Projects and Courses

My Nola, My Story

Dr. Shearon Roberts (Xavier University of Louisiana)

Shearon Roberts smiling

These stories reflect snapshots of lived experiences of communities of color who have called New Orleans home. It serves as a testament that they were here, are here, and shaped the fabric of this historic, cultural space.

Project Goals

To offer students opportunities for experiential learning as they record and share the stories of people of color in New Orleans.

Outcomes & Deliverables

A series of online exhibits and videos exploring aspects of history, identity, and culture, including the impact of Caribbean diasporic communities on New Orleans.


My Nola, My Story

Over 65 student-created exhibits, videos, podcasts, and other materials highlighting the lives of people of color in New Orleans.

Boswell’s: Home Away from Home

As one example of a student-produced work, this feature highlights Boswell’s Jamaican Grill and its owner, Boswell Atkinson.

StoryMap: New Orleans and LAC

This map-based exhibit explores relationships between New Orleans and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Projects and Courses

Kamau at 90

Dr. Aaron Kamugisha (University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados)

Aaron Kamugisha applauding for presenter

Given the challenges for learning and online instruction during the pandemic, the course took a more traditional format focused on the lifework of Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite, who passed away early in the semester.


Course poster

Dr. Kamugisha’s course focused on Brathwaite’s lifework alongside other writing and criticism

Kamau Brathwaite at the Poetry Foundation

Brathwaite published over 10 poetry collections, including poems such as “Bermudas” and “Bread.”

Brathwaite on PennSound

A selection of audio recordings of Brathwaite’s readings of his work.

Projects and Courses

Decolonizing Haitian Studies through Digital Scholarship

Natasha Joseph (Howard University, formerly University of Florida)

What is most special about digital humanities is the ability to reach people and areas that may not have had access to certain academic works and help to broaden the scope of research as well as magnify the voices of marginalized populations.

Project Goals

In her presentation, Natasha calls for new Haitian narratives that decolonize research. She examines who Haitian women are, including what trials, tribulations, successes, failures, and obstacles hinder their progress as agents of environmental change.


Natasha’s Presentation

Watch the full video recording of “Decolonizing Research and Shifting the Narrative of Haitian Scholarship Through Digital Humanities”

Presentation slides

Download slides in PDF or PPT formats

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Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform

Dr. Margo Groenewoud (University of Curaçao)

Margo Groenewoud presenting at the institute.

This digital repository includes unrestricted and restricted materials from special collections such as the Dutch Heritage Collection, as well as collections from the University of Curaçao and partner institutions.

Project Goals

  • Develop a research program based on the playlist pedagogy concept that uses Zikinzá collection materials available in the Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform
  • Improve Zikinzá collection metadata to increase accessibility and use
  • Encourage more use of the Zikinzá collection in educational settings

Outcomes & Deliverables

The research program will bring local sources into the classroom to increase historical awareness and decolonize education. Students will learn to contextualize and build critical thinking skills through discussions about engaging with playlist recordings.


Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform

Access the DCDP to search and view collections.

Playlist Pedagogy

Margo’s presentation about incorporating auditory playlists into educational settings with an example from the DCDP collections.

The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast

Read the transcript from the podcast’s 50th episode: Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction.

Zikinzá Collection

Search this collection in the DCDP for songs, music, and stories about life on Bonaire and Curaçao.

Example Recording

Listen to this MP3 song recording from the Zikinzá Collection.

Projects and Courses

Language & the Caribbean

Molly Hamm-Rodríguez (University of Colorado Boulder)

Molly Hamm-Rodríguez and Nadjah Ríos Villarini in conversation at the May 2019 institute

Framing language as a central site of social action, students will consider both the ideological formations that influence language policies and practices as well as the interactional perspectives that illustrate how language (de)constructs relational identities and social worlds, in the Caribbean and its diasporas.

Course Goals

  • Use sociolinguistic, sociocultural, and linguistic anthropological perspectives to explore language variation and use across the Caribbean and its diasporas.
  • Students study the dynamic nature of language within historical and contemporary processes
  • Challenge colonial origins of linguistic and geographic fragmentation by centering linguistic diversity

Students use diverse theoretical approaches to explore language variation in the Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas through a decolonizing perspective.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Reading responses that critically engage course topics, multimodal keyword definitions, genre study, speech communities digital presentation


Molly’s Course Syllabus

Find more information about Hamm-Rodríguez’s “Language & the Caribbean” course. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Black Lives Will Not Matter Until Our Languages Also Matter

As part of the course, students are assigned this video lecture from Dr. Michel DeGraff, linguistics professor and director of the MIT-Haiti Initiative.

Projects and Courses

Digital Mapping Project & Presentation

Dr. Takkara Brunson (California State University, Fresno)

Students will generate their own topic on Black/African experiences on the continent or in the diaspora, and map major locations using StoryMaps.

Project Goals

  • Develop an original research project on Black/African experience on the continent or in the diaspora, focusing on issues of religion, gender, ethnic identity, precolonial or post-colonial society, politics music, or the visual arts
  • Map at least 7 locations related to the topic using StoryMaps
  • Make an argument about the topic to support the thesis
  • Make a traditional oral presentation of topic
  • Create a poster presentation of the map showing how it supports the thesis

Students draw on major themes from the course African Cultural Perspectives to identify and map the major issues, sites, and topics which speak to their own interests and thesis. The project incorporates StoryMap JS, allowing students to not only create a textual description of their topic, but visualize it by mapping the major locations and events which provide cultural context.

