In addition to the trainings open to all faculty, staff and students, we offer faculty-oriented trainings that either engage more specifically with digital pedagogy and/or offer more advanced digital research trainings.

Wikipedia Workshop: January 28th, 2019 (1-4pm)

Led by Rajene Hardeman (Pratt Institute) and Kristen Treglia (Fordham University)

One of the basic Wikipedia skills is learning how to edit pages and dive into the Wiki world with confidence. This 3-hour session is for true beginners as well as dabblers and those who want to increase their participation. We will cover the Wikipedia global arena, how Wikipedians (and librarians and researchers) are using Wikipedia, discover our personal and professional interests and, most importantly, learn how to edit properly and with boldness.

After a brief presentation of the core skills, the workshop will turn hands on.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, go to:

Some reasons to attend the Wikipedia Workshop:

  • Wikipedia turns 18 later this month, and according to a 2016 Pew Research Center article Wikipedia at 15: Millions of Readers, Scores of languages, the site averages more than 18 billion page views per month and is available in 280 languages.
  • You might be interested in incorporating wikipedia editing into your classroom assignments (why?, see the following link):
  • Your students are already using Wikipedia to kickstart classroom assignments, perhaps you should learn more about the editing process to provide them guidance on the process/information literacy (for some best practices for using it in academic settings: see this article, To Use or Not to Use: Wikipedia in the Classroom)
  • Gender bias on Wikipedia reflects the fact that a dominant majority of volunteer Wikipedia editors, particularly on the English-language site, are male. This has led to Wikipedia having fewer and less extensive articles about women or topics important to women.” (Source: Wikipedia! and a bunch of other articles.)
  • The Wikipedia Workshop also serves as great preparation for those faculty/staff interested in attending, contributing to, and helping us to promote this year’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the first week of March.
  • It’s Free!
  • We will have some coffee & snacks available at the start of the Workshop.

Introduction to ZoteroFebruary 6th (11am-noon) or April 3rd (1-2pm)

Join Librarian Jen Rutner for an introduction to the bibliographic software Zotero. Zotero is a free, open-source software developed by scholars, for scholars. Zotero can help you format citations, create a bibliography, build a comprehensive database of your sources, and share sources and bibliographies with groups. This workshop is open to students and faculty. If available, please bring your laptop to the workshop in order to download the Zotero plugins.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, go to:


“Google Like a Scholar”: February 13th (1-2pm) or April 10th (11am-noon)

“Google Like a Scholar”: Join Librarian Jen Rutner to learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your Google Searches. You’ll learn how to do an advanced search in Google, how to use Google Scholar to find scholarly information on and off campus,  and how to search Google Books. This workshops is open to students and faculty.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, go to:




Previous faculty-oriented trainings

(Check back for updates on the next session offered.)

DASH Lab Orientation Sessions:

Led by Melissa Y. Rock
Assistant Professor of Geography, Asian Studies & WGSS
Co-founder & Director, DASH Lab

Do you want to better understand what the DASH Lab is and how you can utilize its resources for your teaching or research? This half hour orientation session will introduce you to the scope of DASH Lab work and capabilities, the teaching and collaborative space and technologies available, and also the general protocols for scheduling a training session and using the DASH Lab resources. Before scheduling a class training session in the DASH Lab for your class or club, SUNY New Paltz faculty and staff must complete this orientation session to familiarize yourself with the logistics involved in utilizing the DASH Lab space and technology for your course’s digital scholarship assignments and projects.

Workshop Your Ideas Group Consultation Sessions:

During this “Workshop Your Ideas” group consultation session, interested faculty will come to the DASH Lab to share their ideas with DASH board members (and each other) to get feedback and clarity on how they can convert their ideas into a tangible digital arts, sciences, or humanities assignment and/or research project.

Participants will be asked to present the research or assignment/class project that they want to infuse with DASH-related tools in 3-5 minutes. Then, DASH board members will follow up with questions to clarify the research/assignment goals. Participants can expect to leave the session with targeted feedback.

Data Visualization using Tidyverse (Workshop)

Led by Joshua Korenblat,
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Art Director at Graphicacy

Do you have data that you need to clean, analyze, and visualize? If so, consider using R. The open source R environment is one of the world’s most popular choices for working with data—you can do almost anything you can imagine in R. Yet for all its flexibility, creativity, and community, R has a reputation for being very difficult to learn for newcomers. Enter the Tidyverse. The Tidyverse is a new ecosystem within R that makes it much easier to do the things that base R does. The code reads more like the way we naturally read English sentences. It can be your way to get the best out of R, and you don’t need to be experienced in R at all.

If you’re curious about R and Tidyverse, this hands-on workshop will guide you through the data visualization process through the Tidyverse. At the end of the workshop, you will also be introduced iNZight, which makes it even easier to do all the same things within R, using a visual interface. You can save the pre-written worksheet from this workshop and apply it to new data and new questions.