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MediaKron Workshop

MediaKron Special Projects Cohort


ATAB invited faculty to submit a proposal for developing a MediaKron project and to join a cohort of faculty developing similar projects. MediaKron is a web-based toolkit for digital thinking and storytelling developed at Boston College for Boston College faculty. In addition to developing a project, faculty have committed to participating in a cohort to collaborate and discuss pedagogical uses of MediaKron and ways in which it can enhance teaching and learning. The cohort will meet monthly during the 2015-16 Academic Year and will provide a report at the end of the project outlining findings that will inform faculty and student use of MediaKron as it continues to evolve as an instructional tool. To learn more about MediaKron, visit

Thirteen faculty cohort members will produce the following projects using MediaKron during the 2015-16 Academic year:

Stephanie Leone and Nancy Netzer, Fine Arts

McMullen Museum Collection

We will be using MediaKron to aid students in Arth 426 in recording information (history, provenance, technique, dimensions, attribution and comparative visual material) on McMullen Museum paintings that will be displayed permanently on the first floor of the new museum building at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue. Students in Arth426 will be conducting research on these paintings and developing their conclusions and sharing their results on MediaKron.

Lichuan Ye, Nursing

Sleep Education Program

I'd like to develop a course website for an innovative Sleep Education Program using MediaKron. With the support from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation and BC TAM grant, I have developed some materials for a 10-hour brief sleep education program for undergraduate nursing students. Over 20 short video clips are developed, which is currently posted on the website as part of the simulation-based learning of this program. I plan to host the sleep education program using MediaKron, and learn to use it as a platform to refine and expand the program. My goal is to tailor the sleep education program for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students, and create a MediaKron site with great resources for BC students.

Eric Weiskott, English

The Vision of William Banastre, A Middle English Alliterative

My research and teaching focus is on medieval literature. I have written an essay providing a critical edition of a 15th-century alliterative poem entitled The Vision of William Banastre.

For my MediaKron Special Project, I plan to use MediaKron to create a companion website for this essay. I am interested in developing forms of contextualization impossible in a print, such as: interactive images of the manuscript; my critical text overlaid on a transcription of the manuscript text; maps and timelines of political events mentioned in the poem; annotations for vocabulary items, with links to dictionary entries; visualization of the rules of alliterative meter.

Christopher Wilson, English

Reading Reportage

I am currently working in MediaKron on an introductory textbook to reading “narrative journalism”—that is, forms of reportage that combine literary technique with investigative reporting. This project is an outgrowth of an undergraduate elective I have taught for over twenty years here at BC, and it is a work-in-progress that I will be vetting at the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies in May 2015. Essentially, I am exploring MediaKron’s capacities for annotation, hypertextual cross-referencing, and textual comparison to display often-hidden elements of reportage: matters connected to sourcing, literary techniques like “free indirect discourse," and the often-rival “story-dimensions” that compete for the reader’s attention. The two introductory chapters already in draft form will also be shared with the undergraduates I will be teaching in Fall 2015.

Laurie Shepard, Romance Languages and Literatures

The Perspective of Literature, ENG2206 & ITAL 3314 Literature and Business

I would like to develop a MediaKron site during the summer of 2015 to supplement the Core Course Literature and Business. The site will serve two purposes: one is to provide social, historical and economic context for the literature with short essays, images and other media, the other is to encourage students to reflect on the different understanding that literature offers a reader. In an interactive “blog” section, students will choose and write briefly on the ways in which a particular event or period in history is refracted differently in historical documents and literary texts. Why did Marlowe and Shakespeare choose a Jewish money-lender as protagonist in a time when there were no Jews in England? Why did Goldoni make a female innkeeper his protagonist, when Venetian society severely restricted the activities of women? Does Henry Galt merely embody Adam Smith’s invisible hand or does the totality of “The Driver” offer a different understanding of capitalism at work?

Laura White, Nursing

Current Issues in Pediatric Primary Care

The purpose of this project is to facilitate clinical learning and to assist pediatric nurse practitioner students in the evaluation and organization of health information by creating a “book” summarizing the management of the most common pediatric problems that will serve as a clinical manual that may be updated by subsequent PNP students.

The students will be assigned a topic and create a page using multimedia information deemed pertinent by the student and edited by faculty organized into the following sections: etiology, incidence, subjective data, objective data, assessment with differential diagnoses, plan, education, referral, follow-up.

Bonnie Rudner, English

Frozen in Time? Disney and Body Images

The enormous popularity of the Disney films (there were 3,000,000 Elsa dresses sold for Halloween, 2014) obscures the fact that the body images in the films have changed very little since the 1950's. Because each character is observed only in the context of his/her own film, my students do not really visualize the similarity between Jafar and Maleficent, or between Maurice, Philip's father, and the Sultan. In addition, there are less obvious concerns: Does Elsa's body become thinner and more sexually appealing once she "Lets it go?" Do Mulan's calves enlarge once she is disguised as Ping? Are Ariel's dimensions altered in human form? Does Tiana, as a frog, have female attributes? Using a technology like MediaKron will enable us to study the images closely and to discover the messages our children and students are inundated with.

