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Center for Digital Liberal Arts

at Occidental College

We equip the Oxy community with the critical literacies and technical skills they need to realize and sustain the enduring value of a liberal arts education in a rapidly changing world

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The BioBlitz@Oxy is a citizen-science event to document the biodiversity of Occidental College.
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International Karaoke Night

with the International Programs Office, Language Departments and Chinese Culture Club




From May Day to French cabaret, an evening of multi-language pop tunes and old favorites performed by students and faculty in Johnson Hall Global Forum

Diversity Hackathon

The Critical Making Studio with Bridging Access and Capital Program

Interested students form teams around problems of equity and justice and learn basics of user experience and web design


Constructed Chaos

Russian avant-garde meets the history of music technology and the future of the liberal arts

The CDLA in the Academic Commons

Together with the Library in the Academic Commons, we equip Occidental’s intellectual community with the rapidly evolving tools and methods needed for the pursuit and production of knowledge. From consulting on open access and fair use to supporting undergraduate research, to responsive digital collections, we aim to inspire curricular and scholarly experimentation while sustaining the fundamental principles of a liberal arts education.

Information Literacy in the Digital Age

We recognize students as producers of knowledge within an ecosystem of information production and dissemination. Our educational programing includes everything from traditional bibliographic instruction to visual, computational and quantitative reasoning labs, workshops and courses where students not only critically assess what they find, but become active agents in the ethical sharing of their own insights.

Co-Curricular Learning Events

We collaborate with academic programs across the college to design and support learning events. Whether we are documenting the campus ecosystem, helping NELA residents crunch real estate data to understand neighborhood change, or calling all students, faculty and staff to sing their hearts out, we aim to create unique, co-curricular learning experiences for students.

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Learning Design

Whether you are considering the use of digital storytelling, interactive data visualization, or creating online exhibits of primary sources, we are here to guide you toward a smooth and productive integration of digital resources into your teaching practice.

Mellon Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

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Project Development

Are you working on a project that involves a digital platform or tool that is new to you? Do you need collaborators or a sounding board? We can help you start, expand, or identify collaborators and audiences for your digital research projects.

Library Research

The library’s collections span unique and rare print books, to networked print collections, to millions of digital sources. We can help you navigate the resources and guide students as they make choices about how and where to find information.

Academic Technology

Are you looking for the right tool to help you work more productively or to engage students in the classroom? We provide support driven by user needs and experiences.

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We support a variety of programs for faculty and students, from fellowships and stipended workshops to technology micro-grants to student worker positions.

Faculty Learning Communities

We collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence to offer facilitated faculty learning communities on topics ranging from iPads in the classroom, to open data, to python.


We offer in class workshops for students on library research and resources, the creation and development of web content, and data visualization, to name a few. Students can also find a series of creative and technologically advanced workshops taught by other students in the Critical Making Studio.

Critical Making Studio

Come make with us! Visit the Peer Learning Floor (ground floor, Academic Commons) to check out camera equipment, learn how to record an album, 3D print and more.

Peer Learning for Oxy Students

Oxy Students can get peer support in almost any academic subject, library research, and media production on the ground floor of the Academic Commons next to the Writing Center.


Have an idea? Come talk with us. We consult with faculty about course design and digital projects and with students about research process and digital projects.