Create Digital Assignments

Digital course projects can provide students with opportunities to work collaboratively, explore multiple literacies, write for public audiences, and to effectively present critical, creative, and community-engaged scholarship. Digital project assignments are often offered in addition to more traditional writing assignments and assessments, but can build upon those other activities by allowing students to bring their own backgrounds, interests, and skills into their scholarly work. The development of meaningful digital projects can enhance the sense of belonging to a learning community and provide a departure from the more familiar lecture-study-test routine.

As with other types of assignments, multimedia assignments should help to further the learning goals of the course. The McGraw Center can partner with Princeton faculty to develop digital assignments in light of these goals, and to select specific digital  tools and software. Staff from the McGraw Center's Digital Learning Lab can provide assistance and training to both students and faculty in-class or in the state-of-the-art Digital Learning Lab, a classroom space built specifically to support multimedia and digital course assignments.

Mapping and Timelines

Creating maps and timelines can provide a shared context for learning

  • Spatial data visualization
  • Annotated maps
  • Storymaps
  • Timelines

Audio-visual Composition

The development of podcasts and video provide alternative form of scholarly expression.

  • Podcasting
  • Video production

Media Annotation

The collective annotation of media such as readings, video, images, or audio, promote a shared learning community.

  • Perusall
  • Hypothesis
  • Scalar

Blogging & Digital Publishing

A digital assignment involving online publishing takes advantage of tools such as Wordpress on McGraw Commons, Omeka or Scalar to provide an online focal point for coursework.

  • Mcgraw Commons
  • Omeka
  • Scalar

Curation

Curate digital assets from the Princeton University Library, the Princeton Art Museum, or from other sources to create thematic exhibits.

  • McGraw Commons
  • Omeka
  • Mirador

Digital Narratives & Storytelling

Create multimedia resources that use text, maps, audio, and video to tell stories. Digital narratives can compliment and extend more formal academic writing and provide opportunities to express learning using a variety of media.

  • Storymap.js
  • Timeline,js
  • ArcGIS Storymaps

The Digital Learning Lab (DLL)

The McGraw Center’s Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a technology-rich teaching and learning space in the Lewis Science Library that supports the use of and critical reflection upon digital tools and resources in Princeton coursework. With an experienced staff and community of students, the DLL serves as a flexible space for interdisciplinary dialogues around digital pedagogy, or teaching and learning with technology. The DLL actively supports courses with unconventional formats, innovative course assignments, and/or co-curricular digital learning components, such as podcasting,  video production, and other digital projects. 

Read more at the DLL website

McGraw's Digital Learning Lab newly renovated

Contact Us

To learn more about integrating a digital project or assignment into your course, see our Digital Assignments Guides, reach out to the McGraw Center's Educational and Classroom Technologies group, or to the McGraw Center's Digital Learning Lab