From incorporating maps into historical research, to
analyzing text through the use of online tools, to visiting virtual
exhibit spaces, digital techniques are increasingly important to
scholars and teachers in the humanities.
For University of
Delaware faculty members, graduate students and staff who want to learn
more about the use of such tools in their humanities teaching or
research, registration now is open for a spring semester workshop
series, "Digital Humanities in the Classroom." Participants can register
for any or all of the three workshops, which are free and do not
require any previous digital experience.
The introduction to each
session is open to the public, but registration is required to
participate in the workshops, which have limited space. To register, visit this website.
attending a workshop will use the hands-on session to develop a new
classroom project and associated materials to integrate the project into
the courses they teach.
"The goal of this series is to introduce
digital technologies that can be used for scholarly and classroom use
in the humanities," said Heidi Kaufman,
associate professor of English who is the faculty leader for the
series. "Workshop topics are designed to appeal to a range of humanities
disciplines and to facilitate interdisciplinary work."
workshop, a one-day session titled "Getting Humanities Research 'on the
Map,'" will meet Friday, Feb. 15, in the Morris Library, with an
introduction from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by the workshop itself from
10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. The session will focus on Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) and offer hands-on work in ways to combine research and
mapping. Instructors are Ben Mearns, UD IT specialist, and Shelly McCoy
with the UD Library's Student Multimedia Design Center.
second workshop in the series, also a one-day session, provides an
introduction to the kinds of digital resources available for teachers
and students, including online tools for text analysis, collaborative
wikis and digitized text repositories. "Digital Humanities in the
Classroom: Tools, Tips and Tricks" will meet Friday, March 22, in Morris
Library, also with an introduction from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and the
workshop until 4 p.m. The instructor is Constance Crompton, assistant
professor of digital humanities and English at the University of British
The third session in the series is a two-day workshop
Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, focused on the basics of using Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines to create digital editions of rare,
fragile or important texts and manuscripts, which can then be used for
scholarly or classroom projects. "Creating Digital Editions With TEI"
also will meet in Morris Library, with the introduction from 9:30-10:30
a.m. on April 26 only. The instructors are Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman
of the Brown University Women Writers Project.
spring semester, a series of lectures, "Perspectives of the Digital
Humanities," will be held on campus beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20. For
more about these talks, which are free and open to the public, see the
events listing of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center.
Article by Ann Manser. Originally published January 18, 2013 on UDaily.