Learn how to use Scalar to create scholarly and pedagogical digital projects in this hands-on Ohio Five workshop.
Ohio Five faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Zoom workshop to learn Scalar on Saturday, October 17 from 10-noon, led by Catie Heil, Digital Curation Librarian at the College of Wooster, and Megan Mitchell, Academic Engagement Librarian and Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Oberlin College. Organized by the Five Colleges of Ohio Digital Collaborations Group, this workshop is offered as part of the Ohio Five Collaborative for Digital Engagement and Experience (CODEX) which is supported in part by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Scalar is an authoring and publishing platform for creating long-form born-digital projects that juxtapose text with visually rich multimedia content (images, video, interactive visualizations, audio) in both linear and nonlinear forms.
This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the platform. It will cover the features that make Scalar unique among publishing platforms and discuss its strengths and weaknesses as they apply to a range of digital pedagogy and scholarship. The workshop will include both instruction and interactive hands-on sessions that will give attendees time to become familiar with Scalar's interface and begin to build projects of their own.
Attendees will be granted access to a Scalar sandbox site hosted by the Five Colleges of Ohio which will allow for practice and experimentation both during and after the workshop. Access to the sandbox site will remain active for 90 days following the workshop.
For a few examples illustrating a variety of scholarly and pedagogical approaches, visit the
following Scalar projects developed by Ohio Five faculty, staff, and students:
- Popular Protest in Postwar Japan: The Antiwar Art of Shikoku Gorō, Ann Sherif, Professor of Japanese, Oberlin College. The project was developed as a resource for both general audiences or for courses in history, Asian studies, art, politics, and peace studies
- Frankenstein: A Digital Edition, Jacob Heil, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Director of CoRE, College of Wooster. This project was developed collaboratively by students in a first-year seminar course.
- The Moment Seizes Us: Study Abroad in Turku, Finland. Langyi Ye, ‘20, Denison University. A travelogue created for Denison’s “Home to the Hill” course in which students reflect on time spent studying abroad.
To sign up for the workshop, complete the registration form by Thursday, October 8, 2020. Attendees will receive further instructions about participation following the closing of the registration period.