Reality Bytes: An Introduction to the Digital Humanities
Areas of Knowledge: I&S
Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Class Hashtag: #uwbdh13
Class Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/ruthmg/wordpress/
In this Discovery Core III course we will be putting the final touches on your freshman portfolios while looking at the burgeoning methodologies of the Digital Humanities. The term “Digital Humanities” refers to the marriage of Internet and new media tools with more traditional Humanities-style scholarship subjects. In this class you’ll learn how to create simple portfolios, archives, and projects using digital tools. You will be encouraged to think about how you might creatively present your research and work in your freshman portfolio and beyond. We will also be sharing our knowledge of different Digital Humanities tools with each other. Students who enroll in this course should feel comfortable with a computer (i.e. have sent emails before and understand how to post on someone’s Facebook wall), but do not need to have delved deep into computer programming or Humanities research before the class begins.
Course Learning Goals:
- Explore collegiate-level work in traditional and creative ways.
- Deepen technological proficiencies.
- Explore the process of revising work.
- Create a portfolio that reflects student learning and growth in their first year of college.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the traditional modes of Humanities scholarship.
- Question the divisions between art and technology, scholarship and play.
- Practice and develop peer leadership skills.
At the End of this Course Students Should be Able to:
- Define the term “Digital Humanities.”
- Create basic computer programs in Scratch.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the image manipulation program Gimp.
- Use evidence effectively to support an argument.
- Understand the importance of reflection in academic work.
CUSP Learning Goals (http://www.uwb.edu/cusp/learninggoals):
- Critical and Creative Inquiry
- Quantitative and Qualitative Literacy
- Inclusive Practices
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
Discovery Core Sequence and the E-Portfolio Requirement:
The DC Sequence includes a DC I in the Autumn, a DC II in the Winter, and a DC III in the Spring. Each course emphasizes student creativity and analysis, interdisciplinarity, integrated learning, undergraduate research skills, and self-reflection. The sequence is capped by the spring DC III course in which you complement an E-Portfolio that was created in Autumn. In DCIII you will be asked to be both reflective and projective, looking back at what you have learned and ahead to the directions you’d like to explore. Read more about the Discovery Core and Advising at http://www.uwb.edu/cusp/courses/the-discovery-core. PLEASE KEEP MATERIAL FROM ALL OF YOUR COURSES archived in your CUSP Portfolio UW Google site in order to have access to them for your Spring DCIII Portfolio project. http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/help/how-to/eportfolios
All of our assigned materials are available on our course Canvas site: http://canvas.uw.edu
In this class we will be using a variety of technology to explore the Digital Humanities. While you are not required to have your own computer, it would help. You might also find it helpful to download the programs that we will be using in our class to your personal computer since everyone will be expected to use these programs to complete their projects outside of class time:
- Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/
- Gimp http://www.gimp.org/
- You will also need to set-up a Twitter account for this class: https://twitter.com/ When tweeting about topics related to this class use the hastag for our #uwbdh13
- We will also be using Canvas as our Learning Management System. You can login at: http://canvas.uw.edu
- Includes ITDH? (Is this Digital Humanities) Postings & Presentation (Variable due dates, see class assignment hand out on Canvas)
- ITDH? Write-Ups due Thursdays – 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, & 5/30
- Digital Humanities Manifesto Participation
- Other misc. homework and in-class activities
Scratch Remix Project (20%)
- Scratch Quiz due Tuesday April 23rd
- Final Project due Tuesday April 30th
Gimp Digital Humanities Montage (20%)
- Gimp Quiz due Tuesday June 4th
- Final Project due Tuesday June 11th
Freshman Portfolio (40%)
- E-Portfolio Quiz due Tuesday April 16th
- Includes In-Class Montage of First Year Experience on Thursday May 9th
- Rough Drafts due Tuesday May 14th
- Peer Review due Tuesday May 21st
- Participation in the E-Portfolio Presentations on Thursday June 6th
- Final Portfolios due Thursday June 6th
Policies and Procedures
Grading and Assignments:
I am happy to accept completed assignments ahead of their due dates. I am also available via email or on campus (during my office hours or by appointment) to read drafts, give advice, and/or offer suggestions or guidance. However, keep in mind that any late assignment will be penalized by one grade mark (- 10%) per day that it is late. Students who encounter extreme extraneous circumstances during the course of the quarter may receive an extension, but they must speak to me before they miss an assignment due date.
