Welcome to the class website for DHM 280 – Introduction to Digital Humanities at West Chester University.

A painting of the digital humanities by Stable Diffusion
What the AI image generator “Stable Diffusion” thinks “A painting of the Digital Humanities” might look like

Be sure to check the class schedule frequently to keep track of weekly readings and assignments. In particular, remember to log in each week to write your post for the class blog. You should also read your classmates’ blog posts to keep informed about what they are learning!

You can also use this website to read about class policies, and other important information. Remember that your grades and other feedback will be returned via D2L.

You may download a printable version of the class syllabus, if you wish. However, you should know that the website version of our assignments, schedule, etc. may be more up to date than the printable version! If the website and printable version disagree, the website is correct. 

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will:

  • Recognize some of the key methods and tools utilized by digital humanists, and describe how these methods and tools help digital humanists achieve scholarly and creative goals
  • Practice the use of methods like digitization, metadata creation, text analysis, mapping, and exhibit building as part of our shared class DH Project
  • Analyze the methods used to build another DH project and present that analysis as part of the “How did they build that?” presentation
  • Organize and prepare a DH Project Plan for a hypothetical DH project, demonstrating their ability to assess various DH tools, evaluate their appropriateness for a particular purpose, and argue for the importance of a hypothetical digital project to the larger “humanities”
  • Compose a multimodal website to house the results of their own digital humanities project proposal
  • Reflect on the role of digital technology in their own lives, and the insights Digital Humanities might have to offer them as workers, students, and citizens