The Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students who are collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or academic year. Every year, the Academic Technology team works with select Summer UTRAs on projects that have a technology component. Past Summer UTRAs have done interesting work ranging from creating instructional resources to developing apps for digital humanities projects.
Sondheim Course Development
The primary goal of this project was to develop course materials for a first-year seminar about Stephen Sondheim, one of the most prominent musical theatre composers of the 20th century, who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway shows such as Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. One of the goals of this course is to connect Sondheim’s musicals to their cultural and historical surroundings
The challenge was organizing various materials —texts, recordings, videos — in a manner that was practical and not tedious. There were no surviving sources where the dialogue texts and song texts are presented in a linear sequence. The course needed a well-organized website and well-presented materials and excerpts. After discussion with the faculty and the Summer UTRA student, we recommended using a Canvas site and hosting video content on Panopto. This allowed the student to create an integrated learning experience that makes the musicals, scores, and scripts accessible to students.
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