Daily Archive: October 18, 2011

Oct 18 2011

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DH in a LAM world

I consider myself brand new to digital humanities. Perhaps over the course of THATCamp I will find I know more than I realized. In the meantime, though, I am most interested in a session (discussion/brainstorming) about digital humanities techniques that can be adopted in a non-university environment. I work at a historical society. We are …

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Oct 18 2011

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The Having of Wonderful Ideas

Eleanor Duckworth’s essay “The Having of Wonderful Ideas” (The Having of Wonderful Ideas and Other Essays, Teacher’s College Press, 1987) proposes a radical way to support learning and intellectual development. In my paraphrase: her idea is to give the learner a relatively unstructured, but well-equipped space in which to explore, and create hypotheses, and construct experiments, …

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Oct 18 2011

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Humanities, Technology and Engagement

I’d like to discuss how technology can be used both in the classroom and in museums to get people interested in the humanities, to engage with the subject matter and to encourage further exploration and learning. My interest in this topic began when I took a museum studies course and the professor required all students …

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Oct 18 2011

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Immunity to Change Introductory Session

Immunity to Change is a self-improvement method used to help you do things you want to do but don’t.  It comes from decades of research by Bob Keegan and Lisa Lahey of Harvard, most recently encapsulated in the eponymous and widely-available book. Here Oprah talks about it (hint: she likes it). I think it has …

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Oct 18 2011

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Breaking In & Finding a Home

I am the first to admit that prior to my immersion into Twitter, I felt that the way I teach was in a bubble and no where close to where/how my colleagues taught the same course. I integrated tech, mandated choice in topics, and more that seemed against the grain of my peers. Twitter has …

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Oct 18 2011

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DH dating service

There’s a DH person or two at every school, kinda isolated, sad. They need to collaborate with other DH people at other schools. For lots of reasons. Let’s make a platonic DH dating service. You put your interests in a database and you get a recommendation of a project or people to work with or …

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Oct 18 2011

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the all-DH major

  What if you had a major or a track or a school that was ALL-DH? How would you build that and what courses would be in it and what would people do with the degree during and after? Let’s imagine it! The outcome of this discussion will be the curriculum or program description of …

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Oct 18 2011

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learning about learning

The trend of shifting from teacher-centric to learner-centric education is moving towards making the skill of learning itself part of the point of every class. Some might but most schools don’t have a course on learning. Which is silly, because it’s what we expect people to do while here. And helping them think about it …

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Oct 18 2011

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course communication dump & analysis

I think we’re at the point that we can capture just about all communication in a course. Via email, yes, and via any journals and via and submitted papers (as in Word, etc.). But also (!) by recording things spoken in class and transcribing those spoken things with the aid of cutting-edge software (perhaps donated …

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Oct 18 2011

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syllabus analysis machine

  Greg Crane had this idea to gather all syllabi, encode them, mark them up a bit, and then analyze them as a data set that could show learning “tracks” or assumptions or ways of thinking about learning or patterns of supporting information usage or varieties of instruction of key points.  And THAT analysis could …

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Oct 18 2011

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imagine a commoditized university

The threat of the Khan Academy is looming over higher ed.  Of course this is the idea of wholesale, direct-to-consumer, commodification of learning “chunks,” that the individual might subscribe to at a distance at their convenience without needing to enroll in all the trappings of the university/college and at great personal cost savings. Sooner or …

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Oct 18 2011

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Learning Organization Academy

NERCOMP is helping sponsor an interesting new professional development opportunity that might appeal to DHers trying to instantiate their work into an academy that doesn’t yet know how important DH is.  It’s basically an intensive support structure for people developing projects that improve learning in their organizations; it is comprised of a 1-week intensive project-development workshop …

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Oct 18 2011

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Discussion of Learning Analytics Project Development Workshop

New Media Consortium and the NorthEast Regional Learning Analytics group are organizing a collaborative let’s-think-about-possible-learning-analytics-projects opportunity Halloween week. Teams from 5 organizations will develop and give feedback on each other’s ideas; there is room for another. It’s a great place, if you have a feeling that you might have the spark of the germ of …

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Oct 18 2011

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Digital Scholarship and Strengthening Regional Connectivity

THATCamp New England, MCN NE SIG: Museum Computer Network Northeast Special Interest Group, NERDS: Northeast Regional Digital Scholarship Group, and NERCOMP: The Northeast Regional Computing Program. In one way or another (unconference, forum, peer group, or program), these groups serve the northeastern regional community engaged in digital scholarship, technologies, humanities, projects, and practices in an …

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Oct 18 2011

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Local TV News use in digital humanities

I’d like to discuss how large local tv news collections that are on-line might be used in the digital humanities.  There are several potential avenues of use.  The first is to use the large digital library collection of news materials to teach research skills and how to maneuver through large digital libraries of media.  We’d …

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Oct 18 2011

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Give me your metadata, your text…

your scribbled notes yearning to breath free… the wonderful refuse of your scholarly process… send these, the ephemeral, tempest-tost to me.. I lift my lamp beside the golden repository! Scholars use archives. Scholars take notes. Scholars produce based on these archives and notes. How can the archivist and librarian make use of this process to …

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Oct 18 2011

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Using video in the digital humanities

This topic has a couple of different facets.  One is encouraging scholars to use video as primary source material in their research and work.  Discuss why this isn’t done more often and what we can do to help encourage it.  The other is the technical challenge of using video in digital humanities.  Is it not …

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Oct 18 2011

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Publishing with time-based media

I’m interested in scholars making use of media archives and multimedia sources. I’d like to explore new modes of publication and how digital humanists can embed/cite/integrate time-based media into their digital publications. Besides simple citation, what are some examples of scholarly works integrating external audio/video/games/flash into their products? How can the archives and content sources …

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