Digital pedagogy in the Humanities: Models, Keywords, Prototypes

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Digital pedagogy in the Humanities: Models, Keywords, Prototypes

  1. 1. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities! Models, Keywords, and Prototypes!
  2. 2. Slides and References! •  http://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/! •  Twitter: @frostdavis! •  #digipedkit!
  3. 3. Scarcity! Abundance!
  4. 4. Networks!
  5. 5. Building Networks! •  •  •  •  Connections! Collaboration! Standards ! Granovetter, M. S. “The Strength of Weak Ties.” American Journal of Sociology (1973): 1360– 1380.!
  6. 6. The Long Tail! Mass  Industrializa.on   MOOC   Mass  Customiza.on   Amazon   Small  Liberal  Arts  Colleges   Humani.es  Projects   Local    
  7. 7. DH and Liberal Education! Alexander & Davis. “Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities? Process and Products in the Small College World.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.!
  8. 8. NITLE Survey of Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges! •  AY 2012-2013: survey & interviews! •  Current results! –  32 institutions! –  50 responses! •  Questions! –  Activities! –  Support! –  curriculum! faculty   library   administrator   IT   museum  
  9. 9. Why DH? (individual)!
  10. 10. Curricular Structure! •  Of 32 institutions surveyed: ! – 1 has a major, minor, or program! – 4 have a digital humanities course, e.g., Introduction to Digital Humanities! – 23 have courses with some Digital Humanities!
  11. 11. Avenues to Engage Undergrads in Digital Humanities! Internship# Work# Thesis/Project# Undergrad#Research# Coursework# 0%# 10%# 20%# 30%# 40%# 50%# 60%# 70%#
  12. 12. Digital Humanities as 
 Liberal Arts Mission! •  Undergraduate research ! •  Pedagogy! –  active & collaborative learning! –  project based & applied learning ! •  Preparing citizens in a networked world ! •  Interdisciplinary work & integrative learning! •  Civic engagement & place-based learning!
  13. 13. Pedagogical Experimentation ! •  Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics, ed. Brett Hirsch, 2013! •  http:// www.openbookpublishers.com /reader/161 !
  14. 14. MLA 2012: A project is born! Jentery  Sayers   Ma@  Gold   Kathy  Harris   Rebecca  Davis  
  15. 15. Digital Pedagogy 
 in the Humanities: 
 
 Models, Keywords, Prototypes!
  16. 16. No! •  •  •  •  •  Reflective Essays about teaching! Organized by discipline! Remediation of digital into print! Static! Isolated !
  17. 17. Yes! •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Born digital! Curation of Pedagogical artifacts! Multi- & Cross-disciplinary! Interactive living archive ! Networked ! Tagged! Open!
  18. 18. Keywords! •  Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (1975 & 1983) ! •  Defining discourse! •  Building discourse across domains! •  Revealing tensions!
  19. 19. Playing with Text Analysis! h@p://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/reflec.ons-­‐on-­‐a-­‐text-­‐analysis-­‐assignment/    
  20. 20. Keywords! •  •  •  •  Play! Failure! Text Analysis! Visualization!
  21. 21. Undergraduate Research! •  Student-faculty collaborative research! •  Tasks in expertise range of students! •  Meaningful contributions! ! Chris  Blackwell  &  Tom  Mar.n,   “Technology,  Collabora.on,  and   Undergraduate  Research.”   Digital  Humani,es  Quarterly  3,   no.  1  (2009).      
  22. 22. Undergrad Sourcing!
  23. 23. Keywords! •  Collaboration! •  Work! •  Praxis! The  Office  Monkey  by   Flickr  user  Shaz  Wildcat  
  24. 24. Wheaton College Digital History Project! •  Kathryn Tomasek, Associate Professor of History! •  History methods course! •  Transcribing & encoding archives! •  Partners: archivist, technologist, librarian!
  25. 25. Day Book! Daily accounting of transactions that reflect the many business activities of Laban Morey Wheaton between 1828 and 1859! ! NEH DH Start-up grant: Encoding Financial Records for Historical Research !
  26. 26. Collaborative Research Assignment! •  Stage 1: Background Reading in Secondary Sources! •  Stage 2: Transcription and Coding of Daybook Page Spreads! •  Stage 3: Writing and Editing Episodes for the History Engine! •  Stage 4: Writing a Paper Based on Primary Sources!
  27. 27. Google Doc for Collecting Data!
  28. 28. Process Checklist for Integrating Digital Humanities Projects into Courses! 1.  Connecting Course and Project! 2.  Scaffolding and Chunking! 3.  Collaborative Teaching! 4.  Logistics! ! http://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/ 2012/09/13/process-checklist-for-integratingdigital-humanities-projects-into-courses/ !
  29. 29. Keywords! •  •  •  •  GLAM! Place-based! Collaboration! Praxis!
  30. 30. Enduring Women!
  31. 31. Keywords! •  •  •  •  •  GLAM! Public! Multimodal! Composition! Gender!
  32. 32. Public Digital Scholarship! Cura,on,  Collabora,on,  Praxis,  Community,  Race  
  33. 33. Increasing Expertise! Using  Digital   Resources   Contribu.ng   to  Digital   Resources   Producing   Digital   Resources  
  34. 34. CITIZENS FOR A GLOBALLY NETWORKED WORLD!
  35. 35. Digital Field Scholarship! •  Davidson, Math Maps! •  Lewis and Clark, Digital Field Scholarship Seminar! •  Muhlenberg, Documentary Research Storymapping! •  Reed College, Carbon ! Field Studies! Place-­‐based,  Collabora,on,   Praxis,  Community,   Fieldwork,  Mul,modal,   Composi,on,  Storytelling  
  36. 36. Situating the Global Environment! •  Lewis & Clark College! •  https://sge.lclark.edu/ ! •  Jim Proctor, “Situated Social Learning”! •  Interdisciplinary environmental research! •  Situated research! –  Local focus on global issues!
  37. 37. Social learning! •  •  •  •  Document research process! Share research resources! Share references ! Aggregate projects on blog! –  –  –  –  Maps! Tags! Concept maps! Mashups!
  38. 38. Globally Networked 
 High Impact Practices! •  Common intellectual experience! –  Reflecting on research! •  •  •  •  •  •  Learning communities online! Collaborative projects! Undergraduate research! Global learning! Community-based learning! Documenting learning experiences!
  39. 39. One Vision of Digital Pedagogy! •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Collaboration! Community! Composition! Curation! Failure! Fieldwork! Gender! GLAM! Multimodal! •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Place-based! Play! Praxis! Public! Race! Storytelling ! Text Analysis! Visualization! Work!
  40. 40. What will your prototype be?!
  41. 41. Thank you! you.! St. Edward’s University!

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