Category Archives: Bringing DH to the CC

Weeks 9 & 10: Collaborating with COCC and NYPL “What’s on the Menu?”

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Spring 2017 DH at CC Course goes Live!

It’s hard to believe that it’s Week 10 of an 11-week term! I’m sure my online students are as breathless as I am.  Just as I had expected, there was no way we could fit everything into this term, and so as I wrote to my students with the final sandbox assignment of the term last night, I had to erase the sentence, “This assignment has two parts.” I had so wanted to ask my students to create digital editions of restaurant menus for this last week. Shawna Ross at Texas A & M had given a wonderful workshop on how to create “minimal computing” digital editions, and I was intending to assign this to my students. But I realized that it was too much mental load to expect students could research and curate menus in our area, then scan and OCR them, and then post them in Omeka.

So instead, I stuck with the original New York Public Library “What’s on the Menu?” crowdsourced proofing/reviewing project. While they won’t experience a “whole game” experience of creating digital editions and posting them in their archives as I had intended, they will experience the “whole game” of participating in the development of a world-class digital archive. 

Last week, students from Central Oregon Community College, under the care of Professor Annemarie Hamlin, collaborated with my students on a digital maps project. We had intended for that project to be hosted by the DH@theCC Commons, but we had trouble with the invitations in Buddy Press, so we relied on Google Docs and I have to say it didn’t work badly at all!

Here are the assignment sheets:

Week 9: Cross-Institutional Collaboration

Collaboration with Central Oregon CC Students 

Week 10: “What’s on the Menu?” Crowdsourced Review Assignment

What’s on the Menu Assignment

 

Week 1 of ENG 217: Reading, Writing, and Digital Culture

I feel very privileged that my ENG 217 course “Reading, Writing, and Digital Culture” (Intro to DH) not only “made” enrollment minimums but actually filled to capacity! If your department isn’t under enrollment pressures, then you wouldn’t understand. But, suffice it to say, I tried to offer this course twice before and it didn’t “make,” so I’m thrilled. 

It is now an online course. This means I have had to rethink it and really map out every single step for students, anticipating missteps and gaps in understanding. Many students take online courses because their lives are extremely busy, but their preparation for digital projects can be uneven and frustration can lead to disappearance–this disappearance is for me the biggest threat and worst result of bad online pedagogy.

So here’s Week 1. I’m posting my syllabus with this week’s “Sandbox exercises,” both of which have worked in the f2f classroom as versions of DH labs I’ve taught. Now that everything’s online, my hope is that these instructions are clear enough that everyone has fun, sticks around long enough to read and learn more.

ENGLISH 217 SYLLABUS 

In the spirit of open sharing, I am sharing here the blog I created to provide an example for students–so that they can see what I mean when I ask them to post this or that on their blog. In my Blogger I am not blogging to impress but rather to simply demo: “What would it look like to do this assignment?” 

So here’s the blog prototype. It may not be interesting to you except as an example of an example for students and it’s helpful for me as a record of this work.

Threshold Concepts and DH at the CC

DH at CC Course Poster

Spring 2017 DH at CC Course goes Live!

At the Community College Humanities Association PNW earlier this month, I discussed my development of “threshold concepts” for digital humanities as a way of bridging and scaffolding accessible DH work into community college courses–simultaneously teaching a “whole game” approach that is valuable to all students while also preparing transfer students for a 21st century humanities education. Powerpoint is here: this-digital-life

Actually I retrofitted threshold concepts onto course assignments I had already developed or am in the process of developing for my Spring 2017 Intro to DH course entitled “Reading, Writing and Culture in a DIgital Age.” I took a page from Ryan Cordell’s wise essay and chose a title that refers to concrete practices that novice humanities students and Gen Ed students alike would recognize.

Here are some of the assignments that I’m still tinkering with–some of them are in the process of being developed, some have already worked successfully. One assignment is adapted out of a lengthy and sophisticated assignment in Bruno Latour’s “Scientific Humanities” MOOC and another was inspired by Jena Osman’s Public Figures book and website to provide opportunities for students to practice humanities methods of observation, analysis and creative imagining in their daily lives.

