The Lewis & Clark Introducing Digital Pedagogy into the Humanities workshop is looming on the horizon, so this is a good opportunity to welcome you all, share a sense of expectations and methodology, and help you prepare for the workshop.
To give you a brief idea of who I am and how I approach digital pedagogy and broader fields of digital humanities: I am Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Bucknell University. I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Renaissance Literature and Multimedia. Before coming to Bucknell I was a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech, engaged in pedagogical research related to writing and communication curricula. My research interests include early modern drama, literature and popular culture; my interest in digital humanities is primarily one of application to research and in the classroom. To that end I experiment with a variety of digital modes and tools to help me address a variety of research questions that might not be foregrounded through more traditional approaches. My most recent research involves mapping and visualization of sixteenth-century touring theatre troupes throughout England, and I have created a variety of course assignments in which undergraduates engage in meaningful research associated with early modern subject matter. I have also taught courses in media studies and interaction design in which students have focused on current events analysis and service learning to help them to achieve better understanding of how their engagement with digital media in the classroom affects their lives beyond campus. You can find out more about what I’m up to at http://dianejakacki.net.
Review of your goals for assignment development reflect the breadth of courses and approaches that you bring to the workshop. As you’ll see from the Agenda incorporated into the L&C workshop webpage, our three days together will be filled with a combination of discussion, tool experimentation, with plenty of time for breakout work. In particular we’ll be looking at ways in which to develop and assess dynamic writing and visualization assignments; however, this workshop should reflect your interests and needs as much as possible. To that end we will begin the workshop with an introduction/planning session in which the objectives many of you have already outlined in your registrations will be shared, extended, and enhanced. My objective is to help you look beyond the digital tools to establish learning environments in which your students will strengthen their critical engagement with your course subjects as they become more discerning users and creators of digital media.
In preparation for the workshop I have added to this site a Sandbox (which will grow over time) and some articles for Further Reading that will be incorporated into the workshop. These readings are not in any way required, but may help you consider some of the topics that we will discuss. Since this site is meant to be as inclusive as the workshop, I hope you will consider sharing with the rest of us any tools or readings that you have encountered. As well, I encourage you to introduce yourself to the other members by posting to the site.
I look forward to meeting you all soon. If you have any questions or want to communicate with me prior to August 12, please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.