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  1. Guides to Readings in Information Culture
  2. Guides to Online Learning & Research
  3. Transcriptions (LCI) Course Technology
  4. Resources for Instructors
  5. Developer Utilities


Guides & Utilities

Transcriptions develops materials to support the use of digital technology, new media, and the Internet for learning and research. While some of these resources are specific to the project (e.g., tutorials for technology in the Transcriptions digital studio, the Coursebuilder system that allows faculty to publish course web sites), many are designed to be generally useful and to serve Transcription's larger mandate as a demonstration project.

ranscriptions uses these resources to complement hands-on guidance in new technologies delivered through workshops and drop-in technical support hours.

I. Guides to Readings in Information Culture

  1. Bookshelf (Descriptions and mini-reviews of works in a variety of media that developers of the Transcriptions project or speakers in its colloquium series have been reading. These are the works that are helping to shape the intellectual direction of the Transcriptions project. The Bookshelf is a searchable database.)

  2. Guide to E-Literature (annotated catalogue of representative works of hypertext fiction, poetry, and theory in a variety of media, both offline and online works; includes a guide to the Transcription studio's library of publications by the Eastgate company)

II. Guides to Online Learning & Research

  1. Online Research Resources (library catalogues, digital text archives, periodical indices, etc.; includes both general-access and UCSB-only resources)

  2. Online Reference Resources (dictionaries, thesauri, atlases, encyclopedias, etc.)

  3. Online Resources for Writing and Speaking (grammer and style guides, writing tips, advice on oral presentations, etc.)

  4. Evaluating & Citing Online Resources (checklists, exercises, examples, and annotated links; also includes a printable form to use in tracking and evaluating online sites)

III. Guides to Transcriptions (LCI) Course Technology

  1. Web-Authoring Basics (basic outline of the process required to download, revise, and upload web pages associated with Transcriptions courses)

  2. Learning Web-Authoring (Web-Authoring Resources) (design and how-to advice for both beginning and advanced Web authors; includes links to HTML and design style guides, help with images, and examples of good and bad design)

  3. Getting Started with Dreamweaver (beginner's tutorial with step-by-step instructions for setting up a site in Dreamweaver, creating a page, and uploading it)

  4. Uweb Publishing Basics (for UCSB Students with Umail Email Accounts) (step-by-step guide to making your first page and uploading it to the UCSB Uweb server)

  5. Scanning Basics (step-by-step instructions based on the scanner in the Transcriptions studio give beginners a sense of the process for scanning images for use on a Web page)

  6. Transcriptions Computing Facilities (guide to computing labs, classrooms, and software available to Transcriptions and LCI students)

(See also statement on Transcriptions Technology Paradigm)

IV. Resources for Instructors

  1. Guide to Teaching with Information Technology (annotated links to resources and tools for designing courses utilizing IT; also includes example sites)

  2. Coursebuilder (UCSB English Dept. login required): Programmed by Eric Weitzel, a Transcriptions research and teaching assistant, Coursebuilder is a custom system that allows UCSB English Department instructors to create full-fledged course Web sites through the use of Web forms. Course sites include pages for overviews, schedules of reading, assignments, student projects, etc., as well as class notes pages (for outlines, texts, or multimedia to be used during class meetings). Course content is kept in a SQL Server database that dynamically generates Web pages. Instructors may choose one of a number of frontend "skins" for the display of their course site depending on the nature of the course. Skins exist for courses given by the Transcriptions project and the UCSB English Department's Early Modern Center and American Cultures Center. There is also a skin for UCSB English Department courses in general. (Example of course created with Coursebuilder)

  3. Online Resource Evaluation Checklist (printable form with questions to help students evaluate the quality and trustworthiness of online resources; designed to be used with Transcriptions Guide to Evaluating & Citing Online Resources

V. Transcriptions Developer Utilities
(login required)

Utilities for Transcriptions Course and Web Site Developers (UCSB English Dept. login required):
  1. Coursebuilder (Web forms to create a database-driven course site)

  2. Calendarbuilder (Web forms to add events to the Transcriptions calendar)

  3. Menubuilder (Web forms to revise the drop-down menus at the top of Transcriptions pages)

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