Digital innovation is a core component of transformative pedagogy and scholarly production at Hamilton. LITS Academic Digital Initiatives (ADI) processes expand support across all disciplines for teaching, learning, research, and scholarship. We do so by pulling expertise from across units to form teams that work with faculty and students to address multifaceted project goals.
Academic Digital Initiatives
ADI’s mission is to:
- Create and maintain connections across potential expertise in LITS in support of teaching,learning, research, and scholarship.
- Serve as an incubator for experimental projects (radical innovation) that lead to innovative practices and outcomes.
ADI is the initial consultation and vetting process for teaching, learning, research and scholarship requests that cannot be accommodated through standard services. Requests coming through ADI’s consulting process allows fuller scoping and connection of potential expertise to project needs. ADI creates and maintains connections across curricular, research & scholarship goals. ADI manages connections and innovation through the ability to request expertise from anyone in LITS for solutions/support.
LITS has consolidated existing expertise and resources better to support academic digital initiatives, an important component of the strategic plan. This new arrangement makes it simpler for faculty and students to get started on their digital projects. We have centrally coordinated services, improved opportunities for collaboration, and expanded the possibilities for support.
Transformative pedagogy often requires experimentation and resources. LITS Academic Digital Initiatives works with faculty to scope and develop teaching and learning goals. Whether your goal is to begin exploring, integrate a new component, completely redesign a course, or manage iterative course collections, we will support your ideas and partner with you to seek outcomes that meet your goals.
Scholarly production in the digital world runs the gamut from capturing, analyzing, and visualizing data to communicating findings with rich media, and contextualizing both data and scholarly interpretations in a web presence. We work with faculty and students to support every aspect of scholarly production including consulting on data management and grant proposals to support long term research agendas.
Through LITS Academic Digital Initiatives, we can draw upon expertise from any team in LITS. Contact Associate Director for Metadata & Digital Strategies Lisa McFall, LITS Director of Digital Scholarship Services Janet Oppedisano, or Associate Director for Digital Learning & Research Nhora Lucía Serrano to get your project started.
Lisa works to connect the Hamilton Community with the digital collections and digital resources needed for them to succeed in their academic pursuits. She works to provide direction for LITS’s digital collections from start to finish, including managing the workflow of materials, setting the metadata schema, and prioritizing the collections for digitization and mounting to the repository. Lisa also works to provide campus metadata support, teaching class sessions on metadata as requested, supporting initiatives on campus that have a metadata component, and fulfilling individual faculty and student metadata needs as they arise.
Janet leads digital scholarship services at Hamilton. She serves as project manager and/or coordinator for faculty digital scholarship projects, partners with faculty in the integration of undergraduate students in digital scholarship, creates opportunities for students to develop their digital research methods and skills, and manages budgets and technology resources to support projects. Janet also coordinates internal and external communication and engagement efforts, develops grants and other funding sources, and manages strategic partnerships with internal and external organizations in support of the LITS portfolio. With John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts Rebecca Murtaugh, Janet is Co-PI on Creative Arts & Technology (CAT) funded by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.
Originally from Colombia, Dr. Nhora Lucía Serrano is a trained Early Modern Comparative Literature scholar whose areas of focus include: Technology Enhanced Learning & Educational Innovation, Digital Humanities, History of Book History/Print Culture, Visual Studies (Graphic Narratives and Editorial Cartoons & Comics), Latin America/Latinx, and Medieval And Renaissance Studies.