Surveying Undergraduate Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges

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My part of the Future of Undergraduates Digital Humanities Panel

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Surveying Undergraduate Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges

  1. 1. Surveying  Digital  Humani1es  at   Small  Liberal  Arts  Colleges   Rebecca  Frost  Davis   Director  of  Instruc1onal  and   Emerging  Technology   St.  Edward’s  University    
  2. 2. NITLE  Digital  Humani1es  Ini1a1ve   •  Finding  pockets  of  innova1on   •  Connec1ng  into  coherent,  collabora1ve  effort     •  Advance  the  development  of  digital   humani1es  at  liberal  arts  colleges   •  Promote  the  valuable  contribu1ons  these   colleges  make  to  and  within  the  broader   digital  humani1es  movement  
  3. 3. DH  and  Liberal  Educa1on   Alexander  &  Davis.   “Should  Liberal  Arts   Campuses  Do  Digital   Humani8es?  Process  and   Products  in  the  Small   College  World.”  In   Debates  in  the  Digital   Humani0es,  ed.  MaPhew   K.  Gold.  Minneapolis:   University  of  Minnesota   Press,  2012.  
  4. 4. Defining  Liberal  Educa1on   •  Small,  residen1al,  private,  bachelors  gran1ng   college   •  Study  of  the  liberal  arts  and  sciences   •  Prepara1on  &  skills  for  democra1c  ci1zenship   •  Pedagogical  methodology  &  prac1ces       -­‐-­‐Jo  Ellen  Parker,  “What’s  So  Liberal  About  Higher  Ed?”   Academic  Commons  
  5. 5. High  Impact  Prac1ces  (Kuh)   •  First-­‐Year  Seminars  and   Experiences   •  Common  Intellectual   Experience   •  Learning  Communi1es   •  Wri1ng-­‐Intensive   Courses   •  Collabora1ve   Assignments  and   Projects   •  Undergraduate   Research   •  Diversity/Global   Learning   •  Service  Learning,   Community-­‐Based   Learning   •  Internships   •  Capstone  Courses  and   Projects  
  6. 6. NITLE  Survey  of  Digital  Humani1es   at  Liberal  Arts  Colleges   •  AY  2012-­‐2013:  survey  &  interviews   •  Current  results   – 32  ins1tu1ons   – 50  responses   •  Ques1ons   – Ac1vi1es   – Support   – curriculum   faculty   library   administrator   IT   museum  
  7. 7. Why  DH?  (individual)   0%# 5%# 10%# 15%# 20%# 25%# 30%# future#scholarship# individual#interest# digital#literacy# pedagogy# collab;undergrad;research# student#engagement# public#mission# liberal#educa=on# student#marketability# online#learning# recrui=ng#
  8. 8. Ins1tu1onal  Structure   Center& Ini)a)ve& Group& Projects& None&
  9. 9. Curricular  Structure   •  Of  32  ins1tu1ons  surveyed:     – 1  has  a  major,  minor,  or  program   – 4  have  a  digital  humani1es  course,  e.g.,   Introduc1on  to  Digital  Humani1es   – 23  have  courses  with  some  Digital   Humani1es  
  10. 10. Avenues  to  Engage  Undergrads  in   Digital  Humani1es   0%# 10%# 20%# 30%# 40%# 50%# 60%# 70%# Coursework# Undergrad#Research# Thesis/Project# Work# Internship#
  11. 11. What’s  in  a  Name?   •  Digital  Humani1es   •  Digital  Scholarship  (Occidental  College)   •  Digital  Studies  (Davidson  College)   •  Digital  Pedagogy  (Whiher  College)   •  Digital  Liberal  Arts  (Great  Lakes  College   Associa1on)    

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