WIT Projects - 2007
Professor Hank Art’s course, the Natural History of the Berkshires delves into the biology, geography, climate and history of the Berkshires. The georeferencing, rubbersheeting and compiling of aerial photographs from 1942, 1952 and 1970 will be an important resource for students. In order to make the georeferenced images easily-accessible to students and the general public, images were uploaded onto the Natural History of the Berkshires database using ContentDM. We also made updates to the site, improving navigation and updating site maps.
American Studies Website
The American Studies Program needed a website that was more modern and more professional to better reflect the program on the internet. A new site was designed from scratch and constructed using the content management system Symphony to make it easy to update and so more likely to stay in use. The new site has updatable faculty and course lists as well as information from the old site with collages of appropriate images.
Professor Jay M. Pasachoff worked with WIT to produce an educational video about the sun. The video combines impressive solar images gathered by NASA and Professor Pasachoff with original footage and narration captured on the Williams College campus. Providing a concise and informative survey of the science behind studying the sun, the video is appropriate for use in high school and college classrooms.
Experiential Learning Module
We made a website that will introduce students in a number of classes across a wide variety of disciplines to key concepts in employee ownership and workplace democracy. Using footage from a recent documentary, we introduce the case of an employee-owned factory in Pittsfield, MA. The site includes exercises - a Flash game and a text-based problem - through which students try their hand at negotiating issues involving employee ownership.
Jewish Studies Website
We designed a completely new look, more modern for the Jewish Studies site, tying in to themes of exile and the rich traditions of Jewish culture and history. The site was also expanded to include more content, including extended faculty biographies, more links, and more detailed descriptions of courses and requirements.
Labview required substantial design overhal, to make the program more user-friendly to those not familiar with the programs. By redesigning the image and rearranging the functions so that they followed a uniform and engaging style, LabView becomes easier to navigate by the large number of students who come into contact with it for labs and projects. Also, the internal code, which is fairly unique in that it utilizes block (image) diagrams rather than text code, was rendered more efficient and effective.
Latina/o Studies Website
Create a website for the Latino/a Studies program.
Leadership Studies Web Site
We redesigned the Leadership Studies webpage, and ended up with a clean and professional-looking result. The site includes faculty profiles, news and events, information on the purpose of the program and requirements for the concentration, a section on the Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy, and contact information for current concentrators. Everything is easily updateable.
The Renewable Energy Data Visualization
The site created for Professors Robert and Ilona Bell features diverse content, including over 180 clips from numerous movie versions of 10 of shakespeare's plays; articles about Shakespeare and his plays; and images and cartoons relating to the Bard. The clips, which are the main focus of the site, play with matching text that runs alongside the clip for comparison, or as a full-screen version intended for classroom and lecture use.
Three years ago, WIT interns made a digital video archive for Professor Dudley's class on the significance of sports. This project's goal was to update the appearance and content of the archive. The home page and archive were redesigned to be more visually appealing and the archive was added to and updated for when Professor Dudley teaches the class again.
The training video DVD was created to give prospective judges a full overview of the ethics bowl competition, as well as an introduction to competition procedures and responsibilities on the day of the competition The video introduces the four criteria central to judging and also includes a brief clip of an actual team presentation, emulating the actual ethics bowl situation. Each DVD includes a printable copy of the cases and scoresheet so the judges have a hard copy to reference during the film.