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Introducing Digital Pedagogy into the Humanities Workshop

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


When:  August 12-14, 2013

Where: Lewis & Clark College 

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Registration (Registration is reserved for ten Lewis & Clark faculty and four spots (at least three for faculty) from the other NW5C schools. Registration is on a first come first served basis.


This workshop provides a “best practices” approach to using digital humanities tools and processes in humanities courses for the purposes of communication, collaboration and facility of research. This three-day workshop will move from a theoretical to a practical framework. It will provide participants with an overview of how best to incorporate Digital Humanities tools into a given syllabus, and how to harness DH tools to support larger pedagogical objectives, set goals, and manage expectations. The workshop will be tool- and method-centric, and we will be invested in experimenting with an array of options. Participants are asked to bring at least one sample assignment or syllabus, which will be used as the basis for much of the work we do as the course progresses. We recommend that you bring your own computer, but can accommodate those who can’t. By the course’s conclusion, participants should leave with (at a minimum) an assignment or syllabus that better meets their own expectations of digital pedagogy in the humanities.


Diane Jakacki is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator for Bucknell University. Her research specialties include digital humanities approaches to early modern British literature and drama, popular culture, visual rhetoric, and multimedia theory and design. She has established a reputation as a developer of digital pedagogy approaches to composition, literature, and drama. She is active in the field of digital humanities research and praxis as an Assistant Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, a collaborator on imageMAT, the Iter Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance collaborative research project, and the Records of Early English Drama.


Monday, August 12
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Introduction/Planning Session

Participants share names, affiliations, positions, relationship to the classroom and to students. Participants free-write strengths, needs, and concerns about digital pedagogy.

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Topic Discussion

Course and assignment design; teaching *with* tools vs. teaching tools. Model: straightforward blog assignment.

12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Lab Session #1

Collaborative online writing environments (Google Docs, Blogs/WordPress, Wikis)

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 Small Group/Individual Work

Single collaborative writing assignment project development.

4:30-5:00 Full Group Work Review
5:00-7:00 Reception


Tuesday, August 13
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Topic Discussion

Focus on how to teach text analysis, mapping & visualization, etc. (as opposed to applying these tools to a humanities or social sciences course)

10:30-10:45 Break
10:30-12:00 Lab Session #2

Visualization tools (Timelines, Google Maps, 3D modeling, Volant, etc.)

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 Hybrid Session: Teaching DH Tools & Group Work

Assignment integration into syllabi and course objectives.
Model: scaffolded assignment.

2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Small Group/Individual Work

Scaffolded assignment project development.

4:30-5:00 Full Group Work Review


Wednesday, August 14
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
 9:00-10:30 Topic Discussion

Models: Individual assignment, scaffolded assignment, full course integration.

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Small Group/Individual Work

Setting up assessment strategies for courses that incorporate single and/or scaffolded assignments.

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Topic Discussion

Returning to the classroom: how (and from whom) to ask for help; what happens when help isn’t available (breakout groups by school)

2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Final Small Group/Individual Work

Polish assignment deliverable and/or retool based on discussion.

4:00-5:00 Closing Session

Lessons learned, takeaway, definitions of success.


For more information or questions, please contact Kelly Wainwright,, 503-768-7245.