Weekly Readings and Participation (30%)
On a weekly basis you will be asked to provide questions related to the week’s assigned reading. We will be using these questions to guide class conversations, so please remember to include a page number or other form of reference for web sites, etc. for each question. Participation in class discussion is of the utmost importance and students will be expected to engaged with the readings and their fellow classmates.
There will also be various additional assignments connected to the readings over the course of the semester.
Digital Projects (70%)
History Moves (25%)
During the courses first month we will be diving headlong into an already in-process project. History Moves is a project that looks to utilize the media of the digital age to allow history subjects to be part of the writing of history. Working with project lead Jennifer Brier, you will be tasked with proposing a digital interactive experience for the ongoing I’m Still Surviving project, which gathers through oral history the story of women living with HIV. Armed with a wide range of mission statements, audio recordings, images, exhibition documentation, books, and films, you will first propose and then create a prototype for the digital experience that you feel best suits the project.
Part 1 – Description and plan of your project . What is it? How would it work? How would you build it? And how does it relate to the existing parts of the History Moves project (500 words) DUE SEPTEMBER 20 (5%)
Part 2 – Develop a prototype of your digital experience. This prototype will present visual representations of different states of the experience, how the experience is navigated, and how its functionality presents a unique insight and approach to the existing materials. DUE OCTOBER 6 (20%)
Final Project (45%)
Over the course of the class you will create a prototype for an innovative new media form that relates the topics of collections and connections we are discussing. Possible ideas including finding aids, mobile apps, digital exhibitions, etc.
Part 1 – Description and plan of your project . What is it? How would it work? How would you build it? And what are possible models/analogs that already exist (1000 words) DUE OCTOBER 11 (5%)
Part 2 – Develop a prototype of your digital tool. This prototype will present visual representations of different states of the tool, how the tool is used, and how its functionality presents a unique insight and approach to the humanities using digital technologies. There will be at least one presentation of middle stage work on the prototype up until which point development can remain in analog formats, but your final deliverable will require some digital output. (25%)
- First Draft – DUE NOVEMBER 8
- Project Lab – DECEMBER 6
- Project Review – DECEMBER 13
- Final – DUE DECEMBER 21
Part 3 – Concluding/Reflective statement – As a companion to your final prototype you will be responsible for a statement that accomplishes two goals: a) describe the goal of your project in relation to projects that are similar to or were influential in the development of your work, placing your project within a DH historiography b) a reflection on the process of working on the prototype including descriptions of how new media forms affected your workflow, how you approached to the project, unexpected discoveries, etc. (3000+ words) DUE DECEMBER 21 (15%)
Reflection Examples (F 15)