The weekly schedule of discussion topics, reading assignments, and hands-on activities to be completed before each class session. “Watch” and “Read” should be self explanatory, but “Explore” means you should skim over the entire collection of articles, projects, or whatever is listed, and then pick a few that grab your attention to read or investigate more fully. Think critically about why you were drawn to those instead of others as you formulate your responses and think of discussion questions.

The covid-19 pandemic necessitates some flexibility, so be aware that this is a LIVING DOCUMENT that may change as the course progresses.

Week 1: Introduction to Digital Humanities

1.1 Introductions

  • Introductions
  • Syllabus
  • Digital Making 101

LAB:Digital Creation: SketchUp and 3D basics

Week 2: How it Works: DH Projects and the Code at their Heart

2.1   What are the Digital Humanities? Who are the Digital Humanists?


LAB:Blogging 101 and Defining Your Place in DH

2.2    Digital Humanities Projects 101

Guest Presentation on Art Museums and Digital Models by
Beth Fischer, Postdoctoral Fellow for Digital Humanities, Williams College Art Museum


  • Burdick et al. “The Project as Basic Unit” (124-125) and “Project-Based Scholarship” (130-131) in Digital_Humanities (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012), 124-125.



LAB: Analyzing DH Projects

Week 3: Data and MetaData

3.1    Web Development Fundamentals


Lab: Under the hood: HTML/CSS/JavaScript and Programming 101 

LAB: HTML/CSS/JavaScript 101

3.2 Humanities Data and Your Computer

Guest presentation by Em Palencia on navigating your server space in cPanel

Read (pick any 2 out of the 4 below):

Lab: Humanities Data

  • Collecting Data, Where and How
  • Content Management Systems
  • Setting up your own server, cPanel 101

Week 4: Data Visualization

4.1 Data Viz 101

Guest lecture by Lin Winton, Director of the Quantitative Resource Center at Carleton College


Lab: Basic Data Viz principles

  • Cleaning Data
  • Exploratory Data Analysis

4.2 Text Analysis and Network Analysis


Lab: Network Analysis

Week 5: Spatial Humanities

5.1  GIS/Mapping 101


  • Jo Guldi, What is the Spatial Turn? (read the introduction and at least one disciplinary section of interest)
  • Anne Kelly Knowles, “GIS and History,” in Anne Kelley Knowles, ed., Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS are Changing Historical Scholarship (2008): 1–20.

Lab: DH Mapping Projects and Historical Mapping

  • Georeferencer/MapWarper

ASSIGNMENT: Spatial Humanities 101

5.2  Web Mapping 101


ASSIGNMENT: WebMapping 101

  • JavaScript APIs
  • ArcGIS Online

Week 6: Virtual Humanities: 3D, VR, and Simulation

6.1 Immersive Environments and 3D Simulation


Lab: Virtual Humanities

  • Making models
  • Finding models
  • Visualizing models

6.2 Analog to Digital and Back: 3D Printing and Fabrication



Lab: Analog to digital and back 

  • SketchUp Cleaning
  • NetFabb
  • Shapeways and the Maker Space

Week 7: Putting it all together

7.1 Midterm Exam


7.2 Picking a Topic for Final Project and MakerSpace Tour

Week 8: Project Work

8.1 Final Project Update and Work Session

LAB: Final Project Work

8.2 DA&H Across Campus

Week 9: Group Work to Finalize Projects and Presentations

9.1 Group Project Work


  • Your final project materials
  • Your complete bibliography of sources

9.2 Tutorial Assignments

Everyone will give a brief description of the tool or technique they wrote a tutorial for, and we will each work through 2 of our peers’ tutorials in class, leaving feedback as comments.

LAB: Tutorial Demo & Final Project Presentations

Week 10: Project Presentations

10.1 Group Project Work

10.2 Final Project Presentations


  • A “Pecha Kucha” style presentation of your final project:
    • 20 slides, for 20 seconds each (6:40 total), following the 1/1/5 rule: at least 1 image per slide, each used only 1 time, and less than 5 words per slide

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  • the final tech familiarity assessment and
  • final course evaluation