Ryan Brazell shared the prep work he did last week framing UMW’s various digital projects for the AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference in Chicago. Just yesterday he presented alongside Tim Owens and Mary Kayler on UMW Domains, the Online Learning Initaitive, and, based on the document below, at least a nod to the nascent Digital Scholars Instititue. If the document Ryan created as a resource for attendees is any indicator, it looks to have been an amazing session.
I really appreciate the way the handout balances the history and vision of DTLT’s work in the “Bags of Gold” section and then goes on to outline the convergence of the various digital initiatives happening at UMW. All of which is topped off with nuts and bolts resources for getting up and running with your own domain as well as a sidebar “Reclaim Toolkit.” I’ve been blogging about much of this work for over eight years now, and I’ve never been able to clarify and synthesize it all so cleanly. It’s such a great document because it captures the spirit of all the digital happenings at UMW so succinctly.
DTLT will be presenting Domain of One’s Own to the Board of Visitors in ten days time, and I think this would be an awesome addition to that presentation as a takeaway. In fact, I’m thinking about re-working this document a bit and printing a couple of hundred to distribute at both my “Reclaim Your Domain” workshop as well as the keynote presentation at Sloan-C talk in Dallas, Texas. Moreover, this would make an awesome addition to DTLT’s website given how crisply it tells our story. It would make a great pointer for the “bio page,” so to speak, for our group. It perfectly frames who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Brilliant stuff. All that said, I still didn’t find the supposed Easter Egg—I think he’s bluffing 🙂