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Modular Digital Scholarship:
HUMAN 2DH3
Dale Askey / Paige Morgan
April 24, 2015
Seeding Digital Scholarship
A new digital scholarship course is
for students – but also for the entire
community invested in digital
scholarship.
Basic Strategies
• Multiple people (from multiple departments)
need to be involved to prevent siloing
• Build the course a...
HUMAN 2DH3:
The Great War: On and Off
the Battlefields
• Non-discipline specific
(open to all Humanities
students)
• Six i...
Major Activities/Skills
• Text-mining/Distant reading of a small
corpus
• Text gathering for the creation of a larger
corp...
Activities scaffolding towards the
StoryMap are designed to prompt
students to think about aspects of
digital humanities o...
Assignment Meta-Questions
• What does “significant/historically significant”
mean?
• How does significance affect access &...
Scaffolding Activities
• Developing a visual narrative based on pure
interpretation
• Assessing & evaluating goals and cho...
Specific Assignments
• All available at http://scds.ca
• StoryMap Assignment
• Public vs. Academic History
• Thinking Crit...
Goal:
For students to use & critically
evaluate their own experiences with
digital resources – and utilize those
experienc...
HUMAN 2DH3 as Container
• Topics course
• No departmental ownership
• Highly flexible
Itinerant Nature of DH
• Contract work, rather than tenure
• Focus shifts with faculty, department
interests, and changes ...
Drawbacks
• Requires constant creation, within
content and context
• Without departmental ties, no easy
recruitment or dep...
Advantages
• Students come from highly varied
disciplinary backgrounds
• Ability to pick topics that are
immediately relev...
Thank you!
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A presentation for the Seeding Digital Scholarship event at McMaster's Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship

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Modular Digital Scholarship // for Seeding Digital Scholarship

  1. 1. Modular Digital Scholarship: HUMAN 2DH3 Dale Askey / Paige Morgan April 24, 2015 Seeding Digital Scholarship
  2. 2. A new digital scholarship course is for students – but also for the entire community invested in digital scholarship.
  3. 3. Basic Strategies • Multiple people (from multiple departments) need to be involved to prevent siloing • Build the course around what already exists • Plan for the course to evolve over multiple years, rather than just one.
  4. 4. HUMAN 2DH3: The Great War: On and Off the Battlefields • Non-discipline specific (open to all Humanities students) • Six instructors (from SCDS, Maps & Data, and Special Collections) • Overarching theme: creating a narrative from diverse data in diverse formats
  5. 5. Major Activities/Skills • Text-mining/Distant reading of a small corpus • Text gathering for the creation of a larger corpus • Small corpus + large corpus investigations = basis for larger narrative developed from data • StoryMap (built in ArcGIS Online): developed to present data narrative
  6. 6. Activities scaffolding towards the StoryMap are designed to prompt students to think about aspects of digital humanities outside of the classroom as well as within it.
  7. 7. Assignment Meta-Questions • What does “significant/historically significant” mean? • How does significance affect access & availability of materials? • What makes a resource engaging? • What is the relationship between engagement, historical significance, and available data?
  8. 8. Scaffolding Activities • Developing a visual narrative based on pure interpretation • Assessing & evaluating goals and choices made in public and academic history projects • Gathering websites/resources to use as models based on student preferences • Writing creative scripts that are revised and adapted into StoryMap format
  9. 9. Specific Assignments • All available at http://scds.ca • StoryMap Assignment • Public vs. Academic History • Thinking Critically About Maps • Digital Resource Evaluation • Storyboard Script
  10. 10. Goal: For students to use & critically evaluate their own experiences with digital resources – and utilize those experiences in the creation of their StoryMap.
  11. 11. HUMAN 2DH3 as Container • Topics course • No departmental ownership • Highly flexible
  12. 12. Itinerant Nature of DH • Contract work, rather than tenure • Focus shifts with faculty, department interests, and changes in availability of tech
  13. 13. Drawbacks • Requires constant creation, within content and context • Without departmental ties, no easy recruitment or department champion (needs extra marketing)
  14. 14. Advantages • Students come from highly varied disciplinary backgrounds • Ability to pick topics that are immediately relevant • Allows for teamwork and collaboration to be a major component of the course • Possible to bring in outside expertise, drawing others into campus DS/DH community
  15. 15. Thank you!

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