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 instructors 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 program is limited to 15 participants. 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.


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


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.

Meeting Topics

Meetings will take place monthly using Microsoft Teams.

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 and Omeka
  • 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 Thursday, September 24, 2020.