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Fall 2014 DH Workshops

The DH Working Group announces 3 workshops this fall. Free lunch included!

Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Digital Humanities Tools in the Classroom: Annotation Studio
Hillel House 101

Annotation is one method for textual engagement among many available in students’ toolkits. It is a form of active reading that documents a student’s personal learning process, combining reading with critical thinking and learning, which then allows students to practice research skills as novice scholars. Through the process of annotation, students become engaged in the analysis of texts, inspiring them to conduct further research, perhaps through text mining or data visualizations. Annotation Studio, developed by HyperStudio, the digital humanities center at M.I.T. in consultation with university instructors throughout the country, is an easy-to-use, web-based, multimedia, annotation application. However, within Annotation Studio’s digital learning environment, annotation allows for a new form of interactive reading, one that can seamlessly transition between traditional forms of solitary highlighting or note taking to collaborative close reading or shared discussions about particular passages. Digital annotation creates opportunities for new forms of social engagement with the text, for readers to share ideas, interpretations, references, sources, adaptations, or related media with other students that significantly change the way students acquire and produce knowledge. While Annotation Studio is not the only digital annotation tool available, it is unique in being the only Open-source digital annotation tool focused on the inextricably interconnected pillars of higher education: supporting the student learning process and improving pedagogy. 

Rachel Schnepper, communications officer at HyperStudio, will present a series of case studies from uses of Annotation Studio in writing/composition, foreign language, and media studies classes. Through these case studies, we will demonstrate how Annotation Studio has not only continued to support traditional learning goals, such as critical thinking and analytical writing, but also promoted student learning through the application of students’ new media literacies and the peer-to-peer learning enabled by the collaborative space of digital annotation. Furthermore, through our discussion of Annotation Studio case studies, we will also establish how the application allows educators to respond and adapt with new pedagogical practices to improve student learning. Ultimately, these learning and pedagogical insights allow us at HyperStudio to reflect on the development and management of digital humanities tools, insights that are themselves essential to the continued role that digital humanities centers play at colleges and universities. 

Presenter: Rachel N. Schnepper, M.I.T. HyperStudio

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Tuesday, October 14, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Digital Humanities Project/Assignment Workshopping Luncheon
Science Addition 202A

Do you have an idea that you’d like to turn into a Digital Humanities class project? Do you plan to apply for an incentive grant this October? Have questions about how to prepare, support, or assess the project?

During this luncheon, you can meet with the members of the Digital Humanities Action Team and experienced faculty to discuss and prepare your project.

This session will take place in the IQ Center 3D Lab.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Digital Humanities November Luncheon
Hillel House 101

More details to follow.

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