Teaching Values, Not Definitions: Experiences and Research in the Introductory Digital Humanities Course

Digital Humanities and the Undergraduate Experience
April 25-27, 2019
Edwardsville, IL

Digital Humanities is a field that abounds with definitions and boundaries, sometimes complimentary but often contradictory. I will explore how we construct digital humanities through a study of ten “Introduction to Digital Humanities” syllabi and by sharing my own experiences in teaching introductory DH courses. Based on Lisa Spiro’s 2012 essay in Debates in the Digital Humanities, I propose a values-based approach to teaching and working in digital humanities focused on openness, collaboration, collegiality, diversity, and experimentation. Through this framework, educators and practitioners in DH can find ways to harmonize teaching, research, and administrative work.

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