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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.
  • Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

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

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