Bringing digital humanities tools to your classroom

Recently, I had the privilege to present with Dr. Florence Feiereisen (Department of German) at the CTLR Writing and Teaching Retreat. We talked about digital tools that faculty can use in their classes to help students develop skills with those tools, and to help increase their sophistication with creative work and collaboration. Florence talked her Acoustic Ecology course, in which students created audio soundscapes to explore “the social, cultural, scientific, and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.” Assignments like this encourage students to develop their understanding of digital tools (beyond the tools they often uncritically use on a day-to-day basis) and give students a chance to exercise agency in their creative and scholarly work.

I briefly introduced five tools: WordPress, Omeka, Scalar, Voyant Tools, and hypothes.is. Most of the tools are available on MiddCreate and can be installed easily on faculty or students’ personal domains. Take a look at our slide deck (click the title slide below) to view descriptions and examples of each tool, along with links to example sites.

View the presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mCH40jaVU71aRLx0t6FXByrCU7DxejTeJIA4yu2ku9c/edit?usp=sharing

Learn more about each of the tools:

WordPress: Web publishing platform well suited for blogging and websites 
Omeka: Web publishing platform focused on collections, such as library and museum collections 
Scalar: Rich, multimedia publishing that includes data and analysis layers, such as visualizations and annotations 
Voyant Tools: Text/corpus analysis tools, including visualizations, frequency charts, etc. 
hypothes.is: Web annotation tool that allows individual/private, group-based, and public annotation 

(Hat tip to Clarissa Stewart and Evelyn Helminen from the Digital Learning Commons in Monterey for finding several of these examples)

Want to learn more about MiddCreate and/or to explore tools on MiddCreate that you or your students can use? Contact the Office of Digital Learning, apdl@middlebury.edu


Featured image for this post is a screenshot from My Dear Little Nelly project by David McClure | Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under CC BY SA. | Maps from the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.

Amy Collier

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