Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED) Program

Create with SPEED logoEach Spring, the Swarthmore College Libraries and ITS invite all current employees to submit proposals to Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED). SPEED awards provide dedicated support from software developers, librarians, academic technologists, and student interns for an eight-week period of project development. Awards do not typically fund purchases of equipment or software. With a SPEED project team's help, faculty and staff can create a new digital object or resource that enhances teaching or facilitates undergraduate research.

Successful projects always meet three key criteria:

  • a clear focus on enhancing undergraduate learning.
  • a scope that can be completed in eight weeks or fewer.
  • a plan to be put into use in the coming academic year.

Submit a proposal by March 30th, 2015.

Apply to Become a SPEED Intern

Are you interested in working this summer with ITS and the Libraries on technology projects while learning new skills?   Perhaps you want to bring out your inner Martin Scorsese and help create instructional films or animations?    If so, we invite you to apply for a SPEED internship.  For the last three summers,  SPEED interns have created professional quality instructional videos for physical chemistry labs and Russian language classes,  ebooks for use by deaf children, a web interface for the Crum Wood Productivity database, online cognitive psychology experiments and more.

SPEED interns must be able to complete project work on a deadline, both independently and as a member of a group. Project work will take place from June 8th-July 31st. Preference will be given to student workers who are able to work full-time hours (35 hours/week) over the entire project period.
Because SPEED projects may require a broad range of skills, we are looking for both programmers and videographers. A SPEED intern will identify with at least one of the following skill sets, although we do not expect individual candidates to possess them all:

Preferred Programming Skills

  • Familiarity with markup and programming languages, including: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Python and/or LaTeX.
  • Experience with or interest in learning tools and methods used in digital humanities research.
  • Web user interface and design, including web-based multimedia, social media, and web usability/accessibility.
  • Familiarity with web servers and Linux a plus.

Preferred Video and Productions Skills

  • Experience editing video with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro.
  • Familiarity with Adobe After Effects.
  • Comfortable filming using DSLRs and/or professional HD video cameras.
  • Lighting/sound/production crew experience

Submit your application by March 22nd, 2015.

Background & History

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