Humanities Computing or Digital Humanities is…

—About the Book

…About how algorithms-organize-information-essay-wr122

…About anticipating questions anticipate-your-audience-faqs-assignment-sheet

…About glitches and breaking-stuff-write-like-gertrude

…About non-human subjectivities synthetic-selfies-and-monumental-subjects

..About how words-get-their-meaning-from-other-words

…. About building an audience for your cause writing-studio-exercise-awareness-object-artifact

NEH Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities Summer Institute July 13-17, 2015

neh_logo_horizontal_rgbPlans are underway for Lane’s NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute July 13-17, 2015.

Applications have closed. We have confirmed our cohort of 29 participants from 12 states and DC.

Here’s my 3-minute lightening-round presentation on this summer’s institute.

PARTICIPANTS: CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE INSTITUTE PAGE FOR UPDATES ON INSTITUTE INFO

The institute, entitled An Institute for Community College Digital Humanists: Beyond Pockets of Innovation, Toward a Community of Practice.

Since I first began my engagement with DH, I have noticed that community college humanists have been slow to join conversations and communities of practice in digital humanities (DH).  This is in part because serving students in an open-access context involves intensive teaching and service workloads and constraints on professional development. This institute seeks to address this lag in DH at community colleges.

This summer, a distinguished group of institute faculty will lead 29  CC faculty in a week of engagement with DH theory and methods, tool building and pedagogical innovations that scaffold digital humanities for the unique learning needs of their students.

One goal of this institute is to offer a context for CC faculty to participate in the definition of digital humanities practice to include the work of community college teachers, scholars and students. The participants will emerge with a firm grounding in the depth and complexity of DH and its applicability to their courses. They will create a portfolio of project prototypes in data visualization, geospatial mapping, crowdsourcing, and digital storytelling, et al.

To extend the reach of the institute, a public keynote address by Professor Marta Effinger-Crichlow of City Tech in New York, will welcome the community into the DH conversation, and participants’ work will be shared in an online commons that will serve as a hub for developing a community of practice.

 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do
not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

NEH ODH Start-Up Grant Project: Video of Community College Humanities Assn Session

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One of the activities of the Lane’s NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant “Bringing Digital Humanities to the Community College and Vice Versa” was an all-day pre-conference strategic discussion at the Community College Humanities Association national meeting, October 24, 2013. The meeting was recorded by videographer Russell H. Shitabata. Click on each picture below to watch the video of the sessions. Scroll to the end to view links to sites referred to in the videos.

Session I: Anne McGrail, Terri Whitney and Jake Agatucci, “DH in Community Colleges Now”

Project Director Anne McGrail Introduces DH Expert Panel in Session I of "Bringing Digital Humanities to the Community College" Pre-Conference Session at the CCHA 2013

Project Director Anne McGrail Introduces DH Expert Panel in Session I of “Bringing Digital Humanities to the Community College” Pre-Conference Session at the CCHA 2013

McGrail Intro Slides DH at CC

Session II: Jesse Stommel and Rebecca Frost Davis, “”In the Open Access, Lower-Division Classroom: Pedagogy and Faculty Development”

Jesse Stommel and Rebecca Frost Davis Lead Session II, "In the Open Access, Lower-Division Classroom: Pedagogy and Faculty Development"

Jesse Stommel and Rebecca Frost Davis Lead Session II, “In the Open Access, Lower-Division Classroom: Pedagogy and Faculty Development”

Session III: Dean Rehberger and Matthew K. Gold, “Equity and Institutional Policy: Opportunities and Obstacles for DH Development on Community College Campuses”

Dean Rehberger and Matthew K. Gold lead Session III, "Equity and Institutional Policy: Opportunities and Obstacles for DH Development on Community College Campuses"

Dean Rehberger (l)  and Matthew K. Gold (r)  lead Session III, “Equity and Institutional Policy: Opportunities and Obstacles for DH Development on Community College Campuses”

 

