Can you set aside time in your syllabus for students to learn the necessary skills to complete your digital project?
Which tool will help you meet your learning objectives?
Who will host the digital project and maintain it after the semester ends?
Public-facing v. Restricted Login for Digital Projects
Consider whether the goals of the class require a public-facing digital project. Benefits include a broader and more authentic audience for your students' work.
Look over the UCLA Student Collaborator's Bill of Rights and consider whether you've offered students opportunities to engage in meaningful work, to be recognized for their contributions, and to self-select to remain anonymous or contribute in ways that are not public-facing.
This document offers plain language recommendations that address frequently asked questions regarding FERPA and digital projects in the classroom.
Keep in mind that public-facing digital work with collection materials will prompt ethical questions about privacy and considerations relative to copyright and fair use. See the section on copyright awareness.
Have you been in touch with the staff at the campus collections where you would like to collaborate? There are frequently many logistical issues that educators and librarians at each institution can assist with.
Have you set aside time in your syllabus for instructional sessions with librarians, orientation sessions with the collecting institution, and time for individual research, group work, and work with the digital tools?
Check with staff at the collecting institutions about staggering assignment due dates so that students do not all try to access resources at the same time.