Wednesday, August 14


A Domain of One’s Own: Setting up and managing your own web hosting with Bluehost Spoke (Session full)
Instructor(s): Dawn Childress
Class limit: 25
Bluehost now offers free, user-friendly web hosting for faculty through their Bluehost Spoke program. Participants in this workshop will set up their own free hosting account with a domain name and learn to navigate the Control Panel and file system, set up a MySQL database, and install a self-hosted WordPress or Omeka site. Pre-registration is required and attendees will receive a Bluehost Spoke free account activation code at the beginning of the workshop. Please come with a few possible domain names in mind. For questions about this workshop, contact Dawn Childress, dawn [at] psu [dot] edu.
Please register by Aug 8 to ensure your Bluehost free account activation code. Free hosting accounts are available to academic faculty only, but others may register if they wish to follow along or are new Bluehost subscribers. If the workshop fills up, preference will be given to faculty in Liberal Arts. For those registering after Aug. 8, we cannot guarantee an activation code for the workshop, but we’ll still try!


Online Scholarly Profile: Curating your professional presence on the web (with WordPress)
Instructor(s): Casey Fenton, Kate Miffitt, Chris Long
Class limit: 25
An online presence is an increasingly important tool for managing our scholarly and professional identities. This workshop will review best practices for creating and maintaining a strong presence on the web. Then, we will get hands on by actually activating and building a scholarly WordPress site on the platform.

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Introduction to Omeka
Instructor(s): Sabra Statham
Class limit: 15
Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular online tools for scholars, librarians, archivists and academics who want to put collections online. This workshop will get you started using Omeka. We will start with an overview of what the tool can do, cover the technological basics necessary for getting started, and then launch our own Omeka projects online. All participants will get a chance to work hands on and will complete the workshop with an Omeka site of their own.
Participants should visit and sign up for a free account before attending the workshop. It is also suggested that you have several digital texts, images or items that can be used to populate your Omeka site on a USB drive or available online.

Thursday, August 15


Get Ready to Program in R!
Speaker: Jeanne Spicer
This workshop is for those you have been hearing a lot about R programming, but feel unprepared to dive in. We will help you…

  • Get an understanding of the coding process and the concept of reproducible research
  • Assemble the tools you need to start coding
  • Learn how to find and read R documentation
  • Try out some R code to address a few typical research problems that Liberal Arts folks may encounter including basic descriptive statistics, text analysis and graphics

No prior programming experience is required.

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A Gentle Introduction to Python (Session full)
Instructor(s): Jonathan Miller
Class limit: 15
Stop fighting the computer and instead make it do your bidding. Learn how to get up and running with Python, a general-purpose coding language that is both newbie friendly yet very powerful. Python is used at large organizations such as Google, Yahoo!, CERN, and NASA, and in many famous applications including Youtube, Dropbox, Instagram, and Reddit. Attendees in this workshop will get a taste of basic computer science concepts via in-class examples and have opportunities to apply the knowledge in guided exercises. No coding experience is necessary. Learn by doing — bring your computer.

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