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  • The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) works with a diverse community of liberal arts colleges and universities. This national network is focused on developing a deep understanding of the undergraduate student experience, the impact of the broader technological environment on teaching and learning, and the future of liberal education.

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  • 1. Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Innovation and Integration
    Rebecca Frost Davis, Program Officer for the Humanities
    National Institute for
    Technology in Liberal Education
    We help liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology.
  • 2. What is NITLE? http://www.nitle.org
  • 3. Session Plan
    Context for Engagement—Defining Digital Humanities
    State of Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
    Digital Humanities and the Undergrad
    Avenues of Engagement for Institutions (Case Studies)
    Challenges, Strategies & Practices
  • 4. Your turn . . .
    What are the two most salient ways your institutions have engaged with the digital humanities?
    Twitter hashtags
    #NITLE
    #cni10f
  • 5. Defining Digital Humanities
    “a nexus of fields within which scholars use computing technologies to investigate the kinds of questions that are traditional to the humanities, or, as is more true of my own work, who ask traditional kinds of humanities-oriented questions about computing technologies.”
    --Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College in Profhacker blog
  • 6. Uses of Computational Methods for Research (Humanities Computing)
    Media Studies folks studying "New" Media
    The way new technology is reshaping research and the profession
    Archive Building
    Using Technology for Public Programming
    Using Technology in the Classroom
    Six rings in the big tent of digital humanities, as described by Chris Forster & Brett Bobley
    http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cforster/im-chris-where-am-i-wrong
  • 7. Defining Liberal Education, Jo Ellen Parker, “What’s So Liberal about Higher Ed?” Academic Commons
    the study of the liberal arts and sciences
    pedagogical methodology & practices
    active learning, faculty/student collaboration, independent inquiry, & critical thinking; group study, undergraduate research, faculty mentoring, student presentations
    Preparation & skills for democratic citizenship
    literacy, numeracy, public speaking, scientific & statistical literacy, social & political science, critical thinking
    small, residential, private, bachelors granting college
  • 8. Digital Humanities Conferences
    Digital Humanities 2010: 2 small liberal arts colleges out of 140 institutions
    Digital Humanities 2009: 5 presenters and two posters out of 360 participants
    Digital Humanities 2011?
  • 9. Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007 - 2010)
  • 10. NITLE Network Engagement in Digital Humanities
  • 11. Increasing Activity
    Project Bamboo Workshops, 2008-2009
    NITLE Summit Session, March 2010
    Digital Scholarship Seminar Series, Fall 2010
    Hamilton, Occidental, Wheaton and Willamette
    Publishing TEI for Small Colleges IMLS planning grant
    Dickinson, Mt. Holyoke and Wheaton Colleges
    THATCamp LAC: June 4-5, 2011, St. Norbert College
    Collaborative proposals to Digital Humanities 2011
  • 12. Appeal of the Digital Humanities
    undergraduate research
    pedagogical practices, especially active and collaborative learning, project based and applied learning
    learning about the changed digital environment or context and how to exercise liberal arts abilities (critical thinking, writing, etc.) in that context
    preparing undergraduates to be citizens in a networked world
    interdisciplinarity and other types of collaboration
    revitalizing the humanities
  • 13. UndergraduateEngagement
    Digital Humanities in Practice
  • 14. Undergraduate Research
    Blackwell, C., & Martin, T. R. (2009). Technology, Collaboration, and Undergraduate Research, Digital Humanities Quarterly. 3(1).
    Early Novels Database (END), Swarthmore College Students
  • 15. Mooring Gaps: Marianne Moore’s Bryn Mawr Poetry
    Jen Rajchel, Bryn Mawr College
  • 16. Learning from Undergraduate Research
    Videos from Interview with Jen Rajchel
    Digital Humanities and the Undergrad
    Learning from an Undergraduate Digital Humanities Project
    Re: Humanities
    A Symposium of Digital Media in Academia
    Video Recap
  • 17. Internships, Hamilton College
    Gabriela Arias
    HASTAC scholar
    Soweto ‘76 Archive
    with Angel Nieves
    Homovisiones Archive
    Center for Puerto Rican Studies
    Web intern for neighborhood museum in Spanish Harlem
  • 18. Teaching Digital Humanities at Wheaton
    Diderot Encyclopedia Translation Project
    Students of Kirk Anderson, Wheaton College
    Wheaton College Digital History Project
    Transcribing & encoding archives with TEI
    Students in history methods course
    Kathryn Tomasek
  • 19. Digital Humanities Courses & Assignments
    Humanities 250: Digital Humanities
    University of Puget Sound, Humanities Program
    Cf. Undergraduate Digital Scholarship Seminar: Digital Humanities Courses
  • 20. Institutional engagement
    Digital Humanities in Practice
  • 21. Institutional Structures
    Occidental College: Center for Digital Learning and Research
    Hamilton College: Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi)
    University of Richmond: Digital Scholarship Lab
    Wheaton College: Digital Scholarship Working Group
    Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore: Tri-Co Digital Humanities Consortium
    University of Puget Sound: Humanities Program
  • 22. Internal Factors
    Library and Archives
    University of Puget Sound, Willamette University, Lewis and Clark College, Occidental College, Wheaton College
    Merged Organizations
    Hamilton College, Wheaton College, Occidental College
    Curricular Structures
    University of Puget Sound, Hamilton College, Wheaton College
  • 23. Lexomics, Wheaton College
    Connections
    Combining computer science, statistics & Old English texts
    http://wheatoncollege.edu/lexomics/
    English-Computer Science Team-Teaching
    Computing for Poets (Comp 131)
    Connection (Computing and Texts)
  • 24. External Factors
    People
    Grants
    External Organizations & Opportunities
    Project Bamboo, NITLE (Digital Scholarship Seminar series)
    Partnerships, especially with nearby large institutions
    Wheaton & Brown
    Occidental & USC & UCLA
    Swarthmore & Penn
  • 25. Challenges
    Tradition
    Isolation
    Sustainability
  • 26. TAPAS Project
  • 27. Why should you care?
    Small liberal arts colleges are potential partners.
    Same problems in microcosm
    Undergraduate perspective
    link digital humanities to the curriculum
    connections to the general public.
    They care deeply about the liberal arts and the humanities, and are committed to preserving them in a networked world.