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Reed College IT Adapting Technology to Help Teach the Classics


The design group was a collaboration involving computing, the library, visual resources staff, and classics faculty that built a robust and versatile tool that could help faculty adjust to a dynamic classroom situation.


PORTLAND, OR (July 23, 2008) -- Reed College is among three Northwest colleges to win the Hugi Excellence Award for innovative IT applications. Reed took the top prize in the category of Academic Technology: Teaching with Digital Images in Classics & Humanities. The project resulted in a searchable image collection, which aids classics faculty and their students.

The purpose of the project, according to academic web specialist Jason Parker, “was to forefront the use of visuals in the classroom.” Reed’s comprehensive design approach integrated systems, content, metadata, and web interfaces to build a tool capable of searching for visual assets for use in the classroom. 

The design group was a collaboration involving computing, the library, visual resources staff, and classics faculty that built a robust and versatile tool that could help faculty adjust to a dynamic classroom situation.  “There were a number of visual materials presented in class that were rarely available outside of class,” notes Parker. “We wanted a way to catalogue the collection and make sure the quality and data was consistent for use by faculty and students.”

The NWACC comprises colleges, universities, research organizations, and nonprofit groups in the Pacific Northwest.  The aim of the consortium is to foster collaboration that supports the development and use of advanced technology in instruction, research, and administration.

The Hugi Excellence Award is named in honor of Joanne Hugi, former associate vice president for information services at the University of Oregon. Hugi, who now serves as chair of the NWACC’s board of directors, contributed substantially to initiatives in technology throughout the Pacific Northwest during her 35-year term at the school.