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The Digital Dossier: Combining Effective Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship

Research and teaching are often thought of as dichotomous, but how can we yoke the two, creating digital projects that are engaging for our students and effective for our own scholarly research?

Erin Kingsley

on 7 August 2013

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Transcript of The Digital Dossier: Combining Effective Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship

The Digital Dossier:
Combining Effective Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship

My name is Erin M. Kingsley, a 6th yr Ph.D. Candidate in the English Dept. at CU-Boulder

Links to all my references and sources will be provided on my homepage: http://erinkingsley.wordpress.com/
Digital Pedagogy and Projects in the Classroom
Key word: visualization
Digital Scholarship
For inspiration:
Combining Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy
DH is the future! Embrace it now!
First Rule of Digital Literacy:
Know what tool to use, and when.

Key Terms:
Digital Scholarship: dissemination of digital projects

Digital Projects: anything that employs computer technology

DH: Digital Humanities
Definition of Digital Humanities
“a diverse and still emerging field that encompasses the practice of humanities research in and through information technology, and the exploration of how the humanities may evolve through their engagement with technology, media, and computational methods” - Digital Humanities Quarterly
An online library of relevant links built through Delicious.com - http://www.delicious.com

Create a map of all the places a certain figure (historical or fictional) visited

Example of an interactive map of Ulysses: http://ulysses.bc.edu/

Example of an interactive map of Africa: http://worldmap.harvard.edu/africamap/
Graphing projects
Map correspondence, travels, main people the author or figure wrote to each year (sort by gender, location, age, etc).

Graphing software: https://gephi.org


Digital Storytelling
Example student project
Examples of digital projects
Any incorporation of blogging, Twitter, YouTube, flickr in the classroom (Web 2.0 apps)
Online archive
A digitized collection of work on a specific thing, person, or event -- no matter how big or small!

For dreamers: http://whitmanarchive.org/
Collaborative Annotation assignment
Annotate a text together (digital or otherwise) using Bounce, Diigo, or Shared Copy:

Example Assignment: http://www.wwp.brown.edu/wwo/teaching/assignments/annotation.html

List of tools: http://mashable.com/2010/12/23/free-annotation-collaboration-tools/
Use http://voyant-tools.org/ to visualize a digital text in new ways

Best Practices
Clear goals
Fit goals into broader goals of dept., if you can
Step-by-step instructions
Devote a chunk of time to the project
Collaboration, Creativity, Conversation
Show examples, but
Release control
Commit to taking a risk
Consider "transferable digital skills"
Assessing digital work
Getting started...
Ask yourself:
What are you motivated by?
How can you visualize an under-represented figure, event, or book in a new way?
How can you not just show data, but manipulate it?
How can you increase student learning?
How can what we do in the classroom resonate all over the world?

* taken from Lisa Spiro, "Getting Started in Digital Humanities"
Issues to consider
The comfort of your institution
Comfort of your students
Comfort of your manager, chair?
Do you need to ask before you "go nuts" digitally?
Questioning the value of digital work
Scholarly argument?
Necessity of text-based argument?
Collaboration issues
Scholarly, service, or pedagogical?
Completion vs. in progress?

* Taken from Ruth Stark, "What Counts"
Examples of digital scholarship
Blogs - http://justtv.wordpress.com/

Mapping texts and new visualizations

Creating a video book - Learning from YouTube: http://vectors.usc.edu/projects/learningfromyoutube/index.php
Write an "enhanced digital book," or ebook. See http://www.cplong.org/cplportfolio/dh2013sppp/

Think about how to generate a conversation about a specific text with asynchronous readers around the world
Publish in an online, interdisciplinary journal:


Best Practices for digital scholarship
Keep meticulous records
Clarify your "intellectual contribution" (Starkman)
Remember: tradition loves paper
Keep a well-rounded dossier
Be ready to explain the significance of your digital work
Be transparent with your boss, manager, committee
Be clear about your digital aspirations from the moment you are hired!
Best Practices
License your work - Creative Commons - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US

Publish your work online using http://figshare.com/

Employ http://impactstory.org/ to chart your influence

Imbed a real-time impact badge - http://www.altmetric.com/

Employ "frictionless sharing"
Digitize old texts
See the Thoreau project: http://www.digitalthoreau.org/

Also see Woolf online: http://woolfonline.com/
Don't try to do everything at once
Devote each year of teaching to one new tool
Looking for new tools? http://tapor.ca/
On breaks, research one new aspect of DH
Start reading up on DH blogs like http://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/
Be okay with not exactly knowing what you're doing
Explore new tools with your students together - it will be a learning adventure for everyone!
Now it's your turn!
Thinking of everything we have just covered, spend a few minutes trying to come up with one digital project you could create and begin, either just as scholarship or, even better, as scholarship AND pedagogy combined. Then partner up and share what you came up with.

Remember: all links in this program, and many more, can be found at www.erinkingsley.wordpress.com
Pitfalls and Drawbacks
How to access data?

Lack of funding

Current academic culture

Housing online

Useful links to inspire!
Build your own little archive using Omeka - http://www.Omeka.org

Examples of student archives, created in Omeka, in a professor’s Digitizing History class: http://dh2010.umwblogs.org/

Mapping the Republic of Letters - http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/

Attend a THATCamp - http://thatcamp.org/
More inspiration
Attend Digital Humanities 2014 next year

Attend the CU Symposium on Digital Humanities on August 22, 2013 - http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/research/subjectguides/DigitalHumanities/digitalhumanities-symposium.htm

Begin reading Digital Humanities Quarterly or the Journal of Digital Humanities - both available online
Completion grade or no?
Grade by series of small tasks
Have students help you create a grading rubric
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