Learning Community

Digital Humanities @ MSU is pleased to continue offering a learning community for the 2019-20 academic year on “Digital Humanities Pedagogy.”  The community will be a combination of hands-on workshops, stimulating discussion, and collegial support.

This learning community is intended for faculty from any discipline who teach undergraduate courses who are new or somewhat new to digital humanities methods and theories. All instructors (fixed-term, tenure stream, specialists, graduate instructors, adjuncts) who wish to integrate digital projects into their courses are welcome to apply.

Note: This is not a learning community about online teaching per se, but about integrating a digital project (or projects) into a course; this course can be face-to-face, online, or hybrid.

Description

Faculty will attend one workshop per month; these workshops and discussions will culminate in each instructor revising (or creating) a syllabus that integrates a student digital project. Workshops will often be facilitated by guest faculty who have used particular tools or projects in their courses and want to share their experiences.

This learning community may be especially appealing to instructors who want to:

  • Integrate digital methods into your undergraduate course
  • Give students hands-on methods for learning and communicating about culture, society, history, or similar topics
  • Diversify the ways in which students learn and know the content of your courses
  • Develop engaging, active learning assignments that speak to your learning goals
  • Converse with faculty who are experienced with using student digital projects for advice, best practices, pitfalls to avoid, etc.

Topics we will cover may include:

  • Best practices for integrating student digital projects into courses
  • How digital projects can enhance critical thinking and student engagement around humanities and related topics
  • How digital projects differ from traditional projects and papers: advantages and challenges
  • Specific examples of projects, tools, etc., that can enhance conceptual understanding and deepen content knowledge
  • Utilizing MSU resources for teaching with digital projects

Expectations

Faculty in this learning community are expected to:

  • Attend a 90-minute workshop each month
  • Throughout the year, work on revising (or creating) a syllabus that integrates a student digital project to enhance student learning and engagement.
  • The Learning Community as a whole will present at the Teaching and Learning Spring Conference

Meeting Times & Topics

Meetings will take place in Digital Scholarship Lab Conference Room (Project Room J) on Mondays from 3:00-4:30pm.

  • September 23 – Introduction
  • October 21 – Visualization
  • November 18 – Text Analysis
  • December 9 – Social Media & Social Media Analysis
  • January 13 – Annotation
  • February 10 – Metadata and Omeka
  • March 9 – Mapping
  • April 13 – Co-working Time

Organizers

The learning community is facilitated by Kristen Mapes, Assistant Director of Digital Humanities, and Andy Boyles Petersen, Digital Scholarship Librarian. Please direct any questions to Kristen and Andy (kmapes@msu.edu; andyjp@msu.edu).

Application Process

Please fill out the brief application form by Friday, September 13. Wednesday, September 18.