundation Program, Matt Price, Department of History

Blogs are becoming an increasingly important tool for communication, whether as a way of communicating personal information to friends (e.g. within Facebook), or as a replacement or augmentation of older media such as newspapers and academic journals. In this workshop, we will illustrate and discuss some of the scenarios, challenges and rewards of using blogs in the classroom, We will also discuss various options for setting up blogs, from Blackboard, to commercial services, to hosting your own blogs on a local server.


Friday, January 20, 2012 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Jeff Newman, College Librarian, New College

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use alternative to reference management applications like Reference Manager and EndNote. This hands-on workshop will walk participants through using Zotero to collect, organize, annotate, archive and backup research materials, The workshop will also demonstrate how to use Zotero to automatically insert citations and bibliographies into papers, essays, manuscripts and dissertations.


Friday, March 23. 2012 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Matt Price, Department of History Our students are graduating into a world where communication is dominated by the web. What skills do they need to be able to engage effectively in the digital public sphere? How can we combine the teaching of these skills with effective community engagement? In this workshop, we look at concrete examples in which digital humanities assignments have been used as a form of service learning, and discuss what’s involved m creating these kinds of teaching materials.