Save the Date for January Call for Proposals for 2021 CODEX Summer Institute

Posted on November 30, 2020

Collaborative for Digital Engagement and Experience (CODEX) will invite 10 campus teams to design or redesign courses incorporating student digital projects at July 2021 summer institute.

In January 2021, The Five Colleges of Ohio will issue a call for proposals from teams of faculty, librarians, technologists and students from the Ohio Five for the second Ohio Five Collaborative for Digital Engagement and Experience (CODEX) Summer Institute, to be held in July 2021. The institute provides space, time and expertise to support the design of courses or pedagogical projects across the curriculum that cultivate critical engagement with digital technologies and methods. An information session will be held in mid-January for prospective applicants to learn more about the institute and the proposal process. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2021.

Digital scholarship and its role in the classroom have deep roots at the Ohio Five. Since 2013, the libraries of the Five Colleges of Ohio have partnered with faculty, technologists, and students to design and develop pedagogical digital projects under TheAndrew W. Mellon Foundation grant Digital Collections: From Projects to Pedagogy and Scholarship. Beginning in 2018, a 33-member cross-college committee developed CODEX as the next step in further integrating digital work in the curriculum.  A pilot virtual institute was held in July 2020 that resulted in seven courses, some of which have already been taught in the Fall 2020 semester while the remaining projects will be conducted in the Spring and Fall 2021.

The five-day CODEX Summer Institute offers focused time for teams to collaborate on designing their courses or projects. During the week, teams will develop their learning goals, develop assessments, explore and prototype technologies appropriate for their projects, all while engaging in discussion with teams from other colleges and participating in workshops designed specifically for the summer’s cohort. The goal is to connect digital projects to the learning goals of the courses and co-curricular initiatives  in which they are developed. This work, endorsed by our colleges’ provosts and presidents, is designed to:

  • Cultivate more critically-engaged digital citizens among our students, faculty, and staff
  • Increase digital fluency in teaching and faculty and student research
  • Position our students for post-graduate success through demonstrated leadership in digitally-assisted inquiry in their fields. 

The institute invites proposals from teams interested in collaborating on designing pedagogical digital projects that promote critical engagement with technology and digital methods of teaching and scholarship. Teams, which can include Ohio Five faculty members, librarians, technologists, and students, can design or redesign a new or existing course or develop a pedagogically-centered co-curricular project. Successful proposals should address the question, “Why digital?” What is it about the digital component that allows for engagement with the subject in ways that might be different or otherwise impossible with non-digital approaches?

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of reviewers with representation from each college and the Ohio Five will notify teams of their application decision by March 31, 2021. Selected teams will receive stipends of $1,000 for each team member and a one-time microgrant of $1,000 for the team’s project to support continued development following the institute.

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