For this week’s #FridayDHSpotlight, we’d like to present a reflection by Sean Buchanan on his semester taking the Intro to Digital Humanities course taught at the Claremont Graduate University by our very own Assistant Director of DH@CC Aaron Hodges last fall.
Students in this class examined the impact of computational methods on humanities scholarship in both theoretical and practical ways. Students also experimented with digital publishing platforms to present their research. After exploring various publishing platforms, they engaged in discussion concerning whether or not specific platforms are appropriate for humanistic research.
I was once wary of DH and its perceived takeover of the various disciplines, but I have come to realize through Aaron Hodges’ class that DH, among other things, is an excellent tool for teaching across all age groups. Particularly younger generations, who were born into a digital world, respond well to digital tools and methods of instruction. Thinking from the perspective of an archivist, who wants to advocate for their collection and promote engagement with primary sources, DH represents a valuable opportunity. If it were not for the class, I may have remained a skeptic.