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

Projects and Courses

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

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.

Tools and Topics


Websites created for courses and student projects provide access to class materials and help disseminate student research. WordPress is a free program for website design with many benefits such as ease of use, privacy protection, and compatibility with other digital platforms.

Presentations a pedagogical tool

Debbie McCollin from UWI, Trinidad and Tobago discusses the benefits and limitations of using WordPress in the classroom.

Example Website

Debbie McCollin created “Digital History at UWI.”

Example Website

Kimberly Bain created “Ghosts in the Water: Chinese Women in Trinidad”


WordPress Tutorials

Learn how to build a website with WordPress help guides.

WP Beginner

A beginner’s guide with detailed tutorials about WordPress.

Tools and Topics

Oral History

Institute participants discussed oral history as a way to engage students and collect perspectives across communities. The institute focused on collecting and sharing oral histories, including relevant tools and ethical issues.


Using Oral Histories in the Classroom

Dr. Sharon Austin from the UF Department of African American Studies shares how she incorporates oral histories into her courses, and the benefits of using these resources in the classroom to incorporate firsthand accounts and testimonies and in depth information on particular topics which may not be found in other resources.

Documenting Personal and Community Stories

UF librarian Perry Collins provides an overview of documenting oral histories as well as ethical and copyright guidelines to follow when collecting and sharing oral histories.

Practical Approaches to Conducting Oral History Projects

Paul Ortíz the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF reviews basic requirements and potential deliverables for oral history projects.


Oral History in the Digital Age

This collaborative resource provides information on documenting oral history, ethics and copyright issues and examples of how oral history is used in libraries, museums, the classroom, and more.

Documenting the Now

UF librarian Perry Collins provides an overview of documenting oral histories as well as ethical and copyright guidelines to follow when collecting and sharing oral histories.

Haitian Diaspora Oral Histories

This collection at the University of Miami includes interviews with artists, activists, and educators of Haitian descent.