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Distributed Online Collaborative Courses with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, for the Virtual Exchange Faculty Showcase: Connecting Classrooms Around the World
Rosenberg, Leah R.
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Distributed Online Collaborative Courses with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)Virtual Exchange Faculty Showcase: Connecting Classrooms Around the World Presentation slides: Leah Rosenberg,


DOCC: Original Inspiration and Objectives: To teach dLOCs growing collection of Early Anglophone Caribbean literature and provide explanatory materials for scholars, students, and the public. J.J. Thomas Froudacity Claude McKay Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads The Poetry of Una Marson The All Jamaica Library The Independence anthology of Jamaican literature And, nearly all books written by Herbert de Lisser


Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, & the Making of Modern Caribbean Literature: Course Description Concurrent migrations of Chinese and Indian indentured laborers to the Caribbean and Afro Caribbean workers to and from the Panama Canal, at the turn of the twentieth century, profoundly influenced the style and scope of modern Caribbean literature. Both migrant groups worked under difficult conditions for exploitative wages, yet members of each managed to save enough to enter the educated middle class. Their cultural forms and political aspirations shaped Caribbean literary production as well as anti colonial political movements. In this course, students learn how to use digital, print, and audiovisual archival material related to these migrations to enrich their reading of Caribbean literature. S cholars, librarians, and students at the three institutions will collaborate We will hold some class discussions online and students at all three campuses will learn how to use create finding aids, revise metadata, and produce Digital Humanities projects such as curated exhibits to enhance the digital archives we use. We will read works by Claude McKay, H.G. de Lisser Marcus Garvey, George Lamming, V.S. Naipaul, Ismith Khan, Ramabai Espinet Meiling Jin and Patricia Powell.


The Collaboration pilot for intercollegiate digital humanities coursessupported by libraries of all three institutions taught in fall 2013 and spring 2016 as a hybrid course with collaboration Dhanashree Thorat DH expert, PhD candidate Kim Bain, Research Assistant


What is a DOCC? Distributed Online Collaborative CourseA DOCC is a Distributed Online Collaborative Course. It is a feminist rethinking of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that has been widely used in distance learning education. A MOOC is pedagogically centralized and branded by a single institution. FemTechNet seeks to enhance the system using feminist principles and methods that support a decentralized, collaborative form of learning. The fundamental difference is that the DOCC recognizes and is built on the understanding that expertise is distributed throughout a network, among participants situated in diverse institutional contexts, within diverse material, geographic, and national settings, and who embody and perform diverse identities (as teachers, as students, as media-makers, as activists, as trainers, as members of various publics, for example). Excerpted from FemTechNet : -for -femtechnet/


Faculty & Librarian Collaboration Collaborative design of syllabus including assignments, incorporating archival research techniques and introducing digital humanities aims and toolsPooling resources for guest lectures & for digitizing materials (5 guest speakers online, streamed to three campuses, supported by Academic Technology at Amherst and included as videos in dLOC ) Working with librarians from each campus to choose appropriate technology and design technology based assignments and then to teach these to students


Final projects as exploration of DH + interests


Student Metadata Assignments Make West Indians Visible in the Archive of Canal Construction I selected this item because it struck me as unusual and relatively unique. After looking at the photographs in Smathers Room 100, I noticed that not many of them had a West Indian central figure, especially the ones that were trying to capture the glory of the Panama Canal. For this picture to have a Canal worker as a primary figure is very interesting. I thought that it worked even better to emphasize the power and strength needed to finish the construction of the Canal, and gave a voice to one of the workers we seldom hear from. Having him stand and look out over his, and his peoples great effort, and asses s the final product is quite powerful. I appreciate the effort that the photographer and Underwood and Underwood took with this photo to document not only the achievement of the Panama Canal in the eyes of Americans, but in the eyes of the workers as well Chelsi Mullen East chamber of Gatun Lock after filling, showing Gatun Lighthouse, Panama


Gaps and false certainty in MetadataTitle: "Native on Back Description of a photograph of what appears to be an Amerindian or West Indian family Panama. The title is actually a note indicating that there is the word Native penciled on the back of the image.


Cover for Scalar Book containing the Mapping Assignment


The Class was divided into five cross -campus working groups, each mapped key locations in Eric Walronds Tropic Death, an influential Harlem Renaissance collection of short stories set in West Indian communities in Latin American and the Caribbean and the ships that connected these communities in Panama, Guyana, Barbados, and Honduras and Jamaica.


Karina Vado elucidated the significance of the reference to Tela in Walronds The Yellow One.


The Opening of Eric Walronds Tropic DeathAmong the motley crew recruited to dig the Panama Canal were artisans from the four ends of the earth. Down in the Cut drifted hordes of Italians, Greeks, Chinese, Negroes a hardy, sundefying set of white, black and yellow men. But the bulk of actual bfown for the work was supplied by the dusky peons of those coral isles in the Caribbean ruled by Britain, France and Holland. At the Atlantic end of the Canal the blacks were herded in boxcar huts buried in the jungles of Silver City; in the murky tenements perilously poised on the narrow banks Faulkes river: in the low, smelting cabins of Coco Te. The Silver Quarters harbored the inky ones, their wives, and pickaninnies .


West Indian Migration to Panama in Tropic Death by Dhanashree Thorat


Roberto Reids description is the main source for locating Silver city or Silver living quarters and provides two possibilities of where the story takes placeThe area known as Rainbow City today showed up in maps as a little settlement called Guava Ridge during the French Canal construction era of the 1880s. After the Americans acquired the rights to build the Canal in 1904, the area already included a townsite at Folks River (called Fox River up to 1915), which consisted basically of a collection of small, portable houses that had been put up by the French and were in disrepair. At the time the Americans inherited 24 main buildings in three rows between the railroad shops and the main line. There also existed a settlement on the shores of Limn Bay, overlooking Telfers Island. This area, which came to be known as Camp Bierd included a few houses for families but mostly consisted of crowded one-story barracks for dock workers. (Emphasis in the original, (Roberto Reid, The Silver Townships Rainbow City Part I, Silver People Chronicle)


1944 Map Landfills have already changed the citys shape.




Housing for silver workers at Camp Bierd 19081909 Source: A. B. Nichols Photograph Album 2, Linda Hall Engineering Library


1845 When Colon was an island called Manzanilla


1924 Charles Owen Map


Current Image of Colon from Google Maps