DH Event on campus Speaker Series

Day of DH @ Winter Academy 2015 featuring Amanda French

It’s that time again! This year’s Day of DH will be December 16, 2015. Don’t forget to register. All events will be held in Hillel 101.

9:15-10:15am How Did They Do That?: Team Teaching and Telling Stories

Journalism Professor Toni Locy and Librarian Jeff Barry will discuss their approach in teaching a course on multimedia storytelling design that attracted journalism, politics, history, English and mass communications majors who wanted to learn how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to tell compelling, interactive stories that are on the cutting edge of news and communications today. Students utilized basic web design and programming skills to envision and execute online narratives through the interplay of words, images, sound and video that they gathered in reporting the story of W&L’s decision to move juniors back on campus.
11am-12pm DH Medley: Entry-Level Digital Pedagogy Panel
Were you inspired by Quinn Warnick’s charge to try “one new thing” during Fall Academy? A panel of three faculty members will share their experiences adding a taste of DH to their courses. Mikki Brock, Assistant Professor of History, will discuss her use of TimelineJS to inform a traditional writing assignment. Caleb Dance, Assistant Professor of Classics, will discuss the annotation tool “nb” and its success in his Latin prose class. Stephanie Stillo, Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, will discuss her incorporation of a UVa graduate student to introduce DH to a first-year seminar.
12:15-1:45pm Annotating and Writing about Online Text, Images, Audio, and Video: Introduction to and Scalar led by Amanda French
This workshop will be led by Amanda French, Director of Digital Research Services at Virginia Tech University Libraries.
The web is full of content that scholars would like to comment on, write about, and incorporate into multimedia-rich online essays. Rather than trying to describe what happens in a particular video with words only in a print-only essay, wouldn’t it be better to incorporate comments into an existing film clip, then embed that film clip into a longer essay where it can be compared to other clips, audio snippets, images, and even scholarly articles? Hypothesis is a free annotation tool that lets you highlight and comment on any web page: your annotations and highlights can be private to just yourself, shared to a select group, or entirely public. Scalar is a free multimedia authoring tool that allows you easily to create media-rich online books that can themselves have annotations enabled by default. Both tools have been created by and for humanities scholars who are particularly interested in challenging subordination, hierarchy, and linearity on the web by enabling interpretive commentary on existing web content. This workshop will show some examples of and Scalar uses in teaching and research, will define terms and demonstrate key features of both tools, and will give you hands-on in-class exercises that will let you practice working with both tools to create useful and interesting digital scholarship.

Before the workshop, if you can, please create an account for at and install the bookmarklet in your browser of choice, then create an create an account for Scalar at Please do bring a laptop (NOT a tablet).

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