[Humanist] 29.15 events: large corpora; digital pedagogy

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun May 10 08:15:35 CEST 2015

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 15.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Jennifer Guiliano <jenguiliano at gmail.com>                 (53)
        Subject: Announcing HTRC Workshops at HILT 2015!

  [2]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (18)
        Subject: Digital Pedagogy Institute - August 19th - 21st, 2015,
                University of Toronto Scarborough

        Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 17:22:31 -0400
        From: Jennifer Guiliano <jenguiliano at gmail.com>
        Subject: Announcing HTRC Workshops at HILT 2015!

HILT 2015 is delighted to announce that the HathiTrust Research Center will
be offering two free workshops for registered attendees at HILT (July
27-31, 2015). You can register for HILT and the HTRC Workshops by visiting:
Workshop 1 (Tuesday July 28th, 6-9 PM).

Introduction to the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC): Teaching and
research using the power of data and metadata in large text corpora.

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) will conduct an introductory workshop
for researchers and instructors in the humanities, and for librarians, on
how to create and use datasets drawn from large-scale textual corpora for
the purposes of instruction and research in the humanities. The workshop
will introduce the text data which constitute the holdings of the 13.3
million-volume HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL). The HTRC  is engaged in
developing innovative analytic digital humanities applications to
facilitate the use of this content. The tools and services that are being
developed by the HTRC as part of this initiative will be introduced and
discussed at the workshop. This workshop will focus on pre-1923
(out-of-copyright) material from the HTDL corpus.

In course of the workshop, attendees will learn, through demonstrations and
hands-on use, how to leverage the following resources:

   - the HathiTrust+Bookworm tool for plotting lexical trends in text data
   - the Secure Hathi Analytics Research Commons (SHARC), an environment
   for running off-the-shelf algorithms provided by the HTRC.

The workshop will include discussion about strategies for integrating text
analytics into traditional courses and curricula in the service of
humanistic inquiry.
Workshop 2 (Wednesday July 29th, 6-8 PM).
Advanced Topics in Text Analysis with the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC).

This workshop session will focus on advanced topics relating to making use
of text data at scale through the HathiTrust Research Center’s  Extracted
Features dataset. A great deal of useful research can be performed
non-consumptively with pre-extracted features. This session will
demonstrate how users (researchers and instructors in the humanities) can
work with the extracted features that are being provided by the HTRC as
data exports corresponding to user-defined subcollections that are created
by the users themselves.

Workshop attendees will learn how they can follow a non-consumptive
paradigm in preparation for conducting analysis against works in copyright.
They will also learn advanced skills that build on concepts introduced at
the beginners’ workshop session, such as how to re-purpose existing
algorithms and how to adapt the resources provided to meet research and
teaching objectives.

Sayan Bhattacharyya
CLIR Postdoctoral Research Fellow
HathiTrust Research Center
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Eleanor Dickson
Visiting HathiTrust Research Center Digital Humanities Specialist
Scholarly Commons, University Library
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

        Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 18:52:54 +0000
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Digital Pedagogy Institute - August 19th - 21st, 2015, University of Toronto Scarborough
        In-Reply-To: <00b301d08a83$b8e700c0$2ab50240$@utsc.utoronto.ca>

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Toronto Scarborough Library, Brock University, and Ryerson University is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the second iteration of the Digital Pedagogy Institute, August 19th-21st, 2015.

The Digital Pedagogy Institute and the Student Experience:
Emerging technologies have had an immense impact on the way that research is now conducted by scholars in all academic disciplines. There is a move toward the use of computers, applications, and larger, non-discrete data sets for what is increasingly termed “digital scholarship.” These major changes in research methodology mandate the development of new skill sets, both in faculty and in the training of students. As such, Digital Literacy and Pedagogy must become a priority for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members who must adapt to and participate in new, digitally-mediated methodologies.

The Digital Pedagogy Institute (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/conferences/dpi/)  will bring together faculty members, scholars, librarians, and students with considerable expertise or interest in the area of Digital Pedagogy, and will consist of plenary sessions, informational sessions, hands on workshops involving digital tools, and panel discussions. Presentations from those who have participated in the development of digital scholarship projects will give participants insight into the integration of this skill set into the post-secondary context, and how this integration has the potential to ameliorate learning experience and job readiness.

Why: The Digital Pedagogy Institute, co-hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough Library, Brock University, and Ryerson University, and also funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant, will explore the potential impact that Digital Pedagogy can have on student experience. This will include the following topics:

·         How can digital research methodologies be used to improve student learning and engagement?
·         What are the best methods for teaching students digital skills so that they can actively participate in knowledge mobilization related to digital research? What instructional strategies have proven to be most successful?
·         What political and ideological decisions do educators (and institutions) involved in digital scholarship make in planning their teaching and research?
·         How can faculty shift from transmitting knowledge to facilitating collaborative learning, co-inquiring and co-learning with students via activity-centered projects?

Call for Proposals: We are currently accepting proposals for sessions and workshops. Please see https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/conferences/dpi/call-for-proposals/ for additional information. Proposals are due June 4th, 2015. Student propoals are encouraged.

Confirmed Speakers: Please see http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/conferences/dpi/speakers/
Cost: $80, waived for undergraduates. Travel scholarships (7 x $500) available for graduate students (more info to come). Registration will open June 6th, 2015.
Dates: August 19th – 21st, 2015

August 19th and 20th: Instructional Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
August 21st: Ryerson University

Questions? Please email Paulina Rousseau at prousseau at utsc.utoronto.ca<mailto:prousseau at utsc.utoronto.ca>

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