Digital Humanities @ MSU is pleased to continue offering a learning community for the 2020-21 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.


Participants will attend one 90-minute hands-on meeting every other month, culminating in each instructor imagining a syllabus that incorporates 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

Meeting Topics

Dates for our community’s fall meetings will be determined immediately following the call for participation and will be based on participant availability. All meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams.

Our community will meet every other month starting in late October and continuing in December, February, and April.

Over the course of the year, we expect to cover a variety of topics and methods, such as:

  • Visualization
  • Text Analysis
  • Social Media & Social Media Analysis
  • Annotation
  • Metadata
  • Mapping


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 (;

Application Process

Please fill out the brief application form by Friday, October 9, 2020.