List of Website Resources Referred to in DH at the CC Session Videos

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http://nycdh.org/

http://thatcamp.org/

http://mla2013.thatcamp.org/about-thatcamp/

http://explorepahistory.com/

http://msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu/

http://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/

http://commonsinabox.org/

http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/

http://lookingforwhitman.org/courses/

http://waterandwork.wordpress.com/

http://ohda.matrix.msu.edu/

http://www2.matrix.msu.edu/

http://publicphilosophyjournal.org/

http://historyhacks.org/

http://www.jessestommel.com/hypertext/wordle.html

http://www.jessestommel.com/hypertext/

http://www.jessestommel.com/

http://rachelblumeblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/viscera/

http://lanssolo.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/a-certain-slant-of-light-typographically-speaking/

http://timmydigiwriting.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/photo.png

http://www.jessestommel.com/digitalhumanities/

http://rachelblumeblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/20130602-211240.jpg

http://rachelblumeblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/final-project/

http://rachelblumeblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/what-the-helvetica/

http://rachelblumeblog.wordpress.com/

http://rachelblumeblog.wordpress.com/page/2/

http://www.jessestommel.com/digitalhumanities/syllabus.html

http://www.jessestommel.com/digitalhumanities/syllabus.html

http://www.jessestommel.com/digitalhumanities/blog/index.html

http://www.racheldoesstuff.com/

http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/Digital_Humanities_is_About_Breaking_Stuff.html

http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/Architecture/CustomHouse/Introduction.html

http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/Architecture/Introduction.html

http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/Introduction.html

http://hawthorneinsalem.org/

http://hawthorneinsalem.org/mmd/search.php?view=0&search=witches&topic=0&mediasel=1&submit=submit

 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do
not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Survey Data Available from National Survey of Digital Humanities in Community Colleges

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WHICH METHODS FAMILIAR WITH

 

In Summer/Fall 2013, I implemented the National Survey of Digital Humanities in Community Colleges. The survey was a major activity of Lane’s NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Project, “Bringing Digital Humanities to Community Colleges and Vice Versa.”

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I sent notices out to humanities departments across the country, including Lane.  The aim of the survey was to develop a picture of the role that digital projects, digital pedagogies, digital archives, methodologies, rhetorics and tools play in the pedagogical practice and professional lives of community college faculty and instructional staff. The ultimate aim of this project is to develop a national community of practice in digital humanities at community colleges in the U.S.

Click on this link for summary survey data from the Fall 2013 National Survey of Digital Humanities in Community Colleges, a project sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant.

A PDF of the survey data is available here:  Survey Results All March 2014

 

Slides from CCHA DH at the CC Workshops Thursday and Saturday

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A major activity of Lane’s National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities Start-Up grant was a pre-conference all-day workshop at the Community College Humanities Association Conference in Louisville October 24, 2013. A follow-up session on Saturday was intended to extend the reach of the project to interested CCHA members unable to make the pre-conference session.

Eternal September of DIgital Humanities

Here is the link to the Haiku Deck slides from Anne McGrail’s introduction to the all-day workshop at the CCHA in Lousiville October 24, 2013.  And here is the text of the  Introduction: Bringing DH to the CC

Work on the Hard Parts!

Here are the slides from Anne McGrail’s Saturday Workshop “Helping Students Navigate the ‘Digital Turn’ in Humanities.”  SATURDAY WORKSHOP DH AT THE CC

My Storify of Tweets from DH at the CC October 24

Here’s the link to my Storify of the Tweets from Matthew K. Gold, Jesse Stommel, Rebecca Frost Davis, myself and others from the October 24th Preconference Session at the Community College Humanities Association, “Bringing Digital Humanities to the Community College and Vice Versa”

http://storify.com/DocMcGrail/doing-dh-at-the-cc-ccha-2013-preconference-session

 

Thirteen Ways of Doing DH at the CC

In anticipation of this week’s Community College Humanities Association national conference meeting, I am posting this compilation of assignments that I have developed over the past year. These assignments rely heavily on the educational sites that they link to. The procedural instructions are my main curricular contributions.

Check them out here: Thirteen Ways of Doing DH at the CC A Resource Packet

Thirteen Ways of Doing DH at the CC by ANNE B MCGRAIL is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at VARIED EDUCATIONAL .