Summer Educational eProject Development (SEED) Program
The Academic Technology team in ITS developed the SEED program in 2012 to encourage and support innovation by instructional staff. Based on the initial year's tremendous success, we continue to solicit and develop projects annually. Starting in 2013, SEED beame a joint effort of the Swarthmore College libraries and ITS to further expand the range of projects that instructors may propose.
Each spring, we invite all current instructional staff to apply for SEED project support. Accepted SEED projects receive dedicated assistance from web and mobile software developers, library professionals, academic technologists, and student interns for an eight-week period of technical development in the summer. The most important criterion for a successful project is that it should enhance teaching or facilitate undergraduate research.
In 2013, we received 15 proposals. Work on eight selected projects will be completed in June and July, 2013.
In 2012, we received 17 proposals. The following projects were accepted and completed.
Enhancing Physical Chemistry Lab with Digital Video, Josh Newby.
Production of three pre-lab videos that substitute for in-class lectures.
Online Cognitive Psychology Experiment for Teaching, Frank Durgin.
Production of online demo experiments for Psychology students to use in the classroom. The project was designed as an open educational resource that other educators can use in their instruction.
View the experiments.
"The Muslim in Russia" Course Web Site, Sibelan Forrester.
Course web site for this new course that will also be an open resource for other professors of Russian language and literature.
View the "The Muslim in Russia" course site.
Building a Swarthmore WeBWorK library, Cheryl Grood, Aimee Johnson
Professors and students learned how to write new problems in the scripting language of the math homework system, WebWorK. Various math and statistics problems were coded toward the creation of a rich, local library of potential homework questions.
View the WebWork library.
Assignment Creation from Database of Problems, Erik Cheever.
Creation of a graphical user interface for building and distributing homework assignments from an existing pool of Engineering problems.
View the Assignment Creation app.