Digital Learning Center
Technology Across Disciplines
Because Hamilton [Innovates]
“In order to change the world, future generations need more than ideas; they need the ability to actually implement those ideas. Students come to Hamilton to solve problems for which there are no answers in the back of the book.” – Joe Shelley, vice president, library and information technology services
Just as we teach students to write and speak well, we want our students — no matter their academic concentration — to understand the power and limits of computing processes; the potential uses of data, analytics, and computer modeling; the use of digital media to communicate and collaborate; the privacy, security, and other ethical and societal implications of living in an online world; and the basics of information fluency, including how to find, organize, evaluate, and interpret online information.
Achieving this new academic priority will require investments in additional faculty, technologists, and a new digital learning hub and research incubator that will foster digital discovery and provide support for our faculty and students to create, share, and explore digital learning and research.
Over time, by incorporating the initiatives funded through this campaign, Hamilton students will leave College Hill with four proficiencies fundamental for future success:
- they will write well
- they will speak persuasively
- they will demonstrate quantitative literacy
- they will exhibit digital fluency
Because Hamilton is the College’s response to an exciting new mode of communication and understanding that ensures students will not only find their future, but are prepared to lead their professions.
Faculty Using Digital Concepts in Their Courses
Enrollments and concentrations in computer science are up, but faculty across the curriculum are also applying technology concepts, as evidenced by digital projects supported by Hamilton educational technologists, instructional designers, and the academic support team.
That's something I wish I had when I was younger; I never saw anyone who looked like me, or just a woman, who was in computer science or software engineering or anything like that.
For Asiruwa, hearing from computer science students at her alma mater was a happy surprise. “Being able to reach back to students has really been important for me, and I’m glad that they feel like they can reach out to me,” she said, always on the look-out for ways to help prospective computer scientists.
“When asking her to write a story for the Coding Team newsletter, I was encouraged to find out that she too faced difficulties at times,” said Jiin Jeong ’21, team senior advisor. “I feel that people don't often talk about challenges that they went through and I really appreciated her honest response.”
Asiruwa would like to continue the volunteer work she did with Girls Who Code.
“That's something I wish I had when I was younger; I never saw anyone who looked like me, or just a woman, who was in computer science or software engineering or anything like that,” she said. She’s hoping to inspire girls to pursue the field that she loves.
I know we can make, we can create, technology that makes this less burdensome and simpler for those affected by diabetes. And that is a really good driving force.
That would galvanize the family and change the direction of Kimball’s career.
With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce the insulin that regulates glucose and enables cells to produce energy. Intimately involved with managing his son’s blood glucose level, Kimball’s brother-in-law, Bryan Mazlish, was surprised by the primitive state of dosing technology and decided there had to be a better way. Creating one became a family mission, led by Mazlish and that included his wife (Kimball’s sister), who is a physician with years of experience managing her own diabetes; Kimball’s father, who has a doctorate in electrical engineering; and Kimball himself.
Through trial, innovation, and reverse engineering they came up with a better, easier way for Mazlish and his wife to monitor their son’s blood sugar throughout the night. Monitoring is a critically important task that had required them to go to their son every couple of hours. That changed — Mazlish and his family crew developed a continuous glucose monitor that worked remotely.
Digital technology and modes of thinking are changing the world and Hamilton prepares its graduates to work effectively in this new environment