Proposal for “Play” Session with Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Institution will formally launch its new  digital learning space/platform called the Smithsonian Learning Lab June 27-29, 2016.  Learning Lab users create and share collections from the more than 1.4 million (and growing) digital assets from the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers and National Zoo.  In addition to the Smithsonian’s collection users can import digital content into their collections from their own, or other sources.

This short play session will offer participants the opportunity to register for a Learning Lab account, research and create a thematic collection, and practice using some of the tools to highlight and annotate images.  As time allows the group may discuss how to adapt existing assignments to benefit from this platform or use for something new, altogether.

Note:  The soft launch of the platform was last fall.  Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Access staff trained a team of Montgomery College faculty and I will have some examples and stories to share from that experience.

Requirements:  laptop or tablet (or smart phone) using Chrome or Safari.





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About Sara Ducey

I serve as Collegewide Chair for Integratives Studies and as director for the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College. I am committed to supporting creative, interdisciplinary learning environments for students and for faculty. I manage the MC-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship Program and we are just celebrating the completion of a year-long pilot Fellowship with the Library of Congress that served faculty as well as librarians. Last summer I had the pleasure of participating in the DH@theCC program in Eugene, Oregon run by Anne McGrail and others. I earned a B.S. in plant and soil science from University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in human nutrition from Michigan State University and and very recently completed an M.P.H., in environmental health science at the University of Maryland, College Park.