Center for Digital Learning at SUNY Geneseo

They're Alive! View Recordings of "Tales from the Crypto"


Screen shot from Tales from the Crypto Episode 1

Classical cryptography before 1976

If you missed our two-episode miniseries on cryptocurrency earlier this month, or you simply want to relive the thrill of learning about blockchain technology and its impact on finance, the environment, and politics, you can now watch the episodes on our YouTube channel.

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Tales from the Crypto


Tales from the Crypto series poster

Tales from the Crypto series poster by Amanda Schmidt

Cryptocurrency, ledgers, digital wallets, NFTs: Suddenly they’re everywhere. But for many of us, these terms and the technologies they stand for remain ciphers, shrouded in mystery. How do they work, and how are they affecting our world?

To help you penetrate the fog, the Center for Digital Learning is bringing together SUNY Geneseo faculty experts from multiple disciplines for two virtual sessions. Each will leave time for Q&A and discussion. Registration required.

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Ada Lovelace Day 2021 at Geneseo


Portrait of Ada Lovelace Portrait of Ada Lovelace by Alfred Edward Chalon, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Center for Digital Learning invites you to join in our first-ever celebration of Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday, October 12. To help us mark the occasion, Prof. Anne Pellerin (Physics) will give a Zoom presentation on the important contributions of women to the field of astronomy, and Prof. Lytton Smith (English) will run a hands-on Zoom workshop on writing poetry with Python. We want to make ALD a regular Geneseo thing, and you can be sure that we’ll be coming to you for help in planning future celebrations!

Geneseo Ada Lovelace Day 2021

Registration required

  • 12:00 p.m.: Prof. Lytton Smith (English/CIL), Python Poetry. This hands-on, one-hour Zoom workshop will use to introduce you to the basics of code-inspired poetry. You’ll learn about some of the exciting writers producing digital poetry today, generate two poems of your own, and think about how the poetics of code can also help your offline writing. No knowledge of code required! Register now.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Prof. Anne Pellerin (Physics), Women in Astronomy. Prof. Pellerin will give a half-hour Zoom presentation on the important contributions women have made to the field of astronomy, with time afterwards for questions and discussion. Register now.

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It's our birthday!


Graphic of the CDL squirrel wearing a birthday hat in front of a piece of cake.

Happy first birthday to us!

Where has the time gone?

This week marks the CDL’s first year of existence. In this time, we sought to develop our mission statement, as well as create our leadership organizational structure and collaborative partnerships with other highly regarded and effective departments on campus such as CIT, TLC, CDL, Milne Library, and DAPA. We also aimed to establish an online presence through our website and other forms of communication, develop a strategic plan for the future of digital learning at Geneseo, and launch workshops to help faculty, staff, and students increase their knowledge of and facility with digital tools for teaching, scholarship, creative practice, and productivity.

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Cultivating human connection in online learning


Note: This post was co-authored by Abby Henry and CDL Student Affiliate Emma Raupp

Laptop and cup of coffee Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

As digital classrooms became the “new normal” in lieu of physical classrooms during the pandemic, many social aspects of learning took a hit. Without in-person meetings, many students came to feel isolated from their peers and instructors. Feeling disconnected from a shared learning environment lowers our motivation to participate and keeping up with coursework quickly becomes a struggle. There are many factors in this widespread sense of burn-out — a decline in mental health, political stressors, and family crises are just a few that come to mind — but one factor with a feasible solution is the lack of genuine human connection in digital learning environments. We don’t want students to feel alone if they’re struggling, but the unfortunate reality is that they often do. One solution to this problem is fostering a stronger human connection between instructors and students, in the hope of creating a more supportive digital learning community.

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