Amy Smith, Nursing

St. Ignatius Virtual Hospital: A MediaKron Project

As the Director of Clinical Learning and Simulation Center, I am in a unique position to explore and develop innovative teaching strategies that are far reaching within the school of nursing. This MediaKron project will require collaboration with faculty at all levels and specialties to create an exciting and necessary virtual clinical learning experience for students.

My idea for a MediaKron project will focus on the development of a virtual hospital to provide a virtual library of clinical teaching tools. These tools would support learning, offer remediation, and provide creative replacement experiences. The MediaKron platform will provide the use of multiple media technologies; specifically video, enhanced modules, and audio content to enhance the student's learning.

Both the map feature and timeline of MediaKron will provide structure to the project. The project will use a map of a hospital which would provide a dimensional and engaging aspect of content presentation and organization. The timeline feature will offer an exciting element for students to use this technology to explore clinical content, skills, and knowledge for patients across the lifespan. My idea is to design a hospital with different units representing different aspects of nursing care; both across the lifespan and systems based. Learning experiences could range from skill based learning, i.e. physical examination and foundational skills, to advanced level critical thinking simulations/cases.

The project will involve consulting students, faculty, and standard setting documents for content included in the virtual patient cases. This will ensure that relevant and necessary evidence based learning tools were created and included in this innovative virtual hospital developed using MediaKron.

Martin Scanlan, Higher Education and Educational Leadership

MediaKron for Educational Leaders

This project pilots MediaKron with school administrators to create media with practical applications. First, I will use it in a course on leadership with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students (ELHE 7712; July, 2015). This course helps administrators expand CLD students’ opportunities to learn. Administrators will create interactive maps illustrating community-based organizations that are resources for CLD students. By linking locations on maps with informational pages, MediaKron will create dynamic resources for these leaders.

Second, I will us MediaKron with a new cohort of the Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP). I will use it to facilitate collaborative analysis of current issues in a course on education reform (ELHE 7760; Spring, 2016). By introducing the PSAP cohort to this tool early in their coursework, I hope to lay the foundation for them to utilize it often to facilitate collaborative analysis and to create media with practical use beyond class.

Scott Cummings, Theater Department

Mapping London Theatre

In 2016, I plan to teach a three-week summer course for BC's Office of International Programs on "Contemporary Theatre and Drama in London." The course centers on attending more than a dozen plays in London, visiting museums and sites related to the history of London and its theatre, and practicing critical writing skills. I taught this course in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and I want to try using MediaKron in two ways that I hope will improve the students' learning experience. Students enter the course with little background knowledge, so I will first like to create a multi-media timeline of English theatre history that they would study (and potentially add to) in advance of arriving in London. Then, I would like them to use MediaKron to create an interactive map that amplifies their experience of London and its theatre. The goal is for them to make connections across time and space, to promote both historical perspective and a cultural geography for one of the world's greatest cities.

Johann Sadock, Romance Languages and Literatures

Giving a Second Life to Au-Dela Du Regard: Recontres Multiethniques

I propose to update and expand my Web-based project, Au-dela du regard: recontres multiethniques, which is currently being transferred onto the MediaKron platform. Au-dela du regard is a web-based project that deals with multiculturalism in France. It's main pedagogical objective is to deepen students' understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity in France while improving language skills. However, since this project was initially conceived and developed, significant socio-political changes and historical events have taken place. In order for this project to further fulfill its original pedagogical objective and provide BC students with a better knowledge and understanding of the new questions, challenges and issues that arise with such changes, Au-delà needs to be given a second life.

Thanks to the MediaKron platform, users of Au-delà will now be able not only to keep a trace of their exploration for themselves and other users, but also to generate and contribute new content-- links to new clips, Web pages, articles, images, questions and comments, etc. The MediaKron platform will also allow users to review each other’s findings online.

Joseph Nugent, English

Expansion of Dubliner’s Bookshelf

The nature of this project is the expansion and adaptation of Dubliners Bookshelf through the Mediakron platform. The bookshelf layout and reading application developed for Dubliners Bookshelf will compliment the suite of tools offered by Mediakron by offering instructors and students a way to curate a collection of texts and explore theories of intertextuality and citation. I am particularly keen to explore the kind of annotation tools that will be embedded in Mediakron. Workshopping TEI is another element I wish to explore.

An experimental Bloom’s Bookshelf project could stretch further into the world of digital humanities. If the data sets are available to library holdings and, more interestingly, borrowings at the period, a correlation between these fictional books and the real books available in Dublin at that time could be modeled: an interesting project, building on this one, for a further class.