PITFs acquired and scanned a reproduction of the Qingming scroll, and developed a custom implementation of the Zoomify component for Flash to present the high-resolution image in an easy-to-navigate form. The scroll module interface was standardized to allow easy deployment of new scroll images. The user interface permitted students to add their own annotations to the scroll and view them by category. The administrator's interface permitted managers to add new custom hotspots, edit (reposition) and delete old ones, as well as edit annotations.
The PITF program supported the collection, digitization, research, and curation of over 800 images on the Course iSites. These images were digitized and used as alternative representations to expose students to the four historic spectacles - the Emperor Augustus' funeral (14 A.D.), Constantine the Great's triumphal procession (312), a liturgical procession for the Feast of the Assumption (1300), and the Canonization of Carlo Borromeo (1610) – to highlight Rome’s evolving cultural and urban character.
To address the challenge, a number of solutions were developed as part of the PITF project: a) A series of introductory videos designed for students who are new to common topics to MBE. Previously, this content had been taught in the first two weeks of class. This solution enabled Professor Rose to replace this content with topics more immediately relevant to education. b) Additional content that was curated and then offered to students on the iSite, enabling self-paced study and remediation. c) Additional assessments, including student self-checks, weekly anonymous feedback to the teaching team, and content quizzes that enabled the teaching team to understand what the student's greatest needs are. d) A glossary of terms for the course site.
The Q site is an iSite that covers the philosophy, theory, methods, and practice of qualitative research. The highly customized iSite includes video of faculty who teach qualitative methods, original content, and links to resources inside and beyond the Harvard community. This site builds connections across courses and contributes to a shared vision of what it means to do qualitative research at HGSE.
The audio glossary or pronunciation guide for East Asian Languages was developed to help students pronounce commonly/frequently used words in languages other than the ones they were studying in their area of specialization. PITFs produced...
Podcast pronunciation exercises were developed around letter sounds of French phrases. These exercises incorporated video, as well as audio, in order to make pronunciation of sounds easier to understand for students. Podcasts allowed students to listen to and view modules...
For an Italian course focused on the city of Rome, students developed place biographies — media-rich web pages, demonstrating their grasp of Italian language, culture, and history — and shared them on a Google map of the city.
Visual materials for each week were organized in separate tabs. Using resources from several databases and private collections, an array of materials was assembled that solved the dilemma of providing comparative resources.