What is the Digital Humanities?
- A random news search for some examples to tack onto your developing definition from our assigned readings:
- “Behold, a Database that Tracks 500 Simpson’s Episodes” (The Atlantic, September 8, 2014)
- “Before Computers, People Programmed Looms (The Atlantic, September 16, 2014)
- “Digital Keys for Unlocking Humanities Riches” (New York Times, 2010)
- “Five Lessons from the Digital Revolution” (Vanity Fair, September 15, 2014)
- Digital Humanities Now, “Editors Choice: Archives“
What’s does DH look like?
- Some databases for you to explore:
Your Book Review (see growing list of options at Amazon.com) and your Response Paper 1 should address both, somehow.
Week 2 ends at midnight tonight (9/7), so be sure to get your final posts into Forum 4 before that discussion thread closes in a couple hours.
After that, we roll into Week 3. You’ll notice I have opened up all the remaining weeks, so please feel free to have a look around.
- Syllabus and deadlines are available. I made a mistake in the calendar for the syllabus updated on 9/3/14, so please go by the deadlines on the newest version. That version is attached, but you can also access it by clicking the “syllabus” link under the course home tab in eCollege.
- Assignment details for Response Papers 1-2 can now be found at the “Response Papers” link under the course home tab. I have removed Response Paper 3 from the schedule (too ambitious). Now we have only two RPs.
- Deadline for Response Paper 1 is now October 8, one week later than originally announced (see above mistake with calendar). Deadline for Response Paper 2 is November 5.
- Book Reviews: please help us crowd source options for the book reviews by joining the discussion found at the “Book Reviews” link under the course home tab. I’ll share options there as well. Read intro to that section for justification for crowd sourcing and overall goals for this assignment. You’ll need to “claim” your book title by September 28. Book Reviews are due October 29.
Finally, our face-to-face meeting last Wednesday resulted in about 90-minutes of audio with relevant screencast for you to review at your leisure. I am still working with the Faculty Center to get this massive file online, but we should be able to make that happen very soon.
In the meantime, I would like to announce our next face-to-face meeting will be Wednesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:00. We’ll meet in my office (Hall of Languages, Room 209). I will work with Faculty Center to set up a Google Hangout for this event, which will enable us to bring in any of you who may be interested in joining us from a distance. It will also record the session for us, so it seems like an excellent option all around.
Remember, do not feel pressured to attend these meetings. This is an option for those who feel it may be helpful. It is not required in any way. I have chosen to record these lectures for you. Rather than doing this for an empty room, I thought it made sense to invite people to come. That way, you can join in the conversation, ask questions, comment, and all the other graduate student things that make these sessions so interesting. However, you shouldn’t feel you need to come, nor even that you need to shoot me an excuse for not attending.
These are optional meetings. I mean that! Just an option for those who have the time to take advantage of them live. For those who can’t, there is always the recording. Or there will be, as soon as I figure out how to get that up for you.
Thanks, all, for the excellent conversation thus far. Looking forward to more!
- Our Optional, Face-to-Face meetings (Plans for Current and Upcoming Face-to-Face, completely optional meetings)
- Updated Syllabus, with complete calendar
- Response Paper 1, with grading rubric
- Forums, with grading rubric
- Book Reviews, with grading rubric
- Options: I need your help. Things change SO quickly in the DH that the set of options I had ready for you is already hopelessly out of date. Over the next two weeks, I’d like for us to explore titles together. I have created a discussion area in eCollege for this (see “Book Reviews” link under Course Home tab). Keep a running list of titles in our readings that seem worthy of further exploration. Search amazon.com for titles dealing with digital humanities and an area of interest for you. Share those titles as you find them by posting them to this discussion area. If more than one of you wants to review the same title, that’s absolutely fine. Let’s talk about how to make that productive.
- Reading Groups:I would highlight suggest you form reading groups around these texts. Read them together and meet at least a couple of times to discuss what you have read. This conversation will lead to richer reviews and it’ll be a lot more fun in the process.
