Communicating via CCLE

Published: January 14, 2020
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As courses increasingly utilize online components at UCLA, the demand for effective online communication tools rises as well, as highlighted in a recent Daily Bruin article about the design and efficacy of online classes. We’d like to address some of these concerns, but also to establish some best practices and effective methods for communicating in…

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Going Serverless with the UCLA Writing Center’s Scheduling App

Published: October 23, 2019

In Fall 2017, UCLA Humanities Technology was faced with needing to undertake a major PHP version upgrade of a locally hosted, custom application that provides web-based 24/7 scheduling for thousands of appointments annually for the Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC). This UWC Scheduler supports thousands of undergrads every year and facilitates the matching of peer writing…

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New Academic Year, New RITCs!

Published: October 3, 2019

We would like to take a moment to introduce our Research and Instructional Technology Consultant (RITC) team for the 2019-20 academic year. While we are fortunate enough to have our veterans Benjamin Niedzielski (Classics and Indo-European Linguistics) and Terrah Jones (Archaeology) returning, joining them this academic year are: Dandi Meng, English, ( Nick Schwieterman, Library…

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Student Activities that Resonate

Published: October 3, 2019

Over the past few terms, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with and support instructors as they create non-traditional assignments in their classes. Despite some of the challenges that may arise with a technical implementation, both direct student feedback and observation indicate these may have a longer lasting impact on students than more traditional writing…

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RITC Call 2019-2020

Published: April 9, 2019
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Humanities Technology is now seeking Research and Instructional Technology Consultants (RITCs) for 2019-20 Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2019 Are you looking for a job that offers fee remissions and real-world professional training in a supportive team environment? Are you open to expanding your higher-ed tech skills? Come join us at Humanities Technology as a…

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Learning Spaces at HumTech

Published: April 9, 2019
Group work in the Rolfe Learning Lab

You might be interested to know that there are a  number of learning and collaboration spaces available to both instructors and students in the Humanities. From our large learning lab to our small recording studio, we may have the right space for your instructional needs. Beginning this year, these spaces are also available for summer…

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Art History Teaching Resources offers a new resource!

Published: January 7, 2019
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Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) is a web-based platform that connects a diverse field of educators in art history, visual culture, and related fields. Begun in 2013 as a peer-populated resource to improve art historical instruction and raise the profile of teaching in the discipline,  AHTR provides an evolving repository of adaptable lesson plans; a…

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Textual analysis and word clouds

Published: December 12, 2018
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If you have done work in the Humanities, you have likely come across the concept of “close reading” — the careful, detailed examination and interpretation of a short passage of text. The understanding gained is precise and, when done well, shows important information about the text as a whole. Close reading, however, can and should…

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Becoming HumTech: Things to know as we change our name

Published: October 25, 2018

On October 17, 2018, our Dean of Humanities announced the launch of Humanities Technology — “HumTech” — as part of an expanded approach to technology support for the Humanities at UCLA. As the Dean’s announcement states, the name “HumTech” more accurately “… reflect[s] this organization’s role as the technology solutions and support center for the…

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Meet our new staff!

Published: October 2, 2018

HumTech welcomes our new Labs Coordinator, Andrew Jessup, and seven members of the Research and Instructional Technology Consultant (RITC) team for 2018-19. Andrew is based in the Learning Lab @ Rolfe (Rolfe Hall 2118). He is a UCLA alum, and joins us from UCSB, where he worked for their library’s Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory. Our RITC…

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