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Check in: Last week of Class!!

It’s the last week of class! I’ll miss you all very much. I know it’s been hard, and also I’ve learned a lot from you. Here is the video and audio check in for the last week of class.
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April 20 Weekly announcements

Please fill out this POLL on Canvas about a working session time! ASAP! Thanks.
April 20 announcements. Greetings from Ravenna Italy!! JK 🙂

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Links to Lowe article & class video

Class video for April 15 is on CANVAS, login necessary (most secure option)

Lowe article pdf also on Canvas

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Announcements Week of April 12
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Final Projects: Milestones, final instructions

Introduction to DH: Final Projects April 9 update
(pdf of this information for download)

In the final project, students create an online project that applies the methods and technologies learned in class to research questions about a specific topic in the Humanities.

As we’ve discussed this semester, be sure:

  • your data set and sources are appropriate to address your research questions
  • your methodologies are appropriate for your research questions
  • your research questions can be answered using these methodologies on that particular data set or sources
  • the tools or technologies applied are appropriate for your methodology and research questions
  • your data, tools, and other sources are documented.

There is no minimum word count or minimum number of datavisualizations/images/media/illustrations for the project.  A small one-page project is fine. I would rather you feel a sense of accomplishment at completing something compact than get stressed about a big thing.

The final project will be assessed on:

  1. appropriateness of data set/sources for research questions
  2. whether research questions address issues of significance for humanistic concerns
  3. relevance of methodologies and technologies for research questions/data/sources
  4. how effectively the methodologies and technologies have been applied for research
  5. documentation of sources and methods on a sources/bibliography page using a standard format (MLA, APA, I don’t care which as long as it’s consistent and standard)
  6. explanation and analysis of research and the significance and meaning of the conclusions (including accuracy)
  7. visual aesthetetics (whether the colors, web layout, and visuals contribute to or detract from the argument)

Since these projects are individual, they will live on your OU Create domain sites.  You will need:

  • landing page for the project (listed in the main website menu)
  • any additional pages if necessary to publish your project (if you have multiple parts or questions, you could have a page per question/issue/part/topic). You may put all the content on the main landing page if you like.
  • A bibliography/sources section or page. You can put this at the bottom of a one-page project, on your landing page, or you can make it a separate page (link to it on all your content pages for the project if you make it separate).
  • The project will include:
    • explanation of research questions
    • explanation & citation of data sets
    • reason for methodologies and tools used on data
    • publication of your results of the methods on your data in writing and where relevant images/data visualizations/other media
  • License for your project telling readers how they can use your work
    • Keep in mind your data (or images from another sources) might be under copyright (novels published recently, etc.) or under its own license. Check, and specify in your license or bibliography if necessary whether the license applies to your data or to your text+images/visualizations/etc.
  • Post the link to your project main page on the PRIVATE BLOG on the due date.

Milestone Assignment #1:

  1. Do whatever it is I recommended in comments in our last one-on-one as next steps
  2. List of files or Screenshot of your folder of source files for your project:
    1. your complete set of data files
    1. in the formats you need (plain text files for text analysis, csv for tableau/etc)
  3. Preliminary bibliography in any format you prefer (MLA, APA, I don’t care as long as it’s consistent) listing your sources. Sources include:
    1. Data sources
    1. Readings/videos/etc from the course you rely on
    1. Any other research you are doing in books and articles (paper or online) and websites
    1. Tools/technologies
    1. Anything else you use I might be forgetting to mention here
  4. Project layout/design online (equivalent to a paper outline):
    1. Will you have one page or multiple?
    1. What will be on each page?
    1. Will you use screenshots or live embeds? 
    1. If you want live embeds that don’t work so well with WP consider linking out to a plain html page you create with the live embed(s) or linking out to your Tableau dashboard or Voyant online
  5. Strongly encouraged: begin using your tool on your dataset (I may have recommended it as a next step already) and let me know how it is going (screenshot, paragraph description, etc.)
  6. Post 2-4 on Canvas before class.

Milestone Assignment #2:

One on one conference with Dr. S about progress since Milestone #1. Much of your application of your tool to your data should be done. You should be thinking about how to present it online and whether you have any conclusions to your research questions; your reflections might be that you have answers to different questions and you need to modify your questions.