- Deadline for “Claiming” the book you would like to review:
UNIT 1: Definitions and Debates in the DH (Response Paper 1)
UNIT 2: Environmental Scan (Response Paper 2)
UNIT 3: Entering the Conversation: Applications and Next Steps (Response Paper 3)
7. Overview: Digital Humanities
8. Discussion: Jones, Chapters 1-2 (Eversion and Dimensions); Gold, “The DH Movement“
Last week’s optional class meeting was great. I was delighted to sit down face-to-face with several of you and talk a bit about DH, your interests, and the general outline of our course plans/goals as they may serve those interests. As discussed last week, I’m eager to do this again. Several have asked about making this a regular thing. I’d be delighted to. Several also asked if we might be able to do this at a different time as they have conflicts with the 4:30 start time. Absolutely. I know several of you are teaching in the metroplex, which makes travel to Commerce by that start time an impossibility.
I think I have a way to accommodate our diverse needs going forward. Check this out:
- Record meetings and make them available in eCollege: We will be recording our face-to-face meeting this week, which we will be holding again Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 (9/3). This week’s meeting will be held in the Sam Rayburn Student Center, Integrity Room (Second Floor). This recording will be made available to you on via a link in the eCollege platform. We do this with any future meetings as well. Alas, we did not figure out a good way to record last week’s meeting. So those conversations were not preserved. But the solution this missed opportunity next time around will be . . .
- Repeating vital information: At last week’s meeting, we went over the syllabus and course goals. I showed some examples of DH and we talked about the complexity of defining it–not just here but among the seminal figures in DH who call themselves DHers. Not everyone agrees. At this week’s meeting, I will go over the syllabus and course goals again–this time in greater detail. You’ll have access to the entire course calendar by that time, and I’ll go over that. I’ll talk more about your Forums and evaluation tools for those, as well as your upcoming response papers. I will spend some time with Response Paper #1, which you’ll have access to by that time as well. Much of what I will be going over will just be a verbal reinforcement of information made available in eCollege. However, many do find that useful. The bulk of the course will be spent in conversation with you, as we work to align your goals with the many possibilities available via DH (and engaged through our various assignments).
- Polling you guys for available times and offering future meetings at times most conducive to your schedules. I have set up a poll to determine when might be the best time to offer our Week 3 optional meeting. Please respond to that as soon as you can at http://doodle.com/d6ygpyrqxg57z8r2 . Let me know if you have any difficulties with it. I’ll leave that open until our Wednesday meeting this week (9/3). That way we can announce the Week 3 meeting with enough wiggle room for interested folks to make arrangements to join us. I did not get the poll to you guys in time to make those arrangements for this Week 2 meeting. With my delay and the Labor Day holiday, it just made more sense to go forward with the time already scheduled.
- Social Media or other means of bringing those who can’t physically attend the session into the meeting. Under the Week 2 tab and all the remaining Weekly tabs available, I have included a link for “General Questions and Contributions to f2f Meeting” We’ll use this for any questions you may have about the course, assignments, or other more general contributions and queries that might not seem exactly right for the Forums themselves but seem nonetheless important. I would also like for you to contribute to the face-to-face meeting by sharing questions you would like answered there, as well. I will cull this discussion area for your contributions to our f2f meeting before we meet to ensure those who can’t be there are represented as well. Going forward, let’s also explore mechanisms for folks to join us in real-time—Google Hangouts, twitter, ???. Hopefully we can implement those very soon, as well.
So, there you have it! We have a plan. Or at least we have a plan for making a plan! In any case, this is what’s going on. Again, these are not required meetings. I know you guys are busy and schedules are tight, so some of you may not be able to join us at of the available times. This is a key reason people choose online courses, after all. So you can take courses instead of sleeping.
However, if you are available and can join us I hope you will. Ideally, I will be able to offer additional face-to-face meetings (optional) several times this fall.
Next week, we wrap up Texas A&M-Commerce’s very first course on the digital humanities. When I proposed this graduate Our graduate seminar (English Studies and the Digital Humanities) Indeed, our seminar (English Studies and the Digital Humanities) is the fist of its kind .
It seems fitting that I reflect on them in the first post at our university’s first blog dedicated to the digital humanities. In designing the course, I relied upon the numerous