Academic Requirements

There are four requirements for this class:

  1. Attendance and participation – 25%
  2. Resource review blog posts – 25%
  3. Course DH 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. Often there will be a 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 12.5% of the final grade. Blog post #1 is due on March 7 and blog post #2 is due April 18. Both must be posted prior to class.

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. New tools are also being built to capture entirely novel forms of information, but we don’t yet know what questions to ask with these tools. Tools available to us are of course online platforms, but also new hardware like Google Glass, the Structure Sensor, and Bridge. We are fortunate to have access to these devices and will build our course’s major project around them. What you do with these devices will be based on your interests and your imagination. The  only requirements are that you use one online platform and one of the physical devices in the project to produce real ‘outputs’ (e.g., 3D models, 1st person videos, VR/AR environments) 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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