Digital Scholarship and Liberal Education

August 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Next week I’ll be leading two sessions as part of the Comparative Humanities Summer Seminar on digital scholarship in the humanities, August 7-10, 2012 at Bucknell University.  Here are the descriptions of those sessions.

Digital Scholarship and Liberal Education

Digital technologies and the Internet have changed the context for inquiry and pedagogy, forcing the production and exchange of knowledge into an increasingly public, global, collaborative, and networked space, and increasing capacity to tackle complex questions across disciplines. How can we prepare our students to live and work in this changed context? How can and should liberal education change to meet that need? Digital scholarship offer undergraduates opportunities to engage in authentic, applied research and prepares leaders for the twenty-first century world of webs and networks.

Rebecca Frost Davis, Program Officer for the Humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), will lead two sessions exploring the integration of digital scholarship into the undergraduate curriculum.

Session 1: Teaching and Learning with Digital Scholarship, Wednesday, August 8, 1 pm – 4 pm

How can digital scholarship support the learning outcomes of liberal education? In this workshop participants will review case studies of digital scholarship integrated into the humanities and social sciences curriculum, including assignments, courses, and undergraduate research. After profiling a pedagogy of digital scholarship at liberal arts colleges, participants will consider how their students might use digital methods of analysis, critique, and networked communication to further liberal education learning goals.

Session 2: Playing with Projects and Tools of Digital Scholarship, Thursday, August 9, 9 am – 12 pm

New digitally-enabled methodologies, like curating, collaborating, manipulating and visualizing data, text analysis, crowdsourcing, etc., are changing the process of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.  Participants in this session will collaboratively explore digital scholarship methodologies by playing with tools and projects that may be included in the humanities and social sciences classroom.  

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