We will do virtual project presentations.  You will each have 5-10 minutes; I recommend staying closer to 5 for an online environment. You can present in real time or you can create a video for us to watch.

  • Present your topic, data set/sources, research questions, methods/technologies, results and analysis. 
  • You may use powerpoint type slides or your website.
  • I recommend practicing.
  • Presentation will be evaluated done/not done based on whether you present your work or not.

Reminder of deadlines:

April 15: Milestone #1 (described above) due on Canvas + one on one convos

April 22: Milestone #2 (described above) one on one convos

April 29: Projects due (nothing else due), presentations; link on blog + present on Zoom

May 4: Digital Portfolios due (now fewer pages since Projects are individual)

May 7: Final revisions to Digital Portfolios and Projects

Assignments Digital Tutorials

DT 9: 3d Modeling

This Digital Tutorial gives you THREE different options for working in 3d modeling! Each is very different, with different requirements (downloading software, working online, mostly offline) and different output. Read each one for the details.

Due Friday April 17 11:59 Central time.

Have fun with it!! #COVIDCollege means do what you can and you enjoy and post what you do, even if it’s not perfect. Credit = posting something.

Some of these activities assume you’ve watched the videos assigned for this week and next week.

  1. Pretend you want to scan something at the lab in the Library and propose a project. Read the 3D Printing Sheet Sheet created by the OU Libraries, pick an object to 3d model at a museum (such as the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History), watch/rewatch the photogrammetry video and fill out the 3d Ethics Worksheet on scanning your object. Can be done with limited wifi access — you will need to download two pdfs, find an object online, and post to the blog. Output: Post your results to the student blog.
    1. 3d scanning project proposal online
    2. 3d scanning project proposal pdf (if downloading for offline use, also download this OU scanning cheat sheet)
  2. Create a 3d model from photographs (photogrammetry) using provided photographs or your own photographs (if you have a digital camera, not just a smart phone). Can be done with decent wifi access short-term — you will need to download and install software and download pictures and post to the blog. Output: post your model (even if it’s not perfect!) to the student blog.
    1. Photogrammetry tutorial online
    2. Photogrammetry tutorial pdf (be sure to read all the other stuff you need to download also!)
  3. Build a 3d model using a 3d design program online (Tinkercad) of a fun object you have around the house. This one is super fun and is the most creative, plus you can 3d print your model later, but it may take longer to do than the others. Requires consistent online access to use Tinkercad online. Output: post your model to the student blog.
    1. Tinkercad tutorial online
    2. Tinkercad tutorial pdf
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Week 12 Update: New Zoom links, assignment info


Welcome to week 12! Here’s an overview with some important announcements:

  • NEW ZOOM LINKS are on the Private Student Blog. OU increased security, and now the links have all changed. CHECK IT OUT please.
  • Wed assignments: Readings are the same for Wed on the schedule. There are options for the videos about 3d scanning (you also can listen on audio– play it on your headphones while you’re out for a walk or doing laundry or whatever).
  • Wed “class”: We will have a guest, Dr. Garrett from the Libraries who works in the 3d Scanning Lab during our Zoom session Wed. Please lmk if you can’t make it to our class meeting. As usual we will keep it short.
  • Keep working on your portfolios and projects. PLEASE LMK when you want another one on one consult. I will have more instructions on the project this week.
  • The 3d Model Digital Tutorial will be up later this week. You’ll have some options.
  • Next week: still updating next week (Week 13’s) readings. I will be adding more links to 3d scanned items related to readings in lieu of a visit to the AR/VR lab.

As always, I hope you and your loved ones are well!

Assignments Digital Tutorials


This week’s Digital Tutorial is on the basic code that runs the web: HTML. CSS is shorthand for cascading style sheets, a way to format your web pages and easily change that formatting. There are three levels of challenges to this Digital Tutorial. Do what you can depending on your existing familiarity with HTML:

  1. If you’ve never used HTML code before, use the basic HTML tutorial to create a web page; upload it to Canvas or better yet upload it to your OU Create server space (instructions in this tutorial on Subdomains and Uploading Files) and enter the link to your subdomain on Canvas.
  2. If you’ve never used CSS before, try making a second page using a style sheet. Upload your original page (created in #1), and the new page plus CSS to your domain. If you follow the tutorial, I’ll see a link to your new page on your index page you created in #1.
  3. If you already knew HTML and CSS before taking this class or just want a challenge, try one of these (both require creating an account on GitHub, a site where people write/share/deploy code):
    1. Dr. Miriam Posner’s tutorial to create a page on GitHub pages
    2. Use a set of templates called Bootstrap to make a web page.

