HSU Library Teaching & Learning Luncheon & Forums

Please welcome Dr. Paul Schacht
Professor of English at SUNY
Thursday, February 4 in the Library Fishbowl


12:00-1:30pm Digital Thoreau & Digital Scholarship / Digital Humanities in the Classroom

Dr. Schacht will discuss what, why, and how he incorporated project-based digital learning into courses in English & Humanities. He will share experiences and lessons learned from incorporating such activities as web annotation, social networking, and markup using tools such as Confluence, WordPress, Commons in a Box, and TEI - and talk about what teams and collaboration developed in the classroom. See for more information. Luncheon included (Send RSVP to

Digital Thoreau

2:00-3:00pm Accreditation Self-Study Collaboration Using a Wiki

Geneseo recently underwent accreditation with Middle States. Please join us for an informal discussion about their process, faculty engagement, and their use of a wiki for Geneseo and the visiting accreditation team.

3:30-5:00pm Bootstrapping Collaboration

This presentation focuses on a variety of examples of how to engage students and faculty with each other online in a semi-open format using inexpensive or readily available tools (like Google docs, Commons in a Box, and Confluence) in different situations for hybrid teaching or faculty projects (assessment, Middle States, revising the English major). Dr. Schacht will share strategies and free and low-cost tools available for different kinds of collaboration explaining that the main challenge with these tools lies in understanding each one's design and leveraging its features for what you're aiming to accomplish.


Dr. Paul Schacht

Dr. Paul Schacht is Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo, where he is also Director of Digital Thoreau, a public resource that gives students, teachers, scholars, and general readers a common space for engaging deliberately with Henry David Thoreau's work and legacy. He has published essays on technology and civic engagement in the classroom, on collaborative writing using wikis, on social annotation, and on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Mark Twain. He is a member of the Research and Innovation Team of the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence.