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Environmental Studies

Digital Scholarship

Students in the ENVS Program have long developed cutting-edge communication abilities and technical skills via digital scholarship; a summary of, and archive access to, past ENVS Program and student digital scholarship sites is here. These sites have chronicled student work in ENVS through multiple years, courses, and projects in a detailed and visually beautiful manner.

We will continue to support student digital scholarship in our ENVS core courses and certain elective courses. Would you like to see some recent student digital posts? Just go to our consolidated post feed (formatted for display on our 3rd floor Howard Hall video screen). 

Here are some potential benefits if you invest in digital scholarship:

  • You will create a living portfolio of your work you can share with prospective employers, graduate school, and others…much more impressive than just a resume.
  • You will build employable skills in web design and administration, as have many of our students using the highly popular WordPress platform.
  • You will join a community of scholars and activists who share their work with the world via websites and social media.

We recommend WordPress for your digital scholarship as it best supports all three benefits above. There are simpler alternatives such as Blogger, commercial options such as SquareSpace, and trendy ones like Tumblr, but WordPress continues to be the industry standard web platform for good reason.

There are two main options for WordPress; fuller information and first steps are here.

If you are considering digital scholarship as part of your ENVS courses, bear in mind that we would expect you to: 

  1. Launch a new or use an existing website that belongs to you, which you will use for this and other ENVS courses. The site will be designed in a compelling manner for general visitors, and set up such that visitors can readily find your work related to this course.
  2. Follow all digital documentation expectations for this course as detailed by your instructor, e.g., for regular posts, course outcomes, and a portfolio. All content will follow ENVS style guidelines, prepared with a general public audience in mind, and be of impeccable spelling and grammar.
  3. Share your ENVS work on this site publicly with others, which ENVS will assist via your RSS feed (info here; please complete this form by date provided by your instructor). We plan to promote your digital scholarship (sites and posts) via a feed on this site, and via our 3rd floor Howard video display.

Digital scholarship conveys important benefits to you as a student, but requires that you carefully set up and administer your site, make sure all course posts are of impeccable quality, etc., so do give this option careful thought before choosing it.