Whatever you choose to do is fine with me. I will stay on Zoom the full class time. Ping me if are working on it during that time and you want to trouble-shoot.

Assignment will be considered complete if you send me a page of HTML or link to your page online. Due Friday 11:59 pm Oklahoma time.

If you get stuck, step away, take a breath, and try again a few hours later. If you are still stuck again, you always message/email me for a time to work through it one on one.

Added Tues night: Here’s a video introduction to the tutorial!
Misc announcements

This Week! (March 30)

Video greeting! Recognize the show?
Video message 30 March 2020
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Welcome back from Dr. S

Here is a little video message I made for you. Take good care, and talk to you soon!!!

Assignments Digital Tutorials

More Digital Portfolio Instructions

On your personal website (created on OU Create), you will showcase your learning in this class by creating up to three pages. 

  • If you are doing a final project, one of the pages will be about the final project
  • The other pages will be revisions of your work on your Digital Tutorials

The Digital Tutorial pages will involve:

  • A separate page or post for each one with a snappy title (not just “Using Voyant”), tags, and/or categories.  (If you use your website for other things, you can create a DH or Digital Humanities category for your pages/posts for this class, for example.)
  • A cogent explanation of your research question, data/sources, and method
  • A cogent explanation of your results
  • Illustrations of your work (screenshots, images downloaded, etc.)
  • Citations of your tools, data/sources, and anything else you use (such as readings from class that informed your work, tutorials, etc.)
    • Link in the text
    • Also have a list of sources at the end of your post; I don’t care the format as long as it’s consistent, and if your tool or data source or whatever specifies a way to cite it, use their language. (AntConc, Voyant, Programming Historian tutorials, plus possibly some others, all have “how to cite” info on their websites.)
  • Write in a style for a public audience that may not know what Voyant is, etc.
  • Write clearly, free of errors that obscure meaning.

You MAY use Omeka as one of your pages; in this case you would write about the same things as above regarding Omeka and link to the Omeka site.

You don’t need to get into a nitty gritty step by step of what you did; you have a research question, sources, methods you explain briefly and then spend more time on your results/what you’ve learned.

The first page is due before class March 25, 2020.  Upload a link to your page to Canvas.

Given the situation with classes and the virus, please be in touch if you have trouble with internet connectivity, a family crisis, etc.

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Update 3/12 re online course mode

In general, I will be trying to provide a high quality educational experience for you – you deserve it.  I know we are all stressed by the situation, though, so please: do what you need to do to be healthy and safe first and address this class second. We will all need to be generous and patient with each other.  You have my cell phone #– reach out if you are stressed, confused, or just want to say hi!

Connectivity:  If you have any problems with high-speed internet connectivity, please send me an email or text from your mobile phone so we can figure out a solution or alternative.

Class after break:  Please block out the whole class time Wed 3-5:40; we will spend some time just getting used to the format.  We will spend sometime all together as a group. We may spend some time with each of you in one on one convos with me.  Check your email, texts and the PRIVATE STUDENT BLOG for details about how we will meet (Zoom, FaceTime, etc.).

Revised assignments:

Blog posts: will continue as scheduled. Please be sure to post QUESTIONS in the post. Blog posts are still due at 9 pm Tuesdays.

Days there are readings but no student posts assigned: I will post to the student blog with some questions. So always check the blog Tuesday nights!!

Class participation/comments:  We will no longer use comments to the blog as part of the grade; instead they will be folded into class participation.  To achieve Satisfactory participation each day of class:

  • Respond with at least one response to each post on the blog for that day.
  • Each response should be internally coherent on one theme.  (Use multiple responses to address multiple questions or themes.)
  • Each response should engage one or more specific things in the readings
  • THREAD responses: respond to each other’s comments if you’re on the same theme/question
  • Authors of original blog posts should respond substantively to one or more comments on their post and respond to the other post if there is one.
  • Attend our abbreviated online discussion, via Zoom or FaceTime or Google Hangouts (TBA) during regularly scheduled class time
  • Attend individual consults with Dr. S. to be scheduled during our regularly scheduled class time.

