[Humanist] 27.1005 project-based courses

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Apr 29 09:23:38 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 1005.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (35)
        Subject: project based course

  [2]   From:    Marijn Koolen <marijn.koolen at uva.nl>                      (44)
        Subject: Re:  27.1003 project-based courses?

  [3]   From:    matt hayler <cryurchin6 at hotmail.com>                      (42)
        Subject: RE:  27.1003 project-based courses?

  [4]   From:    Tara Mc Pherson <tmcphers at usc.edu>                         (6)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 27.1003 project-based courses?

        Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 06:53:28 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: project based course

Dear James,

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London (now
Department of Digital Humanities) ran an undergraduate minor programme
for many years in which the final year was just such a course as you
have asked about. The numbers of students were usually small (not more
than a dozen ever, as I recall), but almost invariably those who
completed the course attested to its value. In fact I remember several
saying that it was one of the very best experiences of their
undergraduate years.

Information on the course, written when it was running, may be found at
http://www.cch.kcl.ac.uk/legacy/teaching/av3000/. The fact that this course 
is now a thing of the past needs some explanation, however.

Our intention was to replace the minor programme with a full honours one.
Colleagues and I designed it but, alas, it never got off the ground. By the
time it was ready to go, student numbers in the minor had dropped to zero.
The department had no choice but to shut down all undergraduate activities.
Consensus was that with the uptake of IT courses in the schools students no
longer could see the need for what they *thought* we were offering, namely a
skills course (which ironically was exactly how it had been sold -- draw
your own conclusions). We made some brave attempts to communicate the truth
of the matter (e.g. by visits etc), but in an educational system in which
students are rather narrowly streamed and in which there is no reliable
mechanism for recruitment, these had no effect.

The happy ending to this story is that the Department will be running an
undergraduate BA in Digital Culture starting in 2015. See
http://tinyurl.com/DDH-DigitalCultureBA for more. Our MA programmes 
are described at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/study/pgt/index.aspx. 
Other legacy material may be found at http://www.cch.kcl.ac.uk/legacy/teaching/.
Please forgive the broken links.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney

        Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:25:44 +0200
        From: Marijn Koolen <marijn.koolen at uva.nl>
        Subject: Re:  27.1003 project-based courses?
        In-Reply-To: <20140428052014.C356864AA at digitalhumanities.org>

Hi James,

At the University of Amsterdam we're running a project called Coding the 
Humanities  http://codingthehumanities.com/ , that's aimed at 
collaborative tool building and reflecting on the tools used in the 
humanities. Currently we running a programming course at Master level 
called Art, Science & Technology, where the students learn programming 
in JavaScript and build small tools for their research, some 
individually, some in groups. The students build up a portfolio of the 
tools they build. You can find a course description here:


Best regards,

Marijn Koolen

On 28/04/2014 07:20, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:
> Dear All,
> I'm in the process of developing a course proposal to submit to Faculty titled 'Digital Project'. It's a 4th year Honours course in applied digital humanities that allows students to build a digital tool, website (etc) over the course of a semester. We're running a 1-student trial this year and an interim website is available here: http://dh.canterbury.ac.nz/projects/.
> The model appears to be solid, but a colleague has suggested I add some references to other similar courses in the proposal to Faculty. If anyone on the Humanist list can suggest such courses I'd be grateful.
> With thanks in advance,
> James Smithies
> Dr. James Smithies
> Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities
> Associate Director, UC CEISMIC Digital Archive
> University of Canterbury
> DDI: +64 3 364 2896
> james.smithies at canterbury.ac.nz
> http://dh.canterbury.ac.nz http://dh.canterbury.ac.nz/  | http://ceismic.org.nz http://ceismic.org.nz/


Marijn Koolen

Assistant professor of Digital Humanities
University of Amsterdam
Institute for Logic, Language & Computation
Science Park 107
Room F2.44
1098 XG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: 020 525 7256

E-mail: marijn.koolen at uva.nl
Web: http://staff.science.uva.nl/~mhakoole

        Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:42:19 +0100
        From: matt hayler <cryurchin6 at hotmail.com>
        Subject: RE:  27.1003 project-based courses?
        In-Reply-To: <20140428052014.C356864AA at digitalhumanities.org>

Dear James,

I run a Digital and Cyberculture Studies course at the University of Exeter with a significant digital creation component. Here's the initial blog post before I launched the course (with rough description) - http://4oh4-wordsnotfound.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/digital-and-cyberculture-studies.html
The module blog can be found here (looking a little scruffy, students new to blogging were encouraged to play with formatting to learn the basics) - http://dandcs.wordpress.com/ 

In a recent talk I described some of the projects built last year:
"stories were constructed across social media, websites, and interactive fiction; centuries-spanning love letters were hyperlinked together by theme; music was written on mobile phones and out of poetry and distributed on Spotify and Bandcamp; memes were released, Wikipedia entries attacked, and blogs begun; a novel about space and place was mapped using Google Maps; a student house was wired for sound and video and became somewhere between a panopticon and a publicity stunt; and straight and gay dating profiles were started, compared, and analysed."

If you have any questions about the module do give me a shout, it's been a lot of fun to run!

Dr. Matt HaylerUniversity of ExeterLecturer (Education and Scholarship) in Digital Humanities, Cyberculture, and Critical TheoryNetwork Coordinator, AHRC Cognitive Futures in the Humanities Research NetworkStaff profile - http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/staff/hayler/Twitter - @cryurchin

        Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:23:11 -0700
        From: Tara Mc Pherson <tmcphers at usc.edu>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 27.1003 project-based courses?
        In-Reply-To: <20140428052014.C356864AA at digitalhumanities.org>

While perhaps more digital media studies than DH, this program may be of interest.

Tara McPherson

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