In 2013, the University of New England’s College of Arts and Sciences began a multi-year effort to encourage the inclusion of digital pedagogies and student projects in humanities and social sciences courses within the Core Curriculum.
From blogs and collaborative document development to online exhibits and data visualizations, UNE’s digital humanities (DH) initiative is broad-based and open-ended. Its focus is on engaging students by embracing the role of digital tools in learning.
This project is encouraging awareness of the ways these tools can supplement (enhance? replace?) those developed in and for a print culture. Whether class-based projects involve digital writing and web publication, multimedia production, digital archival research, or something else entirely, students will experience the impact of the digital turn on work in the humanities and social sciences.
This initiative began in 2013 in English Composition, UNE’s required freshman writing course, and quickly spread to other English courses. Over the next three years (2014, 2015, and 2016), UNE is offering an annual, semester-long Digital Humanities Faculty Seminar to support faculty exploration of DH tools, resources, and pedagogies appropriate to a twenty-first century liberal arts education.
With financial support from the Davis Educational Foundation* and the College of Arts and Sciences, the project began with investments in two digital humanities mobile learning labs to support active and collaborative learning pedagogies involving computers (in both face-to-face and online environments), to encourage multi-modal project-based learning, and to facilitate student engagement with a range of DH research tools.
The website for Digital Humanities at UNE serves as a clearinghouse for information about the digital humanities, a showcase for interesting and innovative digital literacy projects emerging out of the initiative, and a project document repository.
Direct all inquiries and questions to Dr. Michael J. Cripps, project director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.
The site header brings together two visualizations of DH work. The left half of the graphic is a washed-out selection of Elijah Meeks’ topic model of key terms in texts that define the digital humanities and source connections. The right portion of the graphic is a selection of marinmajik’s DH word cloud that appeared as a blog post on Lauren Klein’s digital humanities course at Georgia Tech. The site title and tagline are set in Garamond Premiere Pro.