What is DASH?

Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) is a cross-disciplinary program supporting faculty and students who employ digital methodologies and technologies in their research, teaching, and creative work.

We offer individual consultations with digital experts, class visits with customized training, web hosting infrastructure, workshops, and guides on digital technologies. We provide support for ideas big and small and can assist with research design and assignment design. Additionally, we foster communities of practice for critically engaging with technology and help scholars and artists to share their work and connect with new audiences online.

We're here to collaborate with you. Have something in mind? Email us (dash@umn.edu).

 

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Teaching

Digital projects change the way students learn and how we teach. Bring DASH support into your classroom or department.

Research

Computing power, social networks, and new tools are expanding the way we research. Find out how DASH supports emerging research methods.

Creative

Technology is reshaping how we view the world. See how DASH supports the design of digital art, public engagement, preservation, and discovery.

Grants

Digital projects often require a diverse set of resources.  Discover how DASH supports selecting funding opportunities and the grant-writing process. 

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Events & News

Licensed Tools
The University of Minnesota offers scholars free or heavily discounted access to many tools via university- and college-wide licenses.  Free web hosting services are available via our DASH Domains program and many useful tools such as ArcGIS, JMP Pro, NVivio, and SAS are available via central IT’s license requests.
Minnesota Made

For decades, faculty and developers at the University of Minnesota have been crafting important digital tools to enhance scholarship. Access our collection of ‘Minnesota Made’ tools featuring everything from Elevator to Zooniverse.

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Network of Experts

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    Linnea Anderson

    Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives, University Libraries

    "I am passionate about history, research and archives in all their variety and complexity. This informs my consults and teaching.  I challenge and engage students to promote critical interpretation and creative uses of records.  I also listen and then give feedback based on my knowledge of archives and practical expertise how to use them."

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    Michael Beckstrand

    Michael Beckstrand, Mixed-Methods Research Associate, Research Support Services, LATIS - College of Liberal Arts

    "I bring experience doing web-based and in-person data collection as well as experience with a range of qualitative management and analysis tools. Additionally, I bring discipline specific expertise in political science, international affairs, peace & conflict studies, and broad social science methodological knowledge in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methodologies."

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    Carolyn Bishoff

    Carolyn Bishoff, Physics, Astronomy, and Earth Sciences Librarian, University Libraries

    "I bring experience working on a range of small projects with research centers and faculty. I primarily consult on problems related to scientific information, managing and tracking scholarly outputs, and understanding workflows."

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    Jennie Burroughs

    Jennie Burroughs, Director for Arts & Humanities, University Libraries

    "I bring extensive research consultation and strategic planning experience to DASH work. I can help to structure a project, identify needed expertise, and make connections to resources."  

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    Paul Ching

    Paul Ching, Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

    "Why can I help others teach Arabic, data analytics, dental hygiene, landscape architecture, neuroscience, and theatre? Mostly ignorance--because students' knowledge is often just as limited as my own. I've also seen what can work in one context and help others to apply it to their own."

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    Ann Fandrey

    Ann Fandrey, Educational Technologies Consultant, LATIS - College of Liberal Arts

    "I bring enthusiasm, creativity, logistics, and a collaborative spirit to research and teaching consultations."

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    Mariya Gyendina

    Mariya Gyendina, Learning and Inclusion Strategist, University Libraries

    "I bring enthusiasm and passion for finding the right research design to fit the specific question to all consultations. I have experience with mixed-methods research and discipline knowledge of language acquisition and writing studies, as well classroom teaching experience in adult education and college contexts."

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    Jennifer Hootman

    Jennifer Hootman, DASH Program Associate, University Libraries

    "I approach consultations with the primary goal of understanding the project needs and bring college-level classroom teaching and professional development experience, collaborative project management and design skills, and experience with web development platforms."

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    Mary Jetter

    Mary Jetter, Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

    "I am passionate about helping faculty, instructors, and TAs develop effective teaching and learning experiences for their students. My special interest is supporting nonnative speakers of English in the classroom, both as students and as teachers."

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    Melinda Kernik

    Melinda Kernik, Spatial Data Analyst & Curator, University Libraries

    "I can assist with converting research materials into a form that can be visualized on a map, choosing a mapping platform for your project (open source vs proprietary), integrating mapping into classroom assignments, and managing data for long-term accessibility."

