We are pleased to announce the opening of the new DWC center in Bachelor 258–a space designed to foster collaborative digital pedagogy and research (as well as broader community building) in the department. From 12:00 -2:00 on Thursday 1/26, we encourage you to drop by at your convenience to check out the new space, eat food (including some homemade dishes), and share your ideas for how the Digital Writing Collaborative can support your teaching and research.
The center features three desktop computers (two mac, one PC) as well as other equipment (audio and video recorders, laptops) that can be checked out by Jason, Lance, or Scott. We also have a variety of workspaces (tables with plasma screens, a lounge with couches) designed to foster collaboration. Starting next week, Scott Wagar, Lance Cummings, and I will be hosting drop-by consulting hours in the center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 – 2:00, and our undergraduate associate (Gabby Lichtig) will be hosting studio hours there from 5:30 – 8:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
You also can feel free to use the room on your own whenever you like. If you already have a key to a Bachelor or Upham laptop room, then that same key will open BAC 258. If you don’t have a key, you can borrow one from Loretta.
While the DWC center is especially designed to foster digital initiatives (and we will host numerous DWC events there), it also has a broader mission of supporting collaboration among all members of the department. At heart, the DWC center is a space for co-working and conversation–a space that can bring us together outside our isolated offices to reimagine our teaching and scholarship. I encourage you to drop by our opening reception this Thursday (12-2:00) and then to continue to use the center to work, to collaborate, and even to just hang out and chat.