My Latest from NITLE’s Techne Blog: Fighting Digital Humanities Isolation

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on January 26, 2012 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

Last year, NITLE published a widely-shared white paper (Divided and Conquered: How Multivarious Isolation Is Suppressing Digital Humanities Scholarship) that pointed to the challenges of isolation for digital humanists. This challenge especially affects digital scholars at small liberal arts colleges. Quinn Dombrowski and I wrote that paper because we were part of a small group working on a project to address that challenge. I am happy to report that our project, DHCommons (Digital Humanities Commons) officially launched on January 5, 2011 at the MLA convention with a workshop on Getting Started in the Digital Humanities.  You can see a video of Ryan Cordell’s official introduction to the workshop and the project in his recent ProfHacker post, “DHCommons Launches for All Users.” « Read the rest of this entry »


My Latest from NITLE’s Techne Blog: Digital Humanities for Undergraduates Session at #AACU12

January 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on January 26, 2012 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

A group of digital humanists from the NITLE network will be presenting later today on Digital Humanities for Undergraduates at the Annual Conference of theAssociation of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  This post contains my remarks introducing the panel, as well as important links that panelists wanted to share.  The powerpoint is available via SlideShare.

Student working on the Homer Multitext

Welcome! My name is Rebecca Frost Davis, and I am the Program Officer for the Humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education or NITLE.  NITLE works with its network of liberal arts colleges to enrich undergraduate education and use technology strategically to advance the liberal arts mission. We are particularly concerned with the future of liberal education; my colleague, Bryan Alexander will be leading a session tomorrow that uses scenario exercises to help envision and prepare for that future.  Today’s session focuses specifically on the future of the humanities, both as a body of knowledge and as it is embodied in our students as future humanists. « Read the rest of this entry »

My Latest from NITLE’s Techne Blog: Mapping Stories for Student Learning

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on January 24, 2012 at NITLE’s Techne blog,

Pins indicate stories in the Cleveland Historical Mobile App.

How might projects combining digital storytelling and mapping help students learn?  Digital storytelling has become a prevalent pedagogy at small liberal arts colleges, as we explored in a previous impromptu videoconference discussion.  Aggregating and visualizing stories spatially, offers a layer of analysis and synthesis to the student learning experience.  Since residential liberal arts colleges often have a strong sense of place, this spatial aspect to storytelling seems especially promising. Yesterday, ten faculty and staff involved or interested in such projects joined me for a Google+ Hangout to discuss the challenges and benefits of place-based storytelling. « Read the rest of this entry »

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