University rules state that “an incomplete is given only when the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work until within two weeks at the end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.” Only under special, extreme circumstances with an incomplete be given for the course.
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Since participation is vital for a successful experience, please arrive on time for class. Late arrivals interrupt our in-progress activities and discussions. If you must miss a class session, then please speak to one of your peers to gather any notes or announcements that you may have missed.
Technology in the Classroom:
Since technology is profoundly linked to education, there will be many times when I ask that you employ different tools in the gathering and expression of knowledge, especially in this class. Since we are exploring the realm of the Digital Humanities you will be allowed to use laptops, phones, and other digital devices freely in class. We will also be reflecting on the ways that using these devices helps and/or hinders our learning and community as we progress through our quarter.
Respect for Diversity:
Diverse backgrounds, embodiments, and experiences are essential to the critical thinking endeavor at the heart of university education. In CUSP and at UW Bothell, students are expected to respect individual differences which may include, but are not limited to: age, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender presentation, immigration status, national origin, race, religious and political beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status.
Students seeking support around these issues can find more information and resources at http://www.uwb.edu/diversity.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
If you believe that you have a disability and would like academic accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 425.352.5307, 425.352.5303 TDD, 425.352.5455 FAX, or at email@example.com. http://www.uwb.edu/studentservices/dss
See http://www.uwb.edu/studentservices/academicconduct for crucial information regarding academic integrity. The library also has an extremely useful website with resources at http://libguides.uwb.edu/ai. You are responsible for knowing what constitutes a violation of the University of Washington Student Code, and you will be held responsible for any such violations whether they were intentional or not. Plagiarism is one of the most common violations of academic integrity, so please pay attention to both the web information and my explanation of academic integrity.
H1N1 and Other Communicable Diseases Action Steps:
As part of the campus community’s shared responsibility for minimizing the possible spread of H1N1 virus and other diseases this year, it is critical that all students are familiar with the symptoms of H1N1 Flu described on the UW Bothell website at http://www.uwb.edu/flu. Any student or instructor with flu-like symptoms is encouraged to stay at home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you are sick and have an extended absence, please speak with me regarding alternative ways to maintain your progress in your courses. If I am sick and need to cancel class, I will post an announcement on Canvas.
Please check if the campus may be closed due to weather. Information about suspension of operations will be made public and available through the media. Students can learn of campus operations status from the website or by calling the Campus Information Hotline 425.352.3333. You may also sign up with an alert system that will contact you via email or text message if classes are canceled. For more information on the alert process, please see http://www.uwb.edu/alert. Class activities will be rescheduled as needed.
Student Support Services:
IT Helpdesk: IT@uwb.edu, 425-352-3456
Library: http://library.uwb.edu/ 425-352-5340
Writing Center: http://www.uwb.edu/WritingCenter/425-352-5253
Quantitative Skills Center: http://www.uwb.edu/qsc425-352-3170
Student Success Services: http://www.uwb.edu/studentsuccess425-352-3776
Career Services: http://www.uwb.edu/careers 425-352-3706
Student Counseling Services: http://www.uwb.edu/studentservices/counseling 425-352-3183
Time management in this class is important. As a general rule, for every credit hour that you take you are expected to be in class for one hour and spending two out-of-class hours on work for that class per week (1 credit = 1 hour in class + 2 hours out-of-class per week, thus 3 hours of work total). This doesn’t mean that every student in the class will spend that much time on coursework for this class per week or that every week will have the same amount of work.
Week 1 – April 2 & 4
- Syllabus Review
- What are the “Digital Humanities”?
- Assign Is That Digital Humanities (ITDH)? Groups
Read/Review by Thursday April 4th:
- What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments? by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
- UCLA Digital Humanities Manifesto
- UCLA Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0
- Thursday April 4th – Come up with your own working definition of “Digital Humanities” that references at least two sources (using an appropriate citation method) and bring it to class.
Week 2 – April 9 & 11
- ITDH? Beta Presentation (Gaming)
- Freshman ePortfolios
- Scratch Remix Assignment Handed Out
- Thursday 4/11 we will be meeting in UW1-121 (Computer Lab). Bring headphones or earbuds. You may also want to bring your own personal computers loaded with Scratch. http://scratch.mit.edu/
- Intro to Scratch
Read/Review by Tuesday April 9th:
- ITDH? Beta Set in the Discussions on Canvas
- “Bob Dylan’s Brain” from Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
Read/Review by Thursday April 11th:
- Review the videos how to set up an eportfolio: http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/eportfolios/cusp
- Scratch Tutorial set on Canvas
- Thursday April 11th – ITDH? Beta Write-Up Due on Canvas.
