Contact Information

Glynis Asu
(315) 859-4482

Ted Fondak (Twitter: @thfondak)
(315) 493-9393

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The content within the Hamilton College Sandboxes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

What are Sandboxes?

Sandboxes can assume many forms, so we don't want to constrain people with too much specificity. Instead, here are some guiding principles: 

  • Sandboxes are opportunities for people to connect, discuss ideas, teach, learn, share, and create;
  • Sandboxes are decentralized: ideas are presented or shared but in a way that promotes discussion and permits many to contribute; 
  • Sandboxes have memory and are inclusive: they are recorded so they can be reviewed later or watched by people who are unable to attend;
  • Sandboxes connect people both at the event and on the Sandbox website;
  • Sandboxes create networks of information: all materials used to host a Sandbox are available on the site and efforts are made to evince the relationships between the information; 
  • Sandboxes are democratic: anyone can attend and/or host, be they a student, a member of the faculty, a member of the staff, a resident from the local community, a guest, an alum, a parent, etc.;  
  • Sandboxes are intended to foster agility: because they are envisioned as short sessions with distributed preparation, Sandboxes can be created and run quickly;
  • Sandboxes embrace action--information needs purpose and use;
  • Sandboxes respond to the needs of the community.

More concrete information:

  • Glynis Asu (Library), Laura Festine (Library), Ted Fondak (ITS Instructional Technology Team), Reid Larsen (Library,) and Kristin Strohmeyer (Library) are the coordinators of the Sandbox program.
  • We solicit or listen to peoples' ideas, suggest how they can be turned into Sandboxes, and help them host these Sandboxes (see "Tell me more about hosting a Sandbox.")
  • We help develop courses of action from ideas that are created in Sandboxes.
  • We shape the Sandbox program so that it always reflects the needs of the community of people interested in exploring ideas in this way.

Tell me more about hosting a Sandbox.

  • Please let us know if you have an idea you want to explore in a Sandbox environment!
  • The facilitation we provide aims to make hosting a Sandbox as easy as possible:
    • There is a strong emphasis on discussion in lieu of lecture in Sandboxes, which should come as a relief to most people.
      • An example schedule for a Sandbox: 10-15 minutes to present an idea, 45 minutes of conversation.
    • The coordination committee will take care of a lot of the logistics:
      • We reserve a space for the Sandbox;
      • We procure and configure the equipment to record the Sandbox;
      • We create the webpage and supporting infrastructure for the Sandbox;
      • and we supply templates for advertising materials, e.g. e-mail, flyers, brochures.
    • We can provide guidance for developing aspects of the Sandbox, e.g. visual aids, related information.
  • Beyond providing and developing the idea for the Sandbox, here is what we ask hosts to do:
    • Provide a synopsis of the Sandbox that will appear on the Sandbox's webpage;
    • With help from the committee, advertise the Sandbox;
    • Meet with a member of the committee in advance to discuss the idea;
    • Run the Sandbox.

I can't attend a Sandbox!

  • Sandboxes are designed to be inclusive, even for people who cannot attend!
  • We ensure that a recording of the Sandbox session, relevant materials, lists of people interested in further conversation, and opportunities to contact people are available on the Sandbox Archive page. 
  • If you want more information, have ideas, or want to discuss the Sandbox in any other way, please feel free to leave a comment on the bottom of the page or use the contact information in the left column.


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