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    Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium 2013 Student Panel: Dorm Room Diplomacy
    (2013-10-01) Levine, Zach; Lamas, Andy
    The 2013 symposium explored ways through which courseware and online learning technologies can help us improve face-to-face time in the classroom. Guiding questions included: How can technology change what happens in the classroom? How can we best use our face-to-face time with students? How can we support all learners during face-to-face time? How can we ensure that students do what is needed out of class to be fully prepared during class?
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    Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium Presentation by Jim English
    (2015-10-01) English, Jim
    The 2015 Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium was held on Friday, October 30. We brought together faculty, staff and graduate students for a day of sharing, networking and celebration! Jim English, the John Welsh Centennial Professor of English, Director of the Penn Humanities Forum and Director of the newly-opened Price Lab for Digital Humanities shared ideas for making humanities education relevant and exciting to undergraduate students.
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    Penn and The Surrounding Community
    (2016-10-01) Qualitative Research, SWRK 781:; Frasso, Rosemary
    Photo-elicitation was first named in a paper published by the photographer and researcher John Collier (1957). It involves a qualitative interview stimulated and guided by participant-generated photographs. This method can help break down barriers between researchers and participants and can promote rich and collaborative discussions (Harper, 1994). Each student in the Fall 2016 Qualitative Methods Research Class recruited one study participant (n=25) (undergraduate and graduate students) and trained them in the appropriate and ethical use of this method. Study participants were asked to explore the meaning of “Penn’s relationship with the surrounding community” over the course of one week using their phones to document their exploration. Using the participant-generated photographs to guide conversation, each member of the research team conducted an interview with a participant. Additionally, each student investigator recruited five members of the Penn community (n=125) and asked them to answer a free-listing question designed to help us explore perceptions of Penn’s relationship with the surrounding community.
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    Making Sense of Happiness
    (2015-04-01) Stern, Meredith
    This video won second prize in the 2015 Video contest celebrating student creativity with video and multimedia. The contest theme for 2015 was "What Does Healthy Look Like?" Happiness is such an essential part of health and overall wellness, but what exactly is happiness? I decided to embark on a documentary project to find out, asking both friends and strangers on Penn's campus and nearby in West Philly what happiness means to them. Each person had very interesting definitions, but one theme that came up several times is that happiness is a choice. Happiness is very complex and subjective to be sure, but this struck me as an important truth; we do have a part in our own happiness, and I think that is something important to keep in mind. Credits: Penn students interviewed: Ahmed Mohieldin, Ashleigh Morgan, Vinita Saggurti, Vinesh Arun Vinarun, Melanie Mariano, Simon Benigeri, Jeremy Cohen, Chelsea Atkins, Alex Polyak, Sumun Khetpal, Hynn Jun Kim, Noelle Mcmanus ; People from outside of Penn interviewed: Dana Caputo and Emily Mayer.
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    Suspicious Fires in Slums: A Comparison Across Cities
    (2013-04-01) Bromfield, Heather
    "Suspicious Fires in Slums" presents a vivid visual backdrop to its clearly highlighted points about the issues surrounding slum fires. Heather's poster examines the causes and effects of slum fires in developing cities, highlighting the national flags of Brazil and India. The light-colored text and circular shapes provide an effective contrast to the dark, menacing background. Key visual elements: Bold background image Light/dark image and text contrasts Brief, effective bursts of text This was created for the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium.
