The grant enabled the AustLit team to create a teaching and learning space that enables assessment activities such as:
- Annotation of text and images for studies relating to visual arts, creative writing, and textual studies disciplines.
- Student-led research outcomes such as online exhibitions and illustrated articles that use digital humanities principles of online communication and data management.
Cirrus allows course convenors to set assignments where students can work entirely online to undertake and communicate the results of their work. Students can undertake group or independent work, and will also have the opportunity of their exemplary work being published by AustLit. See for some examples of student and intern work. Students can add their work to eportfolio repositories such as Chalk and Wire, or download PDF versions for attaching to their CVs or sharing with colleagues, friends, family, or potential employers.
Cirrus remains in development throughout 2016 and into 2017 but it has already been taken up by twelve courses at UQ. Those courses range from Australian Art History, Roman Art, Creative and Professional Writing, Literary Studies, Research Methods, Philosophy and professional internship courses.
The Cirrus team have received further funding for additional development work in 2017 which will include enhanced long-form writing publication options, video annotation, and improved course management facilities.
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