Academic Requirements, 2016

There are four requirements for this class:

  1. Attendance and participation – 10%
  2. Resource review blog posts – 20%
  3. Student presentation – 20%
  4. 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. There will be a few small assignments and field exercises on which your participation grade will most most heavily depend.

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.

Student presentation

At the end of the course, each student or student group will be required to deliver a crisp and coherent 7-10 minute presentation on either the work for the DH project or another topic of her/his choosing and imagining. That is, by the end of the course you will be expected to have a either:

  • a deep enough experience using Google Glass and the Structure Sensor to present you work on the course DH project; or,
  • a broad enough experience with digital humanities resources to be able to imagine – not actually create – how a subject that interests you and might be made in to a DH project.

In either case, 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 or self-instituted 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. Depending on the number of students enrolled and the preferences of students, some students will be asked to produce video presentations in lieu of an in person presentation.

DH Project

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 real ‘outputs’ (e.g., 3D models or 1st person videos) and attempt to address some question in the humanities, very broadly defined. Work on your project will constitute 50% of your course grade.

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