Paper Session 3: New Frontiers in Digital Humanities and the Sciences



Friday, September 19, 2014 -
8:15am to 9:30am


About This Session

Paper 1: Developing Library Services for Digital Humanities & E-Science Support Using Qualitative Research

Clarke Iakovakis & Rafia Mirza, University of Texas at Arlington

The UT Arlington Library recently underwent a total staff reorganization, during which a department of scholarly communications was created, consisting of a Director, a Digital Humanities Librarian, and a Data & E-Science Librarian. These roles were new to the library, and were positioned to provide services to the university that had not yet been offered in a formal, centralized way.

Our first step was to understand what kind of support faculty needed in the areas of digital research support and data management and curation. We conducted a series of interviews across campus, including the Vice Presidents of the Office of Information Technology and Research Administration, deans of colleges, and several faculty members. We asked questions on what technologies researchers are using, what technology support they need, where they store their data during and after research projects, their experience with data management plans, the role of digital projects in the tenure evaluation process, and attitudes on data sharing and open access.

We then transcribed these interviews, identified patterns and common themes, and classified each as a strength, weakness, opportunity, or threat (SWOT). Our poster will cover the entire research process including recruitment and interviews, highlight the themes and findings, and present how we used the analysis to develop our services.

Paper 2: Transmedia Book: Jasmin Jumps Aboard

Sumreen Ilyas Asim, Pamela Ponners, Tandra Tyler-Wood, University of North Texas

Inquiry is, by its nature, a personal process, unique to individuals. Bransford, Brown and Cocking (2000) in How People Learn posits the best understanding of science occurs when a learner takes what they have learned from activities and programs that raise interest and confidence. The purpose of this poster session is threefold. First, to provide an overview of STEM education and process skills that unite the content areas. Then, to introduce informal learning environments. Next, to discuss implementation of educational technology in supporting informal STEM; by highlighting and introducing a transmedia book as K-2 supplemental curriculum. Lastly, to present potential uses of this educational technology in informal STEM emphasizing a leaner-centered, experiential, and authentic learning, and the ideal role of facilitation and social interaction by an educator. The book Jasmine Jumps on Board follows the journey of Jasmine as she is introduced to STEM vocabulary and concepts. Through her interest in trains Jasmine learns about colors, shapes, and how the two are used to create buildings and other structures in her immediate and global community.

Paper 3: Teaching beyond the Classroom Walls: Measuring the effects of Informal STEM

Sumreen Ilyas Asim, University of North Texas

Presently, there is a lack of research related to prospective teachers and informal science teaching; particularly, regarding science methods courses, in teacher education programs, for elementary school teachers. There is a need to redesign science methods courses, to create promising classroom practices, to improve the approach to prepare prospective teachers for teaching elementary school science. The purpose of this mixed-methods study is to examine how prospective teachers beliefs in science methods courses, change towards teaching science when exposed to a 4 prong intervention; in order to bridge formal and informal learning.  The intervention consisted of: Project Wild activities, Virtual fieldtrips, Elem Fork Science Center, and Outdoor Learning.  The prospective educators’ beliefs towards science teaching are measured through pre- and post- beliefs surveys and analyzed by running an ANOVA. The qualitative data through drawings and interviews have been coded for themes. The intervention has shown a positive impact of the intervention.


Clarke Iakovakis

Clarke Iakovakis obtained his BA in History from Texas State University in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he began working at a local public library and decided to obtain his MS in Information Studies, which he achieved in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a Research & Instruction Librarian at The University of Houston - Clear Lake.

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Rafia Mirza

Rafia Mirza (@librarianrafia) is a Humanities librarian at Southern Methodist University and the liaison to History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and World Languages and Literatures.  Her work focuses on Digital Humanities and Digital Project Planning.

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Sumreen Ilyas Asim

Sumreen Asim, Doctoral Student and Adjunct at UNT, is a native New Yorker with subcontinent heritage, who relocated to Dallas over a decade ago. She a certified teacher who has taught both in both private and public schools, as well in the traditional university setting and on-line. She holds teaching licenses for elementary, middle and high school; specializing in Science Education.

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