Nov
2014

fun finds for ENGL 121 & 335

I don’t know if it’s the glow of tenure, although I’m totally bogged down with service commitments this semester, but I’m having a great time teaching the Intro to Professional Communication and Critical Approaches to Digital Humanities courses.

Here are some fun finds I’ve been able to share:

On a more serious [or just less silly] note, now that our Digital Humanities [PDF] concentration is a few years old, I have a better handle of what types of texts and exercises we should spend our time on. ENGL 335 is the first course in the DH sequence, so we spend a lot of time defining DH and figuring out how we, at a polytechnic university, can maintain our access to the humanities. Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore has proven to be an excellent introduction to the field and possibilities of DH:

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

Finally, central to DH is “open access,” and Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking” TED talk offers real-world examples of crowd funding and trusting the people of the internet to help rather than harm you.

(JZ’s TED talk is a great prequel to her’s too).

There’s always more to share, and I haven’t even started on the new texts I’m using in the graduate course, Communication Strategies for Emerging Media, but that’s a post for another day!

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