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Some Assembly Required: Teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities

Some Assembly Required: Teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities

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Slides to accompany my keynote to the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference @ Carleton University May 3 2013

Slides to accompany my keynote to the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education conference @ Carleton University May 3 2013

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Some Assembly Required: Teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities

  1. 1. Some Assembly Required Teaching through/with/about/by/because of, the Digital Humanities ‘Henj’, c 2011 Stevyn Colgan Shawn Graham, Carleton University @electricarchaeo
  2. 2. ‘Boy with Commodore Vic 20 (1984)’ , Michael Surran. Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. DH Strand 2: Deformation Image at: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/andrew/scs/cs/15-463/f07/proj_final/www/mdougla1/
  4. 4. Historical Friction
  5. 5. Classic Romero Zombies, cc by Pedro Vezini, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrovezini/4791322423/ Practical Necromancy: simulating our beliefs about past phenomena to explore the unintended consequences of those beliefs.
  6. 6. Recap: Key trends in DH for education • Strand 1: implications of a cyborg consciousness • Strand 2: deformance of our materials • Strand 3: deformance of our thinking c. 1590, World Map in a Fool’s Head http://www.retronaut.com/2011/03/world-map-in-a-fools-head/
  7. 7. Which is rather similar to (experimental) archaeology, too. Making as a way of knowing. http://archaeology.about.com/od/archaeology101/tp/s ubfields.htm http://annrocks.co.uk/category/experimental- archaeology/ http://www.archeologiasperimentale.it/ingleseprincipa le.htm
  8. 8. ...and it’s worth remembering that the roots of DH go back to the 1940s, and the work of the Jesuit, Father Roberto Busa. Not the latest fad, then.
  9. 9. So what would university teaching look like, if that were our foundation? Ruined Chapel, cc Tony Austin http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ruined_Chapel.jpg ...not as full of holes as this, trust me...
  10. 10. Caveat: 1994 Shawn ‘Salt Shaker’ cc Dubravko Soric http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salt_shaker_on_white_background.jpg
  11. 11. • Things I have tried: – Game based learning – Gamefication – The Screwmeneutical Imperative (and you can read about these at electricarchaeology.ca) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:One_man_band,_CDV_by_Knox,_c1865.JPG
  12. 12. Epic Fails ‘A very big birdhouse’ cc James Gray-King http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesgrayking/2158280666/
  13. 13. Epic Wins Jeff McNeill, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffmcneill/4194259736/size s/o/in/photostream/
  14. 14. Cc Jpmueller99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/redarrow101/4414917091/sizes/m/in/photostream/ OZinOH http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/773504348/
  15. 15. Again I hear you say: So what would university teaching look like, if DH was our foundation? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egg_Under_Construction.png Construction of ‘The Egg’, Albany NY, 1976.
  16. 16. DH will save us, right? Just sprinkle DH, right? …and the backlash.
  17. 17. DH pushback
  18. 18. Know Your MOOCs Corporate, one-size-fits-all xMOOCs, from the US Personal learning environments, cMOOCS, from Canada
  19. 19. Alright, get to the point: What would you do, Shawn? cc Harald Hoyer http://www.flickr.com/photos/hhoyer/3784430219/
  20. 20. Well… • Need to think more about how our institutional processes form the worldviews and possibility spaces for/of our students • And maybe, we would put things together differently.
  21. 21. Turn the University inside-out.
  22. 22. No More Walled Gardens Massive? Bah. Digital media is about connection. Make it personal.
  23. 23. Domain of One’s Own
  24. 24. …because right now, that’s not happening.
  25. 25. The Embedded University Forget massively ‘open’. Think massively embedded Think massively accessible http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2671548
  26. 26. Some Assembly Required.

Editor's Notes

  • Dh strand 1 – cyborg thinking
  • Historical friction - whispers
  • DH strand3: see yourself differently
  • The so-called ‘world wide web’ will never be useful for academics.
  • The Game of Being a StudentThe Creepy Treehouse
  • Building as a Way of KnowingWork without a NetNo more audiences of 1.
  • DH as Rhetorical Strategy – win money, prove ‘relevance’DH meme clipsHomer, Save me DH!
  • DH & the Darkside, moocular option
  • Parkatmyhouse.comLyft.meAirbnb.caEharmony.comMatch.comeHarmony.com
  • Check mark listSo what’s tuition for, then? An opportunity to have my one-on-one undivided attention; an opportunity to skate.Allow those who have accessed our courses to demonstrate what they’ve learned, sideways access points towards a degree

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