Category Archives: Bringing DH to the CC

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 .

Digital Redux

This past weekend, I attended THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy, a really wonderful gathering of like-minded teachers and tinkerers that gave me a better understanding of how doing DH at the CC can get done.

First of all, the tortured humanists stayed home or kept their torment as a sidebar.  The prevailing attitude could be summed up as, “Ok, so what can we make or do? How can we do it? What would be cool? What would work?” Intellectual work embodied in the Google doc, the tweet, the map, the mini-MOOC, the astronomy tool (you must visit the astronomy tool). Brainy, humanistic fun with a fully engaged group of young and not-so-young (ahem) scholars.

Not that Polly Anna was present–in fact, I really could feel the frustration and worry from those up and coming scholars whose core work is collaborative and hasn’t yet fit into the byzantine tenure metrics that were never that straightforward anyway but are a few years from acknowledging the intellectual labor of DH through tenure and promotion. But still. The work.

I still intend to revise the Google doc we developed during our session on how we might bring DH to community colleges and SLACs (as I was to learn that day small liberal arts colleges). In that session, Jesse, Meg, Keri, Tony, Mary and I brainstormed how we might collaborate to build a curricular path to DH at the lower-division levels and scaffold into four-year degrees, working in both directions.

But what I really came away with from that weekend was how so much of what folks are doing in hybrid pedagogies with DH tools is really not far from what some of my CC colleagues are already doing in brick-and-mortar, including my own offline teaching.  So I took out my (f2f) Shakespeare class “box assignment” menu that I hand to all my literature students at the beginning of class, and I quickly thought through how I might digitally redo them.  I posted my ideas  in a Google doc here. Of course, now the hard part comes–teaching these and developing the real step-by-steps, but that will come.

HT to Peter Rorabaugh for suggesting I post this and that other Campers do the same. Take your classroom practice and flip it, DH-style. And see what turns up. And share it. What can we make or do? How can we do it? What would be cool? What would work?

 

Close and Distant Reading of Student Work

DIGIWRIMO 2012: Close and Distant Reading of Student Work
Yesterday a colleague talked about the importance of teachers seeing the “Big Picture” of student success–of understanding not just what they were doing in the classroom, but also how what they were doing in the classroom connected to something larger–the student’s life before they got there and the student’s story after they left.

This makes me think of Franco Moretti and “distant reading”–how his methodology promotes a way of reading not just the local text but the local text within a vast context of all that was being thought and said–not just (Arnold’s) “best that has been thought and said.”

So this theme emerges then and a tension within it: when we read, we must choose what to read. And when we teach, develop expertise, study, write, we must choose where our focus will be. How can one do close reading and distant reading too–of texts and of students? When we know one small datum about a student–that they failed math twice last year or that this is their first term in college–what does that really tell us? When we read that “battle” is a word that is far more likely to be written in texts by American men than American women until the peak battles of the Civil War, what are we really reading? What are we finding out? I like that Ted Underwood reminds us that when we discover some such pattern it is only the beginning of  a question and not actually an answer.

Still, the tension between close and distant work with students–between reading up close what they have written, commenting on it up close, meeting with them in our offices–and reading about how few of the students who succeed in one’s own class will actually complete their degree–it reveals a problematic lack of correspondence between our efforts as teachers and the effects of those efforts–a lack which is rather demoralizing.

Perhaps that’s why institutions have traditionally separated out this work of close and distant reading. That institutional research reports gives the report cards to ed boards and faculty give the report cards to students. [499 words]