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    Jonathan Koffel

    Jonathan Koffel, Emerging Technology and Innovation Strategist, University Libraries

    "I bring ideas, enthusiasm, knowledge of information and technology tools and a desire to connect you to the best experts on the topic.  I love talking through research, teaching or information use questions and helping to develop solutions."

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    Cristina Lopez

    Cristina Lopez, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Coordinator, LATIS - College of Liberal Arts

    "Digital projects and assignments require new approaches to discovering of ideas and information, as well as representing, organizing, and synthesizing what has been discovered and learned. I consult and teach about technology selection, developing media and technology skills and literacy, and making the process manageable.  I provide consultations for instructors on developing, scaffolding, and evaluating DASH assignments."

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    Ryan Mattke

    Ryan Mattke, Map & Geospatial Information Librarian and Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library, University Libraries

    "I can assist with locating maps and geospatial information and finding scholarly resources for your research, and can consult on visualizing data on a map and creating spatial components for your projects."

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    Lindsay Matts-Benson

    Lindsay Matts-Benson, Instructional Designer, University Libraries

    "I bring a systematic (and hopefully creative) instructional design process to think about and teach to learning outcomes and essential understandings for students no matter the subject matter or technology you want to use."

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    Alicia Hofelich Mohr

    Alicia Hofelich Mohr, Research Data Manager, LATIS - College of Liberal Arts

    "I bring expertise in research data management, human subjects data, quantitative social science methodology, data analysis tools, and data visualization. I also bring a knowledge of campus service providers, as I have worked closely with individuals in the University Libraries, LATIS, OIT, AHC-IS, and University Information Security."  

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    Rebecca A. Moss

    Rebecca A. Moss, Assistant Director, LATIS - College of Liberal Arts

    "I love to collaborate. Bringing people together with different viewpoints and skill sets helps us all to grow and change and learn. I have expertise in the curation and creation of digital objects, and I spend a lot of time learning about emerging technologies. I also love working with and mentoring students to help them understand the many options open to them."

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    Kate McCready

    Kate McCready, Director of Content Services, University Libraries

    "I bring knowledge of scholarly publishing development, management, and stewardship. I am experienced in building new scholarly and academic publications, as well as transitioning existing publications to the Libraries publishing program. I bring project management experience and knowledge about publication management roles, policies and procedures, and intellectual property rights issues." 

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    Shane Nackerud

    Shane Nackerud, Technology Lead, Libraries Initiatives, University Libraries

    "I bring knowledge of web and application development, scholarly publishing, affordable content creation, open textbooks, and open educational resource development. I have experience with a variety of DASH tools and enjoy learning new skills." 

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    Emily Stull Richardson

    Emily Stull Richardson, Educational Technologies Consultant, LATIS - College of Liberal Arts

    "If you are considering incorporating a DASH activity or assignment in your class, I can help think through alignment of course objectives with technologies, how best to scaffold technology for students and instructors, and how to evaluate DASH assignments."

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    Jason Roy

    Jason Roy, Director, Digital Library Services, University Libraries

    "My areas of knowledge and experience include: digital collection development; digitization; project management; experience working on large, complex collaborative projects; grant funding; experience working with the Digital Public Library of America and the Minnesota Digital Library; and strategic planning."

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    Scott Spicer

    Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, University Libraries

    "I bring a passion for the potential of media! I have expertise in providing instructors with development and coordinated support for effective student media projects (digital stories, podcasts, etc.) with 200+ courses supported, spanning disciplines. I also have expertise with copyrighted media use and interest in multimodal scholarship (video abstracts)."

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    Deborah Ultan

    Deborah Ultan, Arts, Architecture, & Landscape Architecture Librarian, University Libraries

    "I bring probing questions and creative ideas for broadening, deepening, and inspiring the learning and research process. I believe that research and learning is best when experiential and immersive where the students are able to assimilate their study and demonstrate critical thinking. Therefore, I encourage interactive ways of working with research materials and can help design engaging learning outcomes."

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    Ben Wiggins

    Ben Wiggins, DASH Program Director, University Libraries

    "I collaborate with faculty to think through how digital technologies are expanding and enhancing traditional research methodologies and classroom activities."

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