Year: 2014

Your Learn to Code Year

I discussed the Learn to Code Year with my ENGL232/CULT270: Reading Popular Culture class this last week (naturally, thinking through our cultural construction of computing gets me out of bed with a song on my lips, as they say). After

A Chance To Practice: Informational Interviews at Career Days’ Speed-Networking Social

Professionalization is a byword in the lab. Getting started in the world of work can be daunting, until, of course, you understand that every new experience is practice for a future experience. The students who work on Digital Humanities projects

Job Posting: Database Design

Are you interested in developing internet databases for museums and art historical research? The Digital Art History Research Group is seeking an individual with knowledge of database design and software. Tasks will likely include assisting with the design and development

Happy Academic New Year!

There’s lots of buzz in the Spark Lab at the moment.  We’ve got new Research Assistants coming in — keep an eye on the People page for more information about them and their research interests in the coming weeks.  

Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Poets in the University

This last semester Karis Shearer was an affiliated scholar at the University of Alberta’s Canadian Literature Centre, where she is working on a book project called Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Poets in the University. She is conducting research on poets and

Reunions All ‘Round: FCCS Faculty and Students at the DHSI

Some of the Spark Lab professors and students hit the road this last week to gather with (600!) other Digital Humanists at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Karis Shearer, Cole Mash, and Justin Kroeker were

Experiences of a Research Assistant

As a research assistant in the Spark Incubator Lab, my role has been to learn how to write in python with a raspberry pi and create a scraper that records the monthly changes made to the Devonshire Manuscript Wikibook. I

Community Shout Out: Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend, the 54-hour marathon that brings local entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and students together to take an idea from an initial pitch to a sustainable business, has come and gone.  Over the March 14th weekend, groups completed market research, developed

Going to School, Preparing for Work

We talk about professionalization a lot in the Spark lab. A few of the research assistants are engaged in website design and front end development — and everyone is counting down to graduation. Although this blog post about getting the

Students Visit The Spark Lab

As part of School District 23’s science fair elementary students were on campus last week to find out just what research and classes at UBCO are like.  30 students ranging from grades 4-6 came to have a tour of the


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