Whenever possible, please post responses/comments early (rather than right before classtime) so that people can reply and have conversations.

Digital Tutorials will continue: they may be a little different, because we may not have as many opportunities for one on one mentoring and helping. I will modify as necessary.

Digital Portfolio on your personal websites (OU Create) will continue. I will post more instructions and a rubric today or tomorrow. 

Final Project will continue:  We will discuss ideas in class on the Wednesday after break.  The priority will be to enable you to create something independently using one or more methods in class.  Start thinking about research questions, themes/things that interest you, data sets (texts, images, other data), etc., for class the Wed. after break.

Take care!!!

Assignments Digital Tutorials

DT 7: Collections and Exhibits in Omeka

Your assignment for this Digital Tutorial is:

  • clean up the metadata for your items in Omeka
  • ensure the items are in Collections (we did this in class for existing items — if you add a new item, be sure you put it in a Collection!)
  • create an Exhibit

Here are the tutorials we used in class:

Here are the expectations for the assignment:

  • Check to ensure the metadata for your item is consistent (see #1 on the Omeka Collections tutorial).
  • Create an Exhibit using the Omeka Exhibits tutorial. The exhibit should:
    • Have a topic or theme (C, K, S all picked theirs in class; A & G: choose a theme related to Perpetua and Felicitas and their context or how they are regarded in history OTHER THAN gladiators, martyrs, or saints. Some options might be places, motherhood, religion — our brainstorming about the text is on the private student blog — go there if you need ideas)
    • Use pertinent Items from our Omeka items to illustrate the exhibit
    • Have a narrative description/explanation/exploration of your theme of a paragraph (or more but doesn’t need to be long)
    • Text description/explanation/exploration should be accurate: use the actual text, the Cohick & Hughes reading, and the sources for your Items as your resources
    • Clear writing
    • Citations of sources (refer to chapters in the P & F text, cite C&H if you use it, etc.); see the tutorial for more details on citations
  • Additionally
    • the Exhibit needs only to be one page
    • you can add more Items if you want to illustrate your Exhibit if there are not enough or if there’s something you really want for your topic

If you were not in class during the tutorial, reach out if you have questions.

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DT 6: Items and Collections in Omeka

Your assignment for the this Digital Tutorial is to post items to our Omeka site, ensure they are legitimately sourced and reusable online, index them with proper metadata, and ensure they are in appropriate collections. [Note as discussed in class, we’ll do Collections next week. updated 3/4/2020] [also as discussed in class please add three items in addition to the one you added in class Wed. Thanks!]

To receive full credit on this assignment:

  • Post the required number of objects (please do not repeat objects with another peer; I will instruct you on the number in class and update this post). Objects must be:
    • from a reputable source and are likely to be valid
    • reusable (check licensing, website info)
    • appropriate for the site topic and issues
  • Ensure metadata for items is complete (see tutorial Section 3)
  • Ensure each item is in at least one Collection
  • Ensure each item is visible publicly & accessible on the site, with tags
  • Entries should be complete and with correct spelling, checked for consistency

Please be sure to proofread and review for accuracy:

  • Ensure the metadata is complete
  • Check for spelling and accuracy
  • Check for consistency

Suggestions for locating content: museum sites and academic sites are often the most reliable sources. Pinterest is the least reliable. Wikimedia Commons and Flickr can be pretty reliable, also. For museums: British Museum, Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Smithsonian (DC) have images of objects with licensing that allows reuse. The Bible Odyssey site run by the Society of Biblical Literature may have material.

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DT 5: Social Network Analysis

Your assignment is to post to the private class blog a social network graph you made in Palladio and explain what it shows. Use either the tutorial using data about help during the holocaust or the tutorial using the Cushman photo collection data (step 8). For a satisfactory grade, the post should:

  • include at least one image of a social network graph (probably a screenshot)
  • Describe the data and link to it
  • Explain what the graph shows and what you learn from it
  • Make a substantive reference to one or more of the readings about social network analysis in your explanation (and link to the reading!)
  • Cite and link to the tool
  • Cite and link to the tutorial used
  • Clarity of writing

The post is due by the end of the day Friday 2/28.