Week 3 – April 16 & 18
- ITDH? Group 1.0 Presentation (Computer Programming)
- Student Success Services Visits
- Thursday 4/18 we will be meeting in UW1-121 (Computer Lab). Bring headphones or earbuds. You may also want to bring your own personal computers loaded with Scratch. http://scratch.mit.edu/
- Scratch Work Time
Read/Review by Tuesday April 16th:
- ITDH? 1.0 Information on Canvas
- Tuesday April 16th – Completed the Freshman Portfolio Quiz on Canvas.
- Thursday April 18th – ITDH? 1.0 Write-Up Due on Canvas.
Week 4 – April 23 & 25
- Majors Fair/Select-A-Quest
- Student Success Services Visits
- ITDH? Group 2.0 Presentation (Social Media)
- Movie Reviews
Read by Tuesday April 23rd:
- ITDH? Group 2.0 Information on Canvas
Read by Thursday April 25th:
- “Writing a Movie Review” Handout
- “Is social media beginning to undermine film criticism?” By Kieran Turner-Dave
- Tuesday April 23rd – Scratch Quiz on Canvas.
- Thursday April 25th – ITDH? 2.0 Write-Up Due on Canvas.
Week 5 – April 30 & May 2
- ITDH? Group 3.0 Presentation (Digital Video/Filmmaking)
- Scratch Project Critique
- Twitter Movie Review Exercise
Read by Tuesday April 30th:
- ITDH? Group 2.0 Information on Canvas
- Tuesday April 30th – Scratch Remixes
- Thursday May 2nd – ITDH? 3.0 Write-Up Due on Canvas.
Week 6 – May 7th & 9th
- ITDH? Group 4.0 Presentation (Digital Music/Online Radio)
- The Importance of Evidence
- In-Class Montage of their first year
Read by Tuesday May 7th:
- ITDH? Group 4.0 Information on Canvas
- “Structure of a Personal Narrative Essay” Handout
- Bring in Thursday May 9th – There will be a list of items in the announcements on Canvas that you will need to bring to class regarding your first year experience
- Thursday May 9th – ITDH? 4.0 Write-Up Due on Canvas
Week 7 – May 14th & 16th
- ITDH? Group 5.0 Presentation (Digital Art)
- Gimp Dada Montage Assignment Handed Out
- Manifesto Assignment Introduced
Read by Tuesday May 14th:
- ITDH? Group 5.0 Information on Canvas
- Tuesday May 14th – A draft of your First Year Essay
- Thursday May 16th – ITDH? 5.0 Write-Up
Week 8 – May 21st & 23rd
- ITDH? Group 6.0 Presentation (Digital Archives)
- Digital Humanities Manifesto
- Thursday 5/23 we will be meeting in UW1-121 (Computer Lab). Bring headphones or earbuds. You may also want to bring your own personal computers loaded with Gimp. http://www.gimp.org/
- Gimp Work Time
Read/Review by Tuesday May 21st:
- ITDH? Group 6.0 Information on Canvas
- Manifesto Module on Canvas
Review by Thursday May 23rd:
- Gimp Tutorials
- Tuesday May 21st – Peer reviews completed
- Thursday May 23rd – ITDH? Group 6.0 Write-Up
Week 9 – May 28th & 30th
- ITDH? Group 7.0 Presentation (Blogging/V-Logging/Podcasts)
- Elevator Pitches
- Thursday 5/30 we will be meeting in UW1-121 (Computer Lab). Bring headphones or earbuds. You may also want to bring your own personal computers loaded with Gimp. http://www.gimp.org/
- Gimp Work Time
Read/Review by Tuesday May 28th:
- Elevator Pitch Information on Canvas
- ITDH? 7.0 Information
- Thursday May 30th – ITDH? 7.0 Write-Up
Week 10 – June 4th & 6th
- Gimp Work Time
- Final Manifesto Work
- Freshman Portfolio Presentations
- Tuesday June 4th – Gimp Quiz (online by 11:59pm)
- Thursday June 6th – Final Draft of your Freshman Portfolios (in-class)
We will be meeting on Tuesday 6/11 during our normal class time to share our Manifesto, Gimp Montages, and Scratch Projects.
- Tuesday June 11th – Gimp Dada Montage is due
- Tuesday June 11th – Re-submits of your Scratch projects