Draft Syllabus for Intro to the Digital Humanities at Stockton College

I thought I’d share my draft syllabus for the Masters of American Studies course I will be teaching in Spring 2014, AMST 5011: Introduction to the Digital Humanities. For the first 6 weeks, we will be taking part in Cathy Davidson’s Coursera course, “The History and Future of Higher Education,” which will run both as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) as well as a DOCC (Distributed Online Collaborative Course).

AMST 5011 will be a hybrid course and materials will be made available on our Canvas website. (Note that as of October 11 the course website is still unpublished).

I welcome constructive commentary and feedback on the syllabus. Thank you for reading!

 

AMST 5011: Introduction to the Digital Humanities

Spring 2014

Professor Adeline Koh

Email: Adeline.Koh@stockton.edu

Twitter: @adelinekoh

Course Description:

The term “digital humanities” has a plethora of different definitions, ranging from the idea of using digital tools to perform traditional humanities work; studying modes of new media as objects of humanistic inquiry; and a new culture and ethos of collaboration. Despite being recently rediscovered as an important new emerging field, “digital humanities” has actually lived in libraries and academic departments for fifty years under the name of “humanities computing.” In this class we will expand our conception of the digital humanities to include discussions on digital pedagogy and 21st century learning; digital cultural studies; and new forms of publication.

This class will:

1)  Introduce you to some basic concepts and debates within the digital humanities in a hands-on way

2) Be ½ theoretical and ½ technical. The class will require you to learn some technical skills (WordPress, HTML, CSS, TEI), and occasionally to broadcast your scholarship and learning in public. Make sure that you are all right with this before signing up for the class.

3) Creating your own web presence via your own self-hosted WordPress blog and through learning HTML and CSS. Markup text for a Digital Humanities Project, Digitizing Chinese Englishmen, into TEI.

4) Take part in a distributed online collaborative course run by Cathy Davidson at Duke University titled “The History and Future of Higher Education.”

 

This course will:

1)    Allow students to gain factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)

2)    Develop specific skills, competencies and points of views needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course

3)    Learn how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems

4)    Develop skill in expressing the self orally or in writing

 

 

Course Texts/Subscriptions:

Lynda.com subscription for class: about $35 for the semester

Reclaim Hosting subscription: $12 a year
GoAnimate 3 month plan Subscription: $18

All readings will either be made available in PDF or are freely available online

 

 

Notes:

On most days you will have training videos to watch and blog posts to complete. All of this has to be completed by 12pm the day of class.

 

Course Requirements:

1)    30% Satisfactory completion of digital projects (WordPress management, HTML/CSS, TEI)

a.     WordPress blog will just be given 1 grade at the end (15%)

b.     HTML/CSS assignments (will total 10%)

c.     TEI assignment (5%)

2)    20% Weekly blogging. This section includes your taking part in the Coursera course, “The History and Future of Higher Education.”

3)    10%–Two GoAnimate videos to illustrate concepts you have learned. One due Feb 12 and the other the last day of class.

4)    15% class participation. You will be expected to meet in person twice during the semester, and on most class days from 6pm-8pm on Canvas or on Google Hangout.

5)    15% Leading class discussion online (One or two presentations)

6)    10% Twitter notetaking for class

 

 

Grading Rubrics for Digital Projects

Digital Projects

A: Exceeds expectations in design and execution

B: Meets expectations in design and execution

C: Some errors in execution, but mostly functional

D: Project incomplete or incoherent.

 

Policies:

–       Late work will be docked one letter grade per day it is late.

–       Attendance at all online meetings is required. We will meet either on Google Hangout or using the Conference function in Canvas. More than two absences on online or in person class sessions will affect your grade.

–       We will meet in person twice during the semester; one during the first day of classes, and on the last day of classes.

 

Resources:

You may work at home or at the DH@Stockton Lab  (F-218). Email Madeline Perez (Madeline.Perez@stockton.edu) to get swipe access to the lab.

 

Office Hours:

I will hold online office hours on Tuesday, time to be determined. If you’re having technical trouble we can troubleshoot them together during these hours.

 

Course Schedule

Week Schedule
January 22 Introductions

*Main campus
–     Introductions to Canvas

–       Introductions to Lynda.com

–       Introductions to Coursera

–       Signing up for HASTAC

–       Creation and joining of HASTAC Group

–       Learning to post on Canvas/how to have online meetings

–       Reclaim Hosting; sign up and install WordPress instance

–       How to use Google hangouts—share screens

–       Download text editor

 

January 29 Taking part in “The History and Future of Higher Education” Week 1.

