Digital Scholarship Institute 2021


The 2021 iteration of DSI was successfully completed. Information below is retained to provide information for those interested in attending future events.

Instructional material for the three steams can be found in the following locations:


The DSI is a three day, immersive, and interactive workshop that focuses on a core set of methodologies and tools that provide both a knowledge base and the confidence to create assignments that reflect the changing nature of teaching and learning in higher-ed.

By the end of this institute, participants will

How the Institute will Function

Normally, the Institute would meet in-person and take advantage of the newly updated Digital Scholarship Lab space in the Rankin Family Pavilion. For this iteration of the Institute, programming will occur synchronously over Zoom / Teams. As the schedule below shows, there are two types of sessions: group sessions, where each participant and facilitator will meet, and stream sessions, where participants will meet only with colleagues interested in the same stream. Group sessions will feature content that is applicable to each stream, while Stream sessions will focus on the particularities of the stream’s main methodology. In this way, we hope that participants will be able to benefit from the insight of the larger group, while also develop a specialized cohort within streams.

Each 45-minute session is interrupted by a 15-minute break (we encourage you to take full advantage of these breaks). Please know that we recognize that participating in a virtual 2.5-day Institute brings with it is own challenges, in addition to the added pressures of working from home. You are not required to be “on” the entire time. We ask that you try to attend and participate during group sessions. During Stream sessions, facilitators and other subject experts will be available for consultation. If you face challenges, or want to bounce ideas off others, Stream sessions are a perfect opportunity to iron out your chosen project.


As a group As a stream
Time DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY3
9:00 - 9:45 Welcome & Setting the Stage Group Discussion: On Digital/Data Fluency Presentations and feedback
10:00 - 10:45 Options and Streams Work with Stream Closing Remarks
11:00 - 11:45 Work with Stream and Librarian Work with Stream  
1:00 - 1:45 Work with Stream Work with Stream  
2:00 - 2:45 Work with Stream Work with Stream  
3:00 - 3:30 End of Day 1 (One positive: one thorn) End of Day 2 (One positive: one thorn)  

Content Streams

DSI2021 will feature three content streams. While participants will be introduced to all three streams during group sessions and presentations, they will choose one stream to work within for the duration of the institute. Each stream will be supported by a lead facilitator.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to analyze, display and communicate data that contains a geospatial component. This stream will present two major GIS inspired tools: ArcGIS Online, a lightweight internet-based application that allows you to create interactive maps and Esri StoryMaps, which combines interactive maps with narrative text, graphic images and other multimedia content to portray your story to the world. Attendees will gain hands-on experience with these two platforms with the end goal of creating a compelling interactive story map. For an example of this technology in action please have a look at the 2020 Esri scholarship winning story map If Coastlines could Talk.


Close reading is an analysis method that helps facilitate an in-depth understanding of a piece of text. The difficulty arises when trying to conduct a close reading exercise in a classroom environment. Attendees will explore Hypothes.is which is a web-based tool that allows a group to collaboratively read through and annotate a document in real time. Simply by providing a link or uploading a PDF a group can create an environment that allows for an engaging, and rich platform to pour over a body of text. The platform can also be natively embedded in the LMS making for a seamless integration with other course work. See the power of Hypothes.is in action with this marked up rendition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Digital exhibits are an excellent way to share and display metadata rich materials digital objects. They are particularly useful in bringing to life digitized material to reach a wider audience. Attendees will dig into the digital exhibit platform CollectionBuilder. This platform is totally web-based and easy to work with. The only requirement is the collection of digital objects that will be showcased. For an example of a fully developed CollectionBuilder site please consult Brock Geodata Listing site.


We are asking participants interested in attending bring with them an idea of what content they would like to work on for their project. Participants will be invited to a SAKAI site with some preparatory material ahead of the first scheduled day of the session.

This workshop is open to any instructor in the Brock Community.

Please sign up here

**This workshop is brought to you by the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab and Brock University Centre for Pedagogicial Innovation. For more information on the DSL check out the website at www.brocku.ca/library/dsl/ or you can e-mail us at dsl@brocku.ca. For more information about CPI check out the website at: https://brocku.ca/pedagogical-innovation/ **

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