Different Strategies to teaching DH
– Transcribing: convey to students that all internet content is created; National Archives-Citizen Archivist; assign students to transcribe documents for a specific project
– Start with the History of Computers; What is Data?; Spatial, Network, and Text Analysis; Final Project: Write an NEH Grant
– Research v. Skills Oriented
– Collaborative Independent Study: History and Computer Science
– Method and content: One day of the week devoted to DH theory and historical content, the other day devoted to hands-on work at computer/labs.
How do you measure progress?
– Blog posts
– Group projects: rubric, students can see each other’s work for comparison; have students evaluate themselves and their group members; students keep individual log books
How do you sell a DH course?
-part of another course: “digital” and “theory” in course title deters student enrollment
– class marketed as digital history, class theme introduced in the course
– Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan, Scott Weingart
– Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross
– Summer institutes: neh.gov.divisions/odh/institutes