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/10/06/history-and-future-higher-education-coursera-syllabus-draft

 

Watch Coursera Video Week 1: Guiding Principles and Driving Concepts; Let’s Get Started.

Readings:

●      Chapter 1: How a Class Becomes a Community: Theory, Method, Examples inField Notes for 21st Century Literacies: A Guide to New Theories, Methods, and Practices for Open Peer Teaching and Learning.September 1, 2013. (includes the 21st Century manifesto)

●      “Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in a Digital Age” (aka “Mozilla Manifesto”) 23 January 2013. Web. Accessed 11 June 2013.

What readings do you suggest?  What readings best exemplify the issues where you live, in your world?

 

Lynda.com Work:

WordPress Essential Training: Introduction, Units 1-4 (about 90 mins of video).

 

Assignments Due:

1.     Blog post on HASTAC Group. Should include:

a.     Reflections on COURSERA Video discussion and notes towards a learning manifesto for this class

b.     Reflections on creating your own Domain.

2.     Your own domain must be set up on Reclaim Hosting, and WordPress installed.

 

During Class Meeting Online:

·      We will discuss and brainstorm a manifesto for this class, which will then be posted on HASTAC.

February 5 Taking part in “The History and Future of Higher Education” Week 2.

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/10/06/history-and-future-higher-education-coursera-syllabus-draft

 

Watch Coursera Video Week 2: The iPod Experiment as Learning Model, or Learning vs. Education. + Discussion of FemTechNet White Paper.

Readings:

·      FemTechNet White Paper http://femtechnet.newschool.edu/femtechnet-whitepaper/

 

Lynda.com Work:

WordPress Essential Training: Units 5-8 (about 2 hrs of video)

 

Assignments Due:

1.     Blog post on FemTechNet white paper, the history of educational institutions and learning vs. education on YOUR OWN WORDPRESS BLOG.

2.     Biographical page created on your own WordPress blog with your own professional photograph uploaded

3.     Crosspost your blog post on the HASTAC group.

 

During Class Meeting Online:

·      We will discuss the COURSERA Video and troubleshoot any problems you had setting up. Discussion led by student.

February 12 Taking part in “The History and Future of Higher Education” Week 3.

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/10/06/history-and-future-higher-education-coursera-syllabus-draft

 

Watch Coursera Video Week 3: Teaching Like It’s 1992; discussion of FemTechNet White Paper

Readings:

●      “How to Moonwalk”  Angier de Lumier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EEynvjfljU.

●      Cathy’s blog: http://hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/how-moonwalk-and-why)

 

Assignments Due:

1.     Construct a GoAnimate video on the history of higher education, measuring and defunding state education, and your point of view about this video (you will need a personal subscription, it will cost $18 for 3 months, the duration of the semester) https://goanimate.com/plussignup/?hook=plus_feature.site&gpperiod=year

2.     Upload your GoAnimate video on Youtube and share with the class by 6pm

3.     Blog post explaining your GoAnimate video and your reaction to the readings. The blog post should contain your embedded video.

4.     Crosspost your blog post on the HASTAC group.

 

 

During Class Meeting Online

There will be NO class meeting online today, but you have to post two comments on your classmates’ videos by 9pm.

February 19 Taking part in “The History and Future of Higher Education” Week 4.

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/10/06/history-and-future-higher-education-coursera-syllabus-draft

 

Watch Coursera Video Week 4: 10 Ways to Change the Paradigm of Higher Education (and Unlearning)

Readings for Coursera:

1.     Adrianne Wadewitz, “What I Learned as the Worst Student in the Class” http://www.hastac.org/blogs/wadewitz/2013/08/12/what-i-learned-worst-student-class

 

Lynda.Com Work:

2.     WordPress Essential Training, Units 9-13. (About 2 hrs of video)

 

Assignments Due:

3.     Upload and tweak a new theme on your blog using what you have learned on Lynda.com.

4.     Blog post:

a.     Explaining to the concept of “unlearning” and your response to it

b.     Explaining your change of theme, choices for this change, and how you have tweaked the appearance of the theme and what you hope to have achieved with it.

5.     Crosspost your blog post on the HASTAC group.

 

 

During Class Meeting Online

Discussion of “Unlearning” and WordPress led by student.

Feb 26 Taking part in “The History and Future of Higher Education” Week 5.

