The adaptations that U of R instructors have made to their courses and methods of instruction over the past two years have been extraordinary.  Instructors have mastered the application of multiple digital tools to teaching, and many have developed innovative applications of these tools that should be widely shared.  

DigITaL (Digital Ideas in Teaching and Learning) is an open-access site where instructors can submit case studies related to using digital tools in the classroom. The site offers a collaborative space to share those experiences related to teaching with technology. Instructors can share their ideas and gain insight into other tools from colleagues across campus.
We invite you to contribute a case study to a growing open pedagogy project that promises to expand educators’ understanding of digital teaching tools. For the purposes of this online publication, we are defining “case study” as:

This project is supported by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), River Campus Libraries (RCL), and Arts, Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) IT.  

Successful authors will be expected to : 

  • be an instructor at the University of Rochester
  • write an approximately 1,500-word case study about one digital tool used in the classroom
  • license the case study under Creative Commons – CC BY 4.0 – with guidance from the library

Examples of the kinds of topics we are interested in include, but are not limited to: AR/VR, accessibility (ADA), assessment, audience response systems, digital scholarship, gaming/simulation, large group engagement, multimodal assignments, video technology, and more!
Sample case studies are provided to gain a better sense of the format and content we’re looking for on the final product. 

Proposal Submissions in a Word or RTF document must include:

  • Author’s name
  • Author’s email
  • Job title
  • Department or institutional affiliation
  • Digital tool (with link to more information)
  • Abstract (max 300 words)
  • Related course (if applicable)

Proposal Submissions are due by June 17, 2022, 11:59 PM. Attach your Word or RTF document at

Authors will be notified of approval by July 1. Draft submissions will be due on July 29 and finalized by September 2.
For questions, contact Kristen Totleben or Pauline Schwartzman, River Campus Libraries.