Many argue digital humanities is about building stuff and sharing stuff, reframing the work we do in the humanities as less consumptive and more curatorial—less solitary and more collaborative. In this workshop, participants will experiment with ways technology can be used to build learning communities within the classroom, while also thinking about how we can connect our students to a much larger global classroom. We’ll start at the level of the syllabus, thinking about how we organize and structure hybrid courses and digital assignments, before delving into specific tools and critical orientations to technology.

Participants should expect that the workshop will be hands-on, collaborative, and iterative; we will be using and building, experimenting with the pedagogy we are learning, making our learning environment as we go. The course has no prerequisites. We will work together across skill levels, experimenting with new tools, while adapting and remixing our pedagogies. This isn’t about digital tricks or gimmicks, but a profound re-examination of how we teach. The best digital tools inspire us, often to use them in ways the designer couldn’t anticipate. The worst digital tools attempt to dictate our pedagogies, determining what we can do with them and for whom. The digital pedagogue teaches her tools, doesn’t let them teach her.

This course is 75% full (as of July 1, 2015).

Course Preparation

Students should read all assigned readings prior to arriving. Please bring with you copies of one or more syllabi that you would like to work on, teaching philosophy statements, and one or more assignments.

Course Readings

The Digital Humanities Is About Breaking Stuff by Jesse Stommel
It’s About Class: Interrogating the Digital Divide by Lee Skallerup-Bessette
Maggie’s Digital Content Farm by Audrey Watters
Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum by Dave Cormier (Also:
Ranking, Evaluating, and Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment by Peter Elbow
Play, Collaborate, Break, Build, Share: “Screwing Around” in Digital Pedagogy by Katherine D. Harris
Introducing Digital Humanities Work to Undergraduates: An Overview by Adeline Koh


Hine Hall Room 216