Ohio Five Call for Proposals Seeks Teams for July 2020 CODEX Summer Institute

Posted on January 10, 2020

Ohio Five Initiative Supports Digital Engagement in the Classroom

The Five Colleges of Ohio is pleased to welcome proposals from teams of faculty, librarians, and technologists from the Ohio Five for the inaugural Ohio Five Collaborative for Digital Engagement and Experience (CODEX) Summer Institute to be held at The College of Wooster from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16, 2020. The institute provides space, time and expertise to support the design of courses or pedagogical projects across the curriculum that cultivate critical engagement with digital technologies and methods. Interested applicants can participate in an online information session on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 12-1 pm.  The deadline for submission is February 16, 2020

Digital scholarship and its role in the classroom have deep roots at the Ohio Five. Since 2013, the libraries of the Five Colleges of Ohio have partnered with faculty, technologists, and students to design and develop pedagogical digital projects under The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant Digital Collections: From Projects to Pedagogy and Scholarship. Beginning in 2018, a 33-member cross-college committee developed CODEX as the next step in further integrating digital work in the curriculum. The CODEX Summer Institute offers focused time for teams to collaborate on designing their courses or projects complemented by opt-in workshops on course design, assessment, pedagogical digital platforms, and other topics relevant to the selected cohort's proposals. The goal is to connect these digital practices to the learning goals of the courses and projects in which they are developed. This work, endorsed by our colleges’ provosts and presidents, is designed to:

  • Cultivate more critically-engaged citizens among our students, faculty, and staff

  • Increase digital fluency in teaching and faculty and student research

  • Position our students for post-graduate success through demonstrated leadership in digitally-assisted inquiry in their fields.

The institute invites proposals from teams interested in collaborating on designing pedagogical digital projects that promote critical engagement with technology and digital methods of teaching and scholarship. Teams can design or redesign a new or existing course or develop a pedagogically-centered co-curricular project. Successful proposals should address the question, “Why digital?” What is it about the digital component that allows for engagement with the subject in ways that might be different or otherwise impossible with non-digital approaches? 

Proposals will be reviewed by the CODEX Steering Committee and Ohio Five will notify teams of their application decision by March 2, 2020.  Selected teams will receive stipends of $1,000 for each team member, housing for three nights and breakfast and lunch for each day of the institute.

The expected outcome at the end of the institute for each team is a curricular package that includes the following elements:

  • Clear written learning objectives and an articulation of the ways in which the digital component supports them 

  • A rubric for assessment of students’ work in the course or project

  • A prototype or roadmap for developing the digital component

  • Clearly defined roles for each member of the team upon leaving the institute

  • A plan for taking the course or project forward into the academic year following the summer institute

After the institute, teamwork will continue on campus with Ohio Five workshops and microgrant programs to further develop the curricular projects so they can be implemented in upcoming semesters. These campus-based activities are also open to prospective team members for future institutes, which are envisioned as annual summer events.
To learn more about CODEX and the 2020 Summer Institute, visit the following pages or contact project directors Ben Daigle, Ohio Five Director of Consortial Library Systems, at bldaigle@owu.org or Heather Fitz Gibbon, College of Wooster Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, at hfitzgibbon@wooster.edu

Application information:

CODEX Summer Institute and Call for Proposal Details

Online Information Session on January 22 from 1-2 pm - Details and Zoom Registration Link

Faculty, Library and Technologist Contacts on Each Campus


Project Background:

CODEX Website

About CODEX and the CODEX Committee   

Digital Collections: From Projects to Pedagogy and Scholarship Mellon Project Website