CWRC TEI Editor; DH Courses

You’ll note there isn’t a lot of activity on my blog at the moment, but this isn’t to say that there isn’t a lot going on at EMiC. I’ve been spending some time at the University of Prince Edward Island researching and learning the Islandora Digital Asset Management system for the EMiC Digital Humanities suite.

There’s some exciting news about the DH suite that we will unveil at this year’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria. Susan Brown’s CWRC team has been at work building the CWRCwriter, a browser-based TEI editor with an easy-to-use interface. We’re exploring how to wrap this powerful Javascript tool in Islandora’s Drupal framework so that EMiC scholars can create and edit TEI documents directly in the browser. This will also provide teachers a powerful tool in the teaching of TEI in the classroom.

I’m also preparing a Modernism and Digital Humanities course for the winter term at Dalhousie. We’ve got quite a waiting-list, which indicates to me the desire of our students to engage with literature in online environments. While prepping for the class, I came across Anouk Lang’s DH course at the University of Strathclyde. What impresses me most about this particular syllabus are the learning outcomes of the course:

By the end of the class, you should

  • be able to articulate some of the benefits and the drawbacks of using digital tools to approach literary analysis and humanistic study more generally
  • be able to situate developments in digital technology of the past several decades within the broader historical context of textual technologies, extending back to the printing press
  • possess a working knowledge of a collection of digital tools that you can use to help you in your studies
  • be able to critically interrogate the way you use the internet to get information, produce content and interact with others
  • have attained a high degree of digital literacy, including the ability to critically evaluate online sources and navigate efficiently through large amounts of information

Transferable skills that you should develop

  • the ability to express yourself across a range of written genres (eg. informative prose suitable for an encyclopedia entry; scholarly argument; writing appropriate to informal online discussions)
  • the capacity to critically evaluate information
  • a range of IT skills (including basic HTML, text mining applications, georeferencing applications, organising information using tags, using a blogging platform such as WordPress, and learning Boolean search terms)
  • the ability to work with others in a digital environment (through collaborative activities such as co-constructing a document)

This encapsulates the power of DH in the classroom, where we can teach our students the literacies of paper and screen and prepare them for 21st-century reading and work environments.

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