2017-18 Tang Institute Fellows, Projects Announced
The Tang Institute team is pleased to announce a diverse array of new and continuing Institute projects for 2017-18. These efforts touch on a range of exciting topics, from a hybrid workshop that will prepare young women writers to an ongoing study of learning outcomes for students in natural science courses.
We are grateful for the enthusiasm and partnership of the Andover community for imagining and sharing these promising ideas. We look forward to working with our fellows and collaborators, especially the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL) team and our colleagues in Educational Initiatives and the Office of Information Technology, (OIT) to grow these projects during the coming year.
2017–2018 Tang Institute Fellows and Projects
In addition, the Tang Institute is pleased to offer support for the following technology initiatives:
Cognita is designed to expand user engagement with the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection. Together with the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL), and with support from the Tang Institute, Nile Blunt, the Academy’s Geographer-at-Large, is working with a software design firm to develop a digital, interactive interface for the collection. Scheduled to be rolled out to the Andover community this fall, Cognita will enhance teaching and learning with historic maps as works of art, historical records, and scientific documents, among other areas. Students can, for example, embed text, video, images, and web links in order to imbue the maps with greater context and meaning. These capabilities will open up new opportunities within the PA curriculum–across a number of different courses at any grade level. Through a series of events and workshops during the coming academic year, the Andover community will learn how Cognita can serve as an innovative and exciting teaching and learning tool both inside and outside of the classroom.
With their project, Mapping and Teaching the Haitian Revolution, Stephanie Curci and Chris Jones are creating an interdisciplinary course on the Haitian Revolution and its Caribbean and American consequences. Topics will include abolitionism, sentimental literature, national histories, collective memory, and the terms of legitimate revolution. As the project enters its second year, the Tang Institute will offer support for digital tools designed to engage teachers, students, and organizations within and outside the PA community in this work.
Led by Executive Director Asabe Poloma, the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) will develop and implement an online database designed to connect and engage its growing network of alumni, teachers, collaborators, and other stakeholders.
The Tang Institute at Andover is dedicated to cultivating and sharing innovative ideas that center on a common inquiry: How do we prepare students for an increasingly complex and interconnected world? The answers are varied, but Tang Institute pursuits are grounded in Andover’s commitment to connected learning, an educational approach that makes learning relevant to life and work in a digital age and global society. The Institute functions as an ideas lab, drawing together faculty, students, and partners to explore and develop promising, new approaches to teaching and learning—and to bring what’s working into the classroom and the wider world.