Xingda Zhai, intern: The SEED project is a summer internship with Swarthmore's ITS. They hire undergraduates to help faculty with projects that they want to complete in the summer. They want to use the projects to benefit students who are enrolled in certain classes to help learning and teaching.
Eric Behrens, ITS: We were trying to figure out how to move beyond the status quo. We knew we wanted to give people the opportunity to experiment with flipped instruction, blended learning, mobile application development, digital publishing. SEED is how the Libraries and ITS found a vehicle to advance that kind of innovation at Swarthmore.
Sarah Elichko, McCabe Library: Having the libraries partner with ITS on digital projects through SEED and other means is a fortunate situation because librarians and library staff can offer consultation on copyright, preservation of digital projects, and fair use issues. It gives us an opportunity to share our expertise and have it available to the campus at large.
Jacob Adenbaum, intern: I got to take the summer to develop a bunch of new skills that I really didn't have before. That kind of ability to learn and at the same time develop some products that can be used by the professors was a useful and fun combination.
Zach Lockett-Streiff, intern: It's been a challenging experience, for sure, but it's definitely one that's been good to have under my belt. Especially the client and service-provide relationship that I've had in consulting with these professors.
Prof. José-Luis Machado, Biology: What SEED has provided me with is access to technologies, tools, and software that I would not have had access to on my own. Or if I had the opportunity, it would have taken me a longer time, or perhaps the need of hiring outside expertise.
Jocelyn Adams, intern: I've probably doubled the number of computer languages that I feel comfortable with. And I never would have been able to get there on my own, I think.
Prof. Josh Newby, Chemistry: I always want to do more for my courses, but I often get stuck saying "How do I do this? I know doing an automated exam could be helpful, but I don't even know where to start." So knowing that there's a group, and an organization, and a fund that can bring these resources together-- my ideas, their ideas--it's just to nice to know that I don't have to learn it all by myself. I can go find people who will help me do this.
Mallory Pitser, intern: We get to work on projects that, when they're completed, are put in to use. That's something that not a whole lot of people get to do. So that has been really rewarding.