There are three requirements for this class:
- Attendance and participation – 10%
- Resource review blog posts – 20%
- Student presentation – 20%
- Structure Sensor / Google Glass project – 50%
Attendance and participation
Each week you will be required to engage with the concept, website, resource, or tool under discussion. Engagement may mean reading the site, demoing the tool, or exploring the resource’s functionalities.
Resource review blog posts
Twice during the semester, on a topic of your choosing, you will describe this engagement in a blog entry of sufficient length. At times, “sufficient” will mean only one page (c. 500 words) of writing. Other times, longer pieces including illustrations will be needed to adequately express what you’ve learned. Because you’ll choose the topic, not doubt you’ll have plenty to say. Each entry is worth 10% of the final grade.
At the end of the course, each student will be required to deliver a crisp and coherent 7-10 minute presentation on a topic of her/his choosing and imagining. That is, by the end of the course you will be expected to have a broad enough experience with digital humanities resources to be able to imagine – not actually create – how a subject that interests you might be made in to a DH project. The presentation is meant to be one part proposal, one part provocation. It should show off what you’ve learned factually during the semester as well as demonstrate your development of a DH imagination. Like any opinion-based assignment, there is no way to get this wrong, but there is plenty of room to fail to put in the effort. The presentation is worth 20% of your grade.
DH is about using digital tools not only to the answer questions we have in the humanities, but also to find completely new ways of looking at those questions. Analyzing old data in a new way – through computation, cartography, visualization, etc. – has been a corner stone of DH. Now, new tools are being fashioned to capture entirely novel forms of information, but we don’t yet know what questions to ask with these tools. Two such tools are Google Glass and the Structure Sensor. We are fortunate to have access to these devices and will build our course’s major project around them. Like the student presentation assignment, what you do with these devices will be based on your interests and your imagination. The only requirements are that you use both of the devices in the project to produce ‘outputs’ (e.g., 3D models or 1st person videos) and attempt to address some question in the humanities, very broadly defined. In the third week we’ll come together as a class to brainstorm ideas, research online tools, platforms, and hosting sites, and to derive some ‘best practices’ for using our devices. Work on your project will constitute 50% of your course grade.