Digital Liberal Arts Workshop Links & Resources

Updated March 2018

Jeffrey McClurken, University of Mary Washington


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What is “Digital Humanities”?  What is Digital Liberal Arts?

  • Other defining DH options
  • Digital Liberal Arts

DH/DLA Project Examples -- Research

  • Miriam Posner’s How Did They Make That? -- Explanations for a number of DH projects.
  • Online scholarly article with all the sources included
  • GIS/imaging and historical maps
  • University of Richmond’s projects using mapping tools
  • Historian Mills Kelly’s writings on using Google Earth historically:
  • 3-D Visualization/Recreations
  • Archival collections
  • Computing Tools used to further analysis -- Data Mining/Text analysis is most prominent
  • Article on Mapping Texts project using mapping and text analysis: Andrew J. Torget and Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, Jon Christensen and Geoff McGhee, Stanford University, “White Paper: Combining Text-Mining and Geo-Visualization,” --

  • Cutting edge of the field ?  


  • Scholarly Communication in the Digital Age -- Journals are changing as well
  • PressForward -- developing a system to make it possible to easily create an online journal (GMU’s RRCHNM)
  • CASWShowcase -- Science writing
  • Vectors -- Journal of Culture and Technology (USC)

DH/DLA Project Examples --Teaching/Student focused

  • Teaching-based projects
  • Some UMW sites
  • Other schools working with students in digital enabled projects
  • Teaching and Digital Humanities


General Resources:

  • Organized around what you want to do
  • Common Craft Videos -- Great introduction to almost any topic

Digital Publishing Tools

  • WordPress
  • Large user base means that you can Google “wordpress” and whatever problem you have and you’re likely to find a solution.

  • Other blogging platforms -- Google's Blogger; paid services like Typepad.

  • Omeka -- Web publishing service for online digital archives
  • History in the Digital Age, American University (J. Boggs)
  • Student-built site for Cathy Moran Hajo’s class at William Patterson U. -- 
  • Other Omeka Projects

  • Other Publishing Platforms

Research/Bibliographic Tools

  • -- Collect, organize and share research sources
  • Guides
  • Teaching with Zotero

Collaboration Tools

  • Wikis

Geography and Geospatial Visualization Tools

Google My Maps: Web-based resource -- 

  • Guides
  • Teaching with Google Maps
  • Interesting historical and current uses of Google Maps

Google Earth: Software downloaded to your computer, but requires internet access to download maps --

  • Guide
  • Teaching with Google Earth
  • Carleton College resource on teaching with Google Earth

NeatLine: -- Set of add-on tools for Omeka that allow presentations using maps, images, and texts


  • Guide
  • Teaching with WorldMap
  • Examples of academic/scholarly uses of WorldMap

QGIS: -- Open-Source GIS system, provides data viewing and analysis capabilities

  • Guide
  • Article that suggests both power of tool and potential difficulty for entry-level users

Other Map-Based Tools:

  • MapStory -- Build your own map-based narratives.

Data Visualization and Analysis Tools

  • Social Network Analysis Tools
  • Kumu -- tool for visualizing/analyzing social networks
  • Gephi -- tool for analyzing social networks


  • Guide

Video/Audio Resources for Class (and for posting videos)

Multimedia Editing -- (Emphasis on free/cheap)

Social Media

  • Slack -- Team messaging app
  • Used in departments, classes, and conferences

Social Media Curation Tools

  • Tumblr -- microblogging platform allowing for quick fluid posting of media and short text items.

Other tools/concepts

  • Classroom response systems (Clickers)
  • Mobile applications
  • Crowdsourcing

Integrating Digital Fluency/Literacy and the Digital Humanities into the Curriculum

  • Examples of a Portfolio/digital resume --
  • Articles/essays on Digital Identity
  • Forming Collaborations
  • Join existing projects
  • Start your own collaborations on campus
  • Tap into broader collaborations
  • Examples of collaborations between SLACs and  Research Universities

Teaching digitally inflected and digitally intensive courses

  • Examples of digitally inflected courses

Low Levels of Technology Use in Courses

  • Blogs as Research Logs (Historical Methods/Digital History)
  • Using Annotation Tool (to comment on primary sources) -- 

More Intensive Uses of Digital Tools

  • 2013 iteration required group digital projects and documentaries -- e.g. Ferris Wheel

  • Information Age course
  1. Historically styled advertisements --
  2. Documentaries -- 

Adventures in Digital History -- HIST 471C3/HIST 428

  • Class components
  • Digital Tool Kit
  • 2008 Projects
  • 2010 Projects
  • 2012 Projects
  • 2014 Projects
  • 2016 Projects
  • My blog posts on the course (and other digitally inflected courses)

Issues to consider when planning to teach with tech

1) Digitally inflected content class or digitally focused class

2) Group vs. individual projects

  • Can do individual projects that contribute to a larger whole

3) Student technical skills

  • Digital Skills surveys -- What do students know?

4) What tools will you offer them to use?

5) Single tool vs. multiple vs. toolbox

6) How much support do you have?  How much are you willing to play technical advisor?

  • If you have concerns about being able to support students’ technical work check out options.

7) Finding the right sources/projects/approaches

8) How will you engage students in the project?

9) Will you partner with other classes?

Student Feedback -- Impact of Using Digital Skills

  • Student Reflections on Digital Projects/Blogging

Links from Discussion of Using Technology or Not in Teaching

  • Blog consent form
  • Caleb McDaniel offers one potential solution to FERPA concerns is to have students sign a Blog Consent Form (example)
  • Laptop/smartphone polices

  • Teaching with Technology Resources

Other articles/essays on teaching with social media and other DH tools:

The following free sources are generally worth examining if you’re interested in teaching with social media:

The Promise (and Advice on Proactive Policies) of Teaching with Social Media

Ryan Cordell, Developing a Digital Etiquette Policy, (PH)

Brian Croxall, Reflections on Teaching with Social Media, (PH)

Natalie Houston, Being Social, (PH)

Jason Jones, The Creepy Treehouse Problem, (PH)

Ethan Watrall, Welcome to the Open Classroom, (video)

Michael Wesch, From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments, (HTA)

Specific Links broken down by social media tool:



Google Docs/Google+





Other links related to teaching digitally enabled classes

  • Options for minimizing tech support needs
  • Example of Individual Projects contributing to greater whole
  • My ProfHacker post on Students as Tech Mentors
  • History Engine is an ongoing project requiring low technical skills, individual project (that contributes to larger whole).  Another example is Nebraska’s History Harvest
  • Making small changes in student (or faculty) work: presentation formats:

  • Other Digital Humanities/DLA courses
  • Lisa Spiro’s presentation on and collection of 134 Digital Humanities syllabi 

  • List of potential digital pedagogy assignments

  • Other readings relevant to teaching with technology

Incorporating Tech into Research

  • Other conferences for Digital Humanities

More on scholarship, digital scholarship, and how it is produced and assessed

Links related to discussions of making the case for the value of the Digital Liberal Arts.

Grants for Digital Humanities/Digital Liberal Arts work

Why include digital skills in the Liberal Arts?

Guidelines for evaluating digital work (in general and for Tenure and Promotion):

Example of the role of the value of a PLN (Personal Learning Network) --