Summer Training

There are a number of summer workshops that train scholars in various digital methods.

DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) –

There is a DHSI information session happening on Thursday, November 16th, at Duke.

HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching) –

DHOXSS (Oxford University) – (Ask Candace Bailey about her attendance at this workshop.)



Notes & take aways from HASTAC 2017. (

An overview: My HASTAC experience focused on questions of centering community & communication in our digital work. Questions such as “who is a scholar” were answered “whoever identifies as a scholar”. Emphasis in both research & teaching on inclusivity, shared credit, collaborative ownership & authorship, recognition of different kinds of academic labor, and community exchange/partnerships as public scholarship.

Reflections and New Ideas

Having a couple days to reflect, I now have a lot of ideas about where I might go with my students. In fact, I’m now thinking of creating a project for another course that I teach, History of Rhetoric. One of my personal research interests is archival work and the various mapping platforms we looked at has encouraged me to think about how I could integrate a local historical (and rhetorical) archival project into the course. I want my students to have the experience of working with primary historical artifacts, and it occurred to me that a nonlinear archive project might be the perfect addition to that course! Stay tuned 🙂

As I’ve been thinking about my original project idea, a photo/digital essay, I’ve wondered if there are any additional platforms that might help organize narratives or arguments that aren’t necessarily well represented in broad geographical maps or timelines. For example, if a student decided to create a photo essay about an event on campus, there may not be enough varying geographical locations or enough passage in time to make significant use of the mapping/timeline platforms we viewed.

I love this example of digital reporting and storytelling, especially in its integration of writing, image, video, and hyperlinking. This piece is much more extensive than I could ask students to create (can’t imagine how much work this was!), but I think the more focused time and space of this story more closely aligns with what my students might produce. Maybe this is similar to what Russell was asking about in terms of conceptual mapping? Any suggestions for other platforms would be fantastic!

One final burning, unrelated question: does anyone have suggestions for free image editing platforms or software?

Awesome time yesterday

I enjoyed the training session. I wrote my original project with several thoughts in mind. After spending time at the training yesterday, I believe there are several projects for me to consider using with my students. This fellowship holds great promise as an opportunity to improve my teaching and reward my research endeavors. It is a great cohort that has been selected. I truly look forward to working with everyone and supporting their goals.

I am curious by nature, so learning anything new is always really fun. Learning new methods, particularly in my discipline where there are so many scholars who are creating digital projects that are so mind blowing.

Can’t Wait!



I want to try it NOW

On our first Saturday together as a cohort of fellows, we learned about so many digital humanities resources (people and tools).  I’m now thinking of very different possibilities than I imagined in my original proposal.

I don’t want to wait until spring semester to dabble.  I want to try some experiments right away.  The question is do I try unfamiliar tools myself until I feel capable before I introduce them to students?  Or might I make tinkering with tools just something we do during some of the workshop class periods in my Professional Writing class, whether I’m quite comfortable or not yet? We’ll already be working with WordPress for digital portfolios, Canva for infographic design, and Issuu for conversion of documents to flip-page magazines.

In addition to the infographic, I’d like to offer other digital mini-projects that students could do that might become pieces to showcase in their professional writing portfolios.  I’m wondering which types are fast enough to learn (for me and them) that they could pull off a short well-polished example relevant to their career interests in, say, a week or two of fooling around. This time would include one class demo and one 60-75-minute in-class workshop period.  Something with mapping just seems eye-catching and informative to add to their showcase.

Students’ professional interests include law, education, medicine, public relations, and one plans to become a chaplain. The group already has a decent collaborative dynamic, so I know they’d help each other out. Any thoughts about a manageable mini-project to add to our repertoire?