From Evidence to Scholarship

Transforming Undergraduate Student Research in the Digital Age

Paideia 2014 Classes

A selection of classes offered by CIS and Library staff for Paideia 2014. For course details, visit the Paideia 2014 website (login required for full schedule).

Getting IN the map: GIS and geospatial analysis
Maps can be very useful for visualizing data and putting questions into spatial context. Using a geographical information system (GIS), you can also gain insights into the complexities of the data behind the map. Join this class to learn about what a GIS is and how it functions, how geospatial analysis might apply to your discipline, and see some analytical tools in action. This will be an introductory session aimed at people with little-to-no GIS/geospatial experience.

Data Visualization: The Fundamentals
Interested in creating effective and engaging data visualizations to communicate your research? In this session, Jackie Wirz (OHSU Library) will break down the creation of a data visualization into its fundamental parts, and walk you through these essential aspects of creating the most effective and appropriate data visualizations possible. Remember - great data and great stories lead to great visualizations!

Stata: Introduction and Basics of Analysis
Getting ready to dive into your thesis data analysis, or prepping for a methods course? Just curious about technology and stats and looking to pick up new skills? Come build your familiarity with Stata, a statistical package used by the Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology departments at Reed. This one-hour introduction will take you through the basics of working with data in Stata, including creating and/or importing datasets, conducting analyses of your data, and visualizing your results. All students will work hands-on in Stata during our session. 

R for Beginners
Learn the basics of how to use R, an open-source statistical package that is increasingly used by researchers across academia as well as in industry. Join us for a 90-minute session -- a combination of presentation, hands-on work, and individual exploration -- where we will analyze real-world datasets and address research questions, learning R along the way using a bottom-up approach. This class is designed for students who are new to R.

Finding Awesome Images in Reed Digital Collections and Beyond
Did you see some cool vases in a Hum 110 lecture and want to learn more? Need to use some photos in a report but concerned about copyright? Reed Digital Collections can help! Reed librarians will show you how to navigate digital collections & resources to find images for school projects and your own personal exploration. You'll learn how to find gems from Reed College Archives and Special Collections as well as sources for art, historical, and cultural image research. Copyright and image citation will be covered and treats will be served!

“Fixing it in Post” with Final Cut Pro X
In this class we’ll go over fixes to common video editing problems using Final Cut Pro X. We’ll cover how to color balance and color correct, fix audio issues, reframe your footage or images, and how to import time lapse photography quickly into final cut. Also covered will be the Ken Burns effect of panning and zooming about a picture, and fixes to common audio issues.

Computer Music Programming with Chuck
The class will be an introduction to event-based music and sound design programming with the Chuck programming language. Integration with Monome controllers may also be explored.

Intro To The Command Line
Basics of using the command line. Simple commands, navigation, tips. Will generalize to other Unix-like operating systems, and somewhat to Windows.

Beginner LaTeX
I will introduce the typesetting program TeX, and give a short demo on using LaTeX for a class paper. If time permits I will also demo BibTeX.

Using WordPress
Did you know WordPress is available as a blogging platform for administrative offices, as well as for academic offices and even classes? Find out how to use this blogging platform; we’ll go over the WordPress interface, how to add images, create links to other webpages, how to make your webpages more search friendly, when to use pages or posts, and how to customize a few areas in your theme.