How can humanistic subjects be revitalized? Is traditional knowledge at risk of extinction?
The increasing pervasiveness of technologies in our societies is forcing educational systems to rethink traditional borders between disciplines at all levels, and continues to raise questions.
In this respect, Digital Humanities, or DH, has emerged in academia as a field that invites us to not only apply computational methods to humanities studies but also analyze the digital world through traditional humanistic concepts.
DH approaches and methods are becoming more and more popular among school educators.
The DH has a huge potential to foster 21st-century skills and to create a new dialogue between Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics on the one hand, and Arts and Humanities on the other.
This course aims to introduce teachers from all areas of subjects to the benefits of the Digital Humanities for school education.
Participating in this course will give you the chance to identify original classroom activities that can foster digital skills and the 4C’s from a new multidisciplinary and real-life perspective, and eventually revitalize your approach to your subject, in line with the most recent academic trends.
During the course, you will understand the concept of DH, you will familiarize yourself with the concepts of humanities data and Critical Digital Humanities, get hints about DH pedagogy, and understand how to use didactic resources and tools produced by existing DH projects in your classroom.
At the end of the course, you will be familiar with digital archives and data visualization, know how to create digital collections and be ready to start your own DH research by collaborating with your students.
This course will help you to:
- Understand the concept of DH;
- Access the contents of your subject from an innovative multidisciplinary perspective;
- Explore new academic trends in your disciplinary field;
- Access the teaching resources produced by existing DH projects;
- Create classroom activities that stimulate cross-disciplinary dialogue;
- Foster 21st-century skills and the 4Cs through DH approaches and methods;
- Suggest new connections between school subjects and real life.
Day 1 – Course introduction
- Welcoming: icebreaker activities;
- Introduction to the school and the course;
- Discussion of specific needs and expectations;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools;
- Introduction to the Digital Humanities.
Day 2 – Critical Digital Humanities
- DH pedagogy, 4C and 21th-century skills;
- FAIR principles and open science practices;
- Humanities data and data visualization;
- Distant reading and close reading.
Day 3 – Digital archives and libraries
- Spatial data and mapping environments;
- Organizing knowledge: digital archives and libraries;
- Creating digital collections;
- Impact, outreach, and the Public Humanities;
- Wikipedia in the classroom.
Day 4 – Evaluating digital resources
- Finding and evaluating digital resources;
- Scanning and creating digitized texts;
- A short guide to copyright;
- Exploring DH projects;
- Producing research with your students.
Day 5 – Hands-on activities
- Discussion of the results.
Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities
- Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.