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Teaching Guides in dLOC

dLOC holds a wide range of teaching materials for K-12 and college/university-level courses that are primarily in English. Below are a sample of highlighted courses and teaching materials.


Courses & Syllabi

Puerto Rico Syllabus

Yarimar Bonilla, Marisol Lebrón, and Sarah Molinari developed “Puerto Rico Syllabus: Essential tools for critical thinking about the Puerto Rican debt crisis.”

Caribbean Syllabus

Francis Negrón-Muntaner, Mimi Sheller, and colleagues developed “Caribbean Syllabus: life and debt in the Caribbean,” an 18 unit thematic course.

Introduction to Advancing Sexuality Studies

The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network created “Introduction to Advancing Sexuality Studies: A short course on sexuality theory and research methodologies”

Teaching Materials

Digital Collection

Hyacinth Simpson worked with Olive Senior to create an online edition of her poetry collection “Gardening in the Tropics” that includes text, audio, and author notes.

Archival Materials

Our Americas Archive Partnership is “a multi-institutional digital humanities project that aims to develop curricular models and teaching materials that embody a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas.”

K-12 Lesson Plans

This handout includes links to prize winning K-12 lesson plans as well as a series of teaching guides produced for undergraduate teaching, primarily of Caribbean literature.

Panama Teaching Resources

Video Presentation

A recorded video of Sonja Watson’s presentation “The Politics of Race in Panama”

Afro-Antilleans in the Panama Canal Museum Collection

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt’s presentation “Finding the Silver Voice: Afro-Antilleans in the Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida”

Bibliography

Isabel Silver compiled a selected bibliography of digitized materials in the Panama and the Canal digital library. It also includes search items for each topic and photos for teaching

Book Lecture

Olive Senior’s lecture about her book Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal

Literature Example

Olive Senior discusses Caribbean labor mobility in her article titled “The Colon People: Part I, Jamaica the Neglected Garden”

Panama Silver Asian Gold

Course materials for “Panama Silver Asian Gold: Migration Money and the Making of the Modern Caribbean”

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Projects and Courses

Roots of the Commonwealth: Caribbean Provisions from the British Empire to the 21st Century

Dr. Keja Valens, Salem State University


We will consider literary, historical, and archival materials as we work to chart the ways that provisions have been planted and transplanted, prepared and consumed, imagined and depicted in relation to ideas of indigeneity, independence, and community in the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Course Overview

  • ENG 715: Topics in Digital Studies, a graduate-level course
  • Examine and use concepts and practices of postcolonial digital humanities to trace literary, culinary, agricultural, and economic paths of ground provisions with a focus on provisions such as yuca, yam and plantain in and through the Caribbean from the 15th through the 21st centuries.
  • Draw course materials from the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, the Digital Library of the Caribbean, HathiTrust, the Internet Archive and other similar sources to develop digital projects that include mapping, timelines, and curated exhibits.

Outcomes & Deliverables

Students completed a series of assignments focused on critical analysis of primary sources and interpretation through digital tools. They completed reflective writings and developed “Provisions,” a multi-exhibit Omeka project.

Resources

Course Syllabus

Spring 2020 schedule with links to additional resources and readings (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment: Mapping & Meaning

Designed to support critical and conceptual thinking about maps (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Assignment: How are West Indians Represented in the Archive?

Reflecting on Lady Nugent’s Journal (Shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.)

Exhibit: Provisions

A series of student-created Omeka exhibits on the role of ground provisions such as yams in Caribbean foodways

New Digital Worlds

Students read Dr. Roopika Risam’s book throughout the semester.

Institute Reflection

Keja discusses how the institute impacted her course.

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