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Launch of Franklin Center iTunes U Welcome Page!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of the new Franklin Center iTunes Welcome Page. [ alternate link is ]At the present time, Franklin Center produced events are now being featured in several sections on Apple's main iTunes site (chosen by Apple from content produced by over 40 Universities) .

  • John Hope Franklin and Romila Thapar in the History category
  • Scholar in Residence Waseem Anwar in the Humanities category
  • Three sepearate events in the Literature category (featuring Ariel Dorfman, Lewis Gordon, Margaret R. Greer, Leslie Peirce, Walter Mignolo, and Stephanie Grant)


We believe the high visibility and frequent promotion of the Franklin Center events is a testament to not only the quality of our in-house production but the high caliber of speakers and wide scope of topics that make up events at the Franklin Center.

In addition to my work with HASTAC, I manage web and video resources and production at the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary & International Studies. Since 2006 we have been diligently recording and publishing to the web events of all types held at the Franklin Center, in the spirit of knowledge dissemination as well as promotion of the units and programs in the Franklin Center.

As the video and audio collections have grown, we have also been theorizing and exploring ways in which they can serve as pedagogical tools. Our informal surveys have revealed that while many people take advantage of listening or viewing events we post, instructors are interested in finding ways to integrate clips and sections of events into their curriculum. With the increasing volume of materials available for teaching (books,films, websites, etc.), filtering and organizing all of this hasbecomes a concern for instructors and institutions alike. Therefore we have been investigating various ways in which multimedia resources can be published with multiple uses in mind. One promising technology is online annotation tools through which videos can be time-coded with text so that salient points and discussions can be designated within events. The annotation field is still nascent though, with most universities concentrating on just publishing the material on the web and letting people view it as they see fit. We plan on integrating these tools into our online resources, but look to this as a longer-term project. In preparation for this, though, we are currently in the build phase of an online multimedia repository that will allow visitors to the site to browse content chronologically and perform faceted searching on all of it, with a mind to allowing multiple avenues of browsing and compiling lists of video and audio content.

I would be interested in hearing your experiences with multimedia resources in the classroom that push the envelope!


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