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    Session 4: Ordering the Universe of Information
    (2017-02-24) Lor, Peter; Rayward, W. Boyd
    Peter Lor, University of Pretoria In the Background: The Development of International Librarianship during the Period 1870 - 1945 A great deal has been written and much more will no doubt be written, on the rise of documentation during the Belle époque and on the close association of key figures such as Otlet and La Fontaine with universalism and utopianism. Their heroic and ultimately unsuccessful project to create a universal database of scientific literature, and similar initiatives by the Royal Society and others, have overshadowed the international activities of librarians during the same period, which also saw the beginnings of international librarianship as a field of activity. Library activities across borders have a long history, but the word "international" was only invented by Jeremy Bentham in 1789, well more than a century after the creation of the Westphalian system. The word "internationalism" followed in 1843. International library activities in the form of international schemes for the exchange of publications started during the 19th Century and from mid-century gained impetus through national and international meetings of librarians held in conjunction with universal exhibitions. The second half of the 19th Century saw the advent of international conferences of librarians, bibliographers and bibliophiles. The first Anglo-American cataloguing code of 1908 was a product of formal library cooperation between two national library associations. The inter-war period 1918-1939 saw a significant growth in international librarianship. The series of international library and bibliographic conferences culminated in the founding of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in 1927/9. It was also a period of growing US influence in Europe, Latin America and Africa through various processes and carried out by various agents. These included visitors to US libraries who went back to their countries to spread American library ideas, the American Library Association, involved in post-war reconstruction of library services, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the US State Department. The intention of this paper is to paint a broad canvas of the development of international library activity as a backdrop to developments in documentation. I will also pose questions about the relationship between the two fields. What links were there? What were the differences between the protagonists in terms of their professional backgrounds and institutional settings? How did their concerns and emphasis differ, e.g. in terms of bibliographic control? Was this the period of bifurcation, in which documentation, the precursor of information science, drifted away from librarianship? W. Boyd Rayward Paul Otlet and the Organization of Knowledge For fifty years Paul Otlet devoted himself to the study of how the social and epistemic benefits of the knowledge that was buried within what he called "documents" could be identified, extracted and potentiated for world-wide use. His approach was two pronged. First was technical: the creation, rationalisation and international promotion of new techniques for the processing of information. Second was organisational: the deployment of national and international associations and societies which would assume information-related tasks to support the emergence of a new information based global polity. Despite the sudden and shocking disruption of World War I, this new era seemed for a moment to be the inevitable outcome of the pre-war international arbitration and peace movements that culminated in the emergence of the post-War League of Nations and its associated agencies. Like so many, Otlet was soon disillusioned in the League of Nations. During the 1920s and 1930s, he devoted himself to promoting the idea a World City. The Cité Mondiale was to be both a symbolical representation of his vision of a new international polity but also an architectural representation of a planned urban environment for housing the organisations, agencies, services and collections that would be needed for instantiating this vision. At the centre of the Cité Mondiale would rise what we now might call, anachronistically, a global data centre and its related services of information management and dissemination, the Mundaneum. The paper concludes with an analysis of the resonances today of these Otletian projects.
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    Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium 2013: Oceans Online by Jane Dmochowski
    (2013-10-01) Dmochowski, Jane
    Jane Dmochowski, Managing Director of VIPER and Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Sciences, described her experience successfully flipping her Oceanography course using Canvas. The 2013 symposium explored ways through which courseware and online learning technologies can help us improve face-to-face time in the classroom. Guiding questions included: How can technology change what happens in the classroom? How can we best use our face-to-face time with students? How can we support all learners during face-to-face time? How can we ensure that students do what is needed out of class to be fully prepared during class?
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    Poster by Scott Kyle
    (2008-04-01) Kyle, Scott
    Poster submitted for Urban Studies (URBS) 205: People and Design, Dr. Richard Berman Showcase: Berman URBS Courses
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    Night of the (Different Kinds of) Living Dead
    (2011-10-01) Rendon, Juan Felipe
    This course, Mythology and the Movies, investigated the topic of the "Living Dead" in cultures around the world and across time. After studying the theories about the mythologies of zombies, ghosts, vampires, and mummies, the students were assigned a 15-20 page graphic novel that they had to write and illustrate. The story was set during a zombie apocalypse and was required to have a mythological theme and the narrative elements of conflict, change, and choice.
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    Break & Networking
    (2016-06-10) Pelt, Van