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/10/06/history-and-future-higher-education-coursera-syllabus-draft

 

Watch Coursera Video Week 5: Innovations in Pedagogy (Methods) and Assessment

 

Lynda.Com work:

1.     WordPress Essential Training, Units 14-17. (About 1 hr of video)

 

Assignments Due:

·      Blog post on:

a.     Reaction to concepts: student leading, assessment, how to demonstrate mastery of content

b.     How you have secured your WordPress site and are working on getting readers.

·      Crosspost your blog post on the HASTAC group.

 

 

During Class Meeting Online

Discussion of assessment, student leading and WordPress led by student.

March 5 Taking part in “The History and Future of Higher Education” Week 6.

http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2013/10/06/history-and-future-higher-education-coursera-syllabus-draft

 

Watch Coursera Video Week 6. How to Make Institutional Change.

 

Lynda.Com Work

1.     HTML Essential Training: Units 1-4 (About 97 mins of video)

 

Assignments Due:

1.     Blog post on:

a.     Reaction to end of COURSERA course

b.     Submit using Codepen.io a link to your post for the week in HTML form

 

During Class Meeting Online

·      Discussion of end of COURSERA, and starting HTML

 

March 9 No class, Spring break
March 12 What are the Digital Humanities?

 

Readings:

1. Debates in DH – Part 1, Defining the Digital Humanities

http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates

2. A Digital Humanities Manifesto http://www.humanitiesblast.com/manifesto/Manifesto_V2.pdf

 

DH projects to review and discuss:

– Bamboo Dirt

– DH Commons

MORE PROJECTSTBD

 

Assignments Due: Blog post on readings

 

During Online Class Discussion:Discussion of readings led by student

 

March 19 Textual, Computational Analysis and forms of Rhetoric

 

Reading. Selections from:

1. Franco Moretti, Distant Reading

2. Jerome McGann, Radiant Textuality

3. Ian Bogost, Procedural Rhetoric

All readings will be available on PDF

 

DH Projects to Review and Discuss:

1.     Voyant

2.     Wordle

3.     Textal

4.     Topic Modeling (JDH issue)

 

Assignments Due: Blog post on readings

 

During Online Class Discussion:Discussion of readings led by student

 

March 26 Critiques of Digital Humanities

 

Readings:

– Alan Liu

– Tara McPherson

– All of JDH 1:1

– #DHPoco Open Thread

 

Assignments Due: Blog post on readings

 

During Online Class Discussion:Discussion of readings led by student

 

April 2 Because of PRECEPTING, Class will not meet, but assignments due by 9pm:

 

1.     Lynda.Com HTML Essential Training, Units 5-10

2.     Submit a blog post with images, hyperlinks, videos and a list in HTML and CSS using Codepen.io. Submit the Codepen link to me.

 

NOTE:

Extra credit for attending and taking part in Re:Humanities conference, April 3-4

Prof. Koh will be giving the keynote for this digital humanities conference for undergraduates. Stockton students will receive free housing and meals if they choose to attend. Let me know if you’re interested in attending in advance.

April 9 New Models for Scholarly Publishing, Authorship and Sharing

 

Readings:

– Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence (read, at least, the chapters on “peer review,” “authorship,” and “the university”):

– Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular  

Please read the introductory editorial statements from several issues and familiarize yourself with a number of projects in your discipline.

– Roy Rosenzweig, “Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past”

 

DH projects to review and discuss:

–       Digital Humanities Now

–       DHThis

Assignments Due: Blog post on readings

 

During Online Class Discussion:Discussion of readings led by student

 

April 16 TEI Workshop

Readings:

– Julie Meloni, “A Pleasant Little Chat about XML” http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/a-pleasant-little-chat-about-xml/22746

– Introducing XML and TEI

http://www.wwp.brown.edu/outreach/resources.html

– “A Gentle Introduction to XML” http://www.tei-c.org/Vault/P4/doc/html/SG.html

 

Assignments Due: Blog post on readings

 

During Online Class Discussion: TEI Workshop for next week’s assignment.

April 23 TEI and HTML

 

Lynda.com Work:

–       HTML Essential Training, Unit 11-16 (about 2 hrs of video)

 

Assignments Due:

1.     You will be given text on the April 16 workshop to encode into TEI. You should plan to submit the text in TEI by 9pm.

2.     Blog post on your experience with TEI and learning HTML/CSS.
Class will not meet for online discussion to give you time to complete assignments. All assignments are due by 9pm.

April 30 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
*Main Campus

 

Assignments:

–       Produce a GoAnimate video that summarizes your take on digital pedagogy and the digital humanities—what you have learned this semester.

 

In Class:

Presentations on your videos, and celebrations!

 

 

 

Draft Syllabus for Intro to the Digital Humanities at Stockton College

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