Monthly Archives: March 2010

Using Technology to Teach Contemporary Political Conflicts

March 31, 2010

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Thorpe Center, Ames Library

Can YouTube, Facebook, or Second Life teach us new ways of exploring the dynamics of protracted political conflicts, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The objective of this session is to explore new ways of using technology to expand our intellectual and pedagogical understandings of conflicts. For example: does Palestine exist in Second Life, and if so, what does it look like? What are the Israeli/Palestinian narrative representations on YouTube, and how can those skew American public opinion? What role, if any, does web 2.0 have to play in how we teach and learn about the dynamics of conflicts?

In this session, Ronnie Olesker , Assistant Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University, will present how she has incorporated the technologies above into her teaching about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, and what avenues of further research she continues to explore. She will then facilitate a discussion on ways in which user-generated media can affect conflict dynamics and the way we teach conflict in the classroom.

This NITLE session, sponsored by The Ames Library and the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable, is open to faculty, staff and students.

Design a New Banner for Digital Commons

The Digital Commons Team at Ames Library invite faculty, staff and students to redesign the banner for Digital Commons (pictured above).  We’re looking for a banner that communicates the intellectual vibrancy and creativity of students, faculty and staff in our campus community.

Digital Commons @ IWU is an online archive of student and faculty work that reflects the nature of the intellectual, creative and scholarly culture of our campus. DC@IWU serves also as the central location for University records and campus history.  For our goals, please visit the Digital Commons homepage.

When we think of DC@IWU, words that come to mind are: open access, sharing, scholarship, intellectual, creative, preserve, students, faculty, scholarship, community, excellence, safe, secure, findable, citable, easy to share.

Required Technical Criteria

Size: 980px wide and 125px in height

Format: Please submit your entry in Illustrator. The winning entry will be converted to jpg for the web.

Other: Please reserve a 520 pixel area on the left hand side of the banner for the banner text. The banner text changes as you move through the different collections in Digital Commons. For example, the home page banner text reads “Digital Commons,” but the text for the alumni magazine reads “Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine


The winning entry will be the new logo for Digital Commons @ IWU and will be used for print marketing materials as well. Visa gift cards will also be given to the winning entry, second place and third place.

Submission of Entries:

Please send your entry via email to: Stephanie Davis-Kahl at The Ames Library.

Deadline/Announcement of winner:

The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm on Monday, April 12. The winners will be contacted via email and announced on the Ames Library Blog on Friday, April 23, 2010.


Members of the Library Advisory Committee, University Communications and the Digital Commons Team will judge entries and select the winners.


Please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl.