I went with Ann Cunningham from Education and David Phillips from Humanities. David has a digital humanities project he’s working on, and both Ann and I have an interest in the role of instructional design in the digital humanities. I had the added interest in the role of the library in digital humanities. It was really nice to attend a conference with academic faculty, and we had a great time. We had plenty of opportunities to discuss future collaboration ideas, so hopefully something really good will come of that!
David, Ann, and I did a session on Exploring the Combination of Techniques of Instructional Design, the Humanities, and Digital Media in an Archival Format. We were interested in learning more about how other institutions approach this, and the 30,000 foot view of digital humanities practice. We had a really good conversation ranging from the role of CMSs to special collections to what departments should have positions supporting this type of work.
I attended sessions on digital pedagogy, digital humanities & special collections, research hacks, and dissertation hacks. I went in trying to attend a mix of things I knew about and could contribute to (pedagogy, dh & libraries, research hacks), as well as attending sessions where I’d learn more (dh & special collections, dissertation hacks which ended up being about the process as well as ebooks). In addition to this, many sessions took group notes in google docs, and you can see them here:Alternative Academic Careers, Digital Humanities in Higher Education, Digital Tool Show-and-Tell, Games, Messy DH, Sexy Good Web Design, and Envisioning Librarian/Scholar Collaborations. I particularly encourage you to check out the librarian/scholar collaboration one. I really wanted to attend it, and almost did, but figured I’d continue the librarian/scholar collaboration I was already working on by attending a session with both David and Ann instead. I followed along on twitter and in the google doc, though, and it was really, really revealing.
Most of my big take aways from the event were:
I came back ready to do some things and come up with some ideas! And as several people can attest, I’m anxious to share what I learned. Let me know if you want to chat!