In Class Activities

Websites used in spatial history/mapping day (click on Places)

Find a passage in the article on spatial history that helps describe what the map(s) or website(s) you’re looking at is/are doing.

Then consider also: “space” is not an inhuman, unchanging object. Answer as many of the following questions as you can with your map/website:

  • How does space change over time?
  • Who inhabits the space?
  • How do the boundaries of the space change?
  • How do perceptions of the space change?
  • Who has power in that space and who does not?


Assignments Digital Tutorials

DT 4: Mapping and Spatial Studies

There are many many tools for creating maps: Google maps, Palladio, Tableau, Carto, LeafletJS, ArcGIS, QGIS… the list goes on. The key to ALL of them is structured, georeferenced data.

For this assignment, create TWO maps with TWO different tools. You have tutorials for Tableau Public, Google My Maps, and Palladio. Post to the course blog:

  • TWO maps created with TWO different tools. (Screenshots ok or screenshots + live links for Google and Tableau, Palladio screenshots only work)
  • For each map explain the dataset in words someone who doesn’t know the dataset can understand
  • For each map link to the dataset
  • For each map name and link to the tools
  • For each map explain what the map tells you about your data

Due end of day Friday.

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DT3: Dataviz with Tableau

There are a number of ways to visualized structured data in spreadsheets. For this tutorial we are using the tool Tableau Public.

Complete the Tableau Public tutorial steps 1-9 to create a chart and 14-16 to share your chart.

Play around — try different chart types with your data, like a bar chart or a pie chart.

Post to the course blog a post with one or more charts (not maps — we have another assignment for maps).

  • Describe and link to the dataset you use for your chart — explain it enough in words so that someone unfamiliar with your dataset knows what it is.
  • Tell us and link to the tool you used.
  • Provide at least one chart: embed it (if you can in WP) or screenshot; you also can screenshot + link to the live chart online in your dashboard on Tableau Public
  • Your chart(s) should have a title, some chart styles should have a legend
  • Describe what the chart(s) show(s) us about your data!

Due on the course blog at the end of the day Friday.

Misc announcements

Event!! Tuesday

There’s a Digital Humanities colloquium Tuesday featuring the work of several faculty. Come, earn a token or two!

Assignments Digital Tutorials

Personal Website/ Digital Portfolio

Digital Portfolio

For this class, you will create a Digital Portfolio on your website showcasing your work.  (If you already have a website, create a separate section/category/etc for this class.).

It will contain:

  • Your own domain or subdomain
  • A landing/home page
  • 1-3 other pages or posts showcasing your work (depending on the grade you want in the class)
    • A: 2 revised Digital Tutorials + 1 page about your collaborative final project
    • B: 3 revised Digital Tutorials
    • C: 2 revised Digital Tutorials
    • D: 1 revised Digital Tutorial
  • About page
  • Clear menu and structure
  • Functional design

The revised Digital Tutorials will showcase your work in the class using 1-3 of the tools/methods we have learned (# based on grade above).  The Digital Tutorials will revise your work from in class and posted to the private blog, sometimes significantly.  The Tutorial pages will:

  • Articulate a question/problem/research issue your use of the tool is addressing
  • Explain and cite (including a link where relevant) the data used (what is this data? Where does it come from)?
  • Describe and cite the tool
  • Explain how the tool and data address your question/problem
  • Explain how you used the tool and data
  • Explain the results
  • Provide one or more visualizations to illustrate your work and results

You should begin thinking about which Tutorials you want to modify for your website.

For 2/14, you will need to have:

  • Your domain/subdomain set up
  • Some content management system (WordPress, etc) or HTML/CSS set up on your site
  • A landing page with an image and clear text.
  • An About page (can be a mostly blank placeholder for now)
  • A menu

Remember is where you go to manage your domain and your application installations.  If you’re using WordPress, (only put your subdomain where “yoursubdomain” is!!) is where you go to manage your content in your WP site (pages, posts, etc.)