Outcomes & Deliverables

As the final project, students will create a StoryMap with a minimum of 7 locations, a poster which displays the map along with relevant descriptions and information, and share these products through a traditional oral presentation.


Digital Mapping Assignment

Read the full assignment description from Dr. Brunson’s African Cultural Perspectives course

Mapping & Timelines

Explore more digital mapping tools that can facilitate student creation of visual projects

Institute Reflection

Dr. Brunson summarizes her experience at the institute

Projects and Courses

Introducing Digital Humanities in Creole Language Teacher Education on Curaçao

Dr. Margo Groenewoud (University of Curaçao)

Margo Groenewoud presenting at institute

Project Goals

  • Catalyze innovation in the language education of a small and in many ways vulnerable Creole language, Papiamentu
  • Introduce a basic set of DH teaching tools to new Papiamentu teachers, such as TimelineJS and StoryMapsJS
  • Observe and analyze readiness of the students to innovate their education by offering a semi-guided approach, leaving choices for selection of tools with students.

Outcomes & Deliverables

  • Student presentations were planned in March 2020. Given the partial lockdown because of the COVID pandemic, only a few students could finalize and present their work in a physical setting with full interaction and reflection. Nevertheless, rich material has been collected by the teacher that can be used for further analysis and planning of follow-up.
  • A general observation is that most students were able to complete the assignment with some help. They generally enjoyed working on the assignment. They seemed to embrace using digital material, though primarily as something of added value for them in the role of teachers. Though this is a valid starting point, follow-up needs to be given to building awareness of added value for our language students’ pupils.

Projects and Courses

The Road to Independence: The Bahamas

Juliet Glenn-Callender (University of The Bahamas)

Assignment Goals

  • To identify social and economic conditions existing prior to independence
  • To identify key personnel involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement
  • To identify events leading to The Bahamas achieving Majority Rule
  • To identify what challenges were overcome in achieving independence
  • To explore major events through the use of StoryMap JS

Outcomes & Deliverables

  • Identifying how major events, such as the Burma Road Riot, Suffrage Movement, birth of the PLP, General Strike of 1958, Black Tuesday, Majority Rule Day, and Education for all in Nassau, led to Bahamian Independence
  • Successfully utilize StoryMap JS to create multimedia story of Bahamian Independence

Module 3, Topic 2 focuses on the Bahamas and the Caribbean since the 1950s. Students become familiar with events leading to 1973 Bahamian Independence, and the adjustments and challenges the population experienced after this time.


Assignment Description

Learn more about this course project, assigned to students in Academic Enhancement History – Topics in 20th Century History. (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment Video

Bahamas Journey to Majority Rule, Part 1 (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment Video

Bahamas Journey to Majority Rule, Part 2 (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment Video

Bahamas Journey to Majority Rule, Part 3 (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Women’s Suffrage

Read the University of The Bahamas LibGuide from the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas

Women’s Suffrage Videos

Access the YouTube channel for the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948-1962

Projects and Courses

Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean

Dr. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Amherst College), Dr. Donette Francis (University of Miami), Dr. Leah Rosenberg (University of Florida)

Students in the course undertake archival research, digital scholarship, and literary studies of the Caribbean through an interdisciplinary lens. Through class assignments, they consider the colonial dimensions of archives, examining how particular facets of identity and subalternity influence Caribbean writers and scholars.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Students examine topics of intersectionality across archival material and produce digital projects using Scalar, Wikipedia, and the Wiki service PBWorks.


Course Syllabus

The “Panama Silver, Asian Gold” syllabus is included in Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, a born-digital, peer-reviewed resource available on Humanities Commons


Examples of course assignments shared at the institute.

Example PBWorks Site

Wiki for Dr. Rosenberg’s course “Tourism and Caribbean Literature”

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Experiential Learning through Virtual Exchange (VE)- Global Perspectives

Dr. Mary Risner (University of Florida)

Virtual Exchange is an economical way to collaborate across borders and bring diverse content and practicing experts into the classroom.

Project Goals

  • Engage group of learners in extended periods of online intercultural interaction and collaboration.
  • Develop partnerships with other institutions and cultural contexts across a variety of geographic locations with the guidance of educators or professional facilitators.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Virtual Exchange courses provide a feasible stepping stone to study abroad experiences while increasing digital literacy and greater awareness of cultural diversity.


Mary’s Presentation

View slides from Dr. Risner’s overview of the Virtual Exchange program.

Introduction to Virtual Exchange

The International Center at the University of Florida provides information on Virtual Exchange, including course models and partnerships.

Example Course Model

Here you can view materials from the collaboratively designed Virtual Exchange course, “Panama Silver, Asian Gold.”


View the global network of higher education institutions working with the Collaborative Online Learning (COIL) Center at SUNY.

Soliya Connect Program

Learn about University Partners involved in Soliya’s Virtual Exchange Connect Program.