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Digital Humanities Activities @MLA2020

Kathi Beren's Workshop at DHSI @MLA2020

Postdoc Hannah Huber Attends Digital Humanities Workshops at 2020 MLA Convention

Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) partnership at the University of Victoria, Canada, two two-day workshops that offered participants both theoretical and hands-on considerations of Open Scholarship and Digital Humanities (DH) tools, software, and engagements, for students, scholars, librarians, and administrators alike. Sessions focused on DH tools, software, and methodologies; digital mapping; digital pedagogy; humanities data; online identity formation; open access and the humanities; open access tools and social media; open scholarship policy; open annotation; and Wikipedia.

The highlight, Hannah reports, was a workshop on digital pedagogy led by Kathi Berens, a professor of digital humanities and book publishing at Portland State University. The workshop discussed incorporating DH methods into the classroom and developing DH capabilities at the university. Kathi's presentation addressed the following questions: How to design and assess DH assignments? She then provided hands-on instruction for digital platforms and tools that work best with various types of undergraduate classroom assignments. Hannah's favorite: Voyant, an open-access textual analysis tool.

Workshop information adapted from