January 2015 will see the start of McMaster’s first digital humanities course for undergraduate students.
As the Sherman Centre postdoctoral fellow, my job was to figure out a course theme that would draw students from a range of humanities disciplines. I also wanted to find a focus that would involve multiple people from McMaster, and thus be more sustainable and networked, and less of an isolated event. I want our students to come out of the course with ideas that they can keep building on, and that will connect them with the people and resources that are right here, at McMaster.
The course will focus on World War One, and will highlight holdings in McMaster’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections and the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection. It will also feature materials provided by the Guelph Civic Museum, and we are very grateful for their willingness to participate. The course will be team-taught, drawing on the expertise of instructors with a range of backgrounds (including English, Geography, & Library Science).
I’m very excited about the planning and brainstorming that we’ve done so far, and are continuing to do.
More info will be forthcoming, but the official course description is:
HUMAN 2DH3: This course will introduce students to digital humanities research methods and tools. Students will learn about three primary impulses that drive digital scholarship: analysis, preservation, and resource creation. Over the course of the semester, students will work with existing digital resources (i.e. online archives and databases), learning to use and assess them effectively. They will also digitize material to create new digital resources while learning about issues related to copyright, intellectual property, and accessibility.