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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.

Resources

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.

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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.

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