Digital Learning Lab Re-design

The ECT is undergoing a possible redesign to the Digital Learning Lab (formerly the New Media Center) in 330, Peter B. Lewis Library Building to make a more flexible, inclusive learning space, optimized for active and collaborative pedagogies

East Pyne 012 Language Classroom

In collaboration with the Princeton Center for Language Study, the ECT is gathering input about classroom preferences for language teaching in anticipation of re-envisioning the East Pyne 012 classroom during 2017

Online Environments


The Komonjo (documents) website is a learning environment in support of EAS525-HIS520, Ancient and Medieval Japanese History. The site allows students in the course to explore a collection of medieval Japanese court documents and hosts student transcriptions and translations of those documents.  Videos on the site feature Professor Tom Conlan speaking about the collection, and interacting with facsimiles of documents to show how they were used.


DerDieDas is an online introductory German textbook focusing on the 1200 most frequently-used words in the German language. The textbook is in use in the German 101 and 102 courses at Princeton. Now in it’s second version, the ECT provided assistance in the development of its original on-campus version.


Aprendo is an online textbook developed during 2016 for use in Spanish 101, 102, 103, and 107. The textbook includes multimedia course materials and interactive exercises.

Princeton Buffer

Princeton Buffer is a film and television review site created by the participants of English 359. The site planned and developed with the assistance of staff from Educational and Classroom Technologies, but from year to year is maintained by the students and instructor in the course. Once a year, the students are required to create a video (not really a podcast) with still images and a voiceover. In Fall 2015, DLL staff led them through a hands-on session in Adobe Premiere.

Playing Soviet

Playing Soviet: The Visual Languages of Early Soviet Children’s Books, 1917-1953 is a companion website to SLA 221, RES 221. The website houses a collection of page images from children’s books from the Soviet period and allows students annotate, tag, and curate the collection.

The Levantine Colloquial Arabic

The Levantine Colloquial Arabic site facilitates the study of Arabic through three popular Arabic-language films. The site includes clips from the films, associated vocabulary lists, and transcriptions.

East Asian Humanities

Created for HUM 233 EAS 233 COM 233, East Asian Humanities I, the East Asian Humanities website platform not only presents course materials, but also allows students to augment those materials with multimedia annotations. A WordPress plugin developed by the ECT group allows students to link multimedia projects, articles and assignments to classical texts in East Asian Studies, transforming each text into a new reading experience.

ABC Books

The ABC Books project makes available for research and analysis an interactive digital archive of rare children’s alphabet books from the University’s Cotsen Children’s Library. The overarching goal of the project is for students not only to interact with the archive but also actively to build and enhance it. With the assistance of staff from the Center for Digital Humanities and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, this archive was developed for use in ENG 385: Children’s Literature. During the course, students were given opportunities to work with the archive, learn the basics of text encoding, tag page images, and perform computational text analysis.

Digital, Spatial, Visual and Oral Histories HIS278

Students in HIS 278, in collaboration with the Princeton Historical Society, explored regional history through oral interviews, visual materials from the Society’s archives, and digital maps. Students produced digital multimedia essays based on their findings.

Digital Tools


The Principedia websites provides a platform to engage faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates in systematic reflection and substantive discourse about the practices and processes of learning in Princeton’s distinctive academic environment.

WordPress plugins

The ECT has developed numerous plugins for the WordPress platform to enhance the McGrawCommons course website publishing platform, including a tagging plugin allowing the collaborative, crowd-sourced tagging of multimedia materials, a video annotation plugin enabling time-coded comments on streaming video, and a plugin facilitating the creation of ‘zoomable’ large-format images.

Instructional Materials

Mapping the Golden Age of Venice

This interactive map encapsulates work done by the students of Art 440, Venice in its Golden Age. The aim of this interdisciplinary seminar was to explore the art and architecture of Renaissance Venice in the context of its rich cultural heritage and unique political and social system.

Venice & the Mediterranean: Crete

This project developed out of ART330/HLS331: Venice and the Mediterranean. The course explored the artistic and cultural geography of Venice’s Mediterranean empire, known as the stato da mar, from its beginnings in 1204 to the loss of Crete in 1669. The website includes on-site, student-authored research on various sites around Crete.