Second Symposium: March 10, 2011

Digital Humanities, Teaching and Learning

Do technological innovations necessarily need new methods and new studies to be understood? How have these new media changed the ways in which we teach and learn? This symposium explored questions about pedagogy, bringing interesting projects into dialogue with Texas-based pedagogical innovations such as the DWRL, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL), and a diverse range of individual faculty projects.

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

ACES AVAYA Auditorium

Welcome: Matt Cohen and Lars Hinrichs
Introduction: Samuel Baker
Keynote lecture: Alan Liu, “The University in the Digital Age: The Big Questions”
Reception: Texas Advanced Computing Center Vislab (ACES 2.404a). Featuring a digital art exhibit with works by Lawrence McFarland, Ricardo Meleschi, Trey Ratcliff, and Ali Miharbi.

Friday, March 11, 2011

All panels held in UTC 4.124

9:30-10:00 a.m., coffee and snacks available

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Session 1: New Subjects: Games, Code, and Student Subjectivities

Chair: Tekla Schell
Speakers: Jeremy Douglass, “Visualizing Play (and playing with visualization)”
Cynthia Haynes, “In the Throws of Playjectivity”
Liz Losh, “Playing Against Type”
Comment: Justin Hodgson

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Session 2: Input/Output: What gets made in digitally mediated learning?

Chair: Jerome Bump
Speakers: Megan Winget, “Gods and Monsters: teaching and practice on the borderlands”
Jan Rune Holmevik, “Ludic Learners: Heuretics in Visual Communication”
Patricia Galloway, “Scared Creative: Confronting Student Digital Archivists with Born-Digital Materials”

2:30 – 3:00 p.m., coffee break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Session 3: What Is Access?

Chair: Scott Nelson
Speakers: Amanda Booher, “Audience, Agency, and Accessibility in Multimedia Composing”
Fred Kemp, “The Rhetoric of Personal Agency: Everybody Has Your Number, and the Phone is Ringing”
Comment: Molly Hardy

Saturday, March 12, 2011

All panels will be held in UTC 4.124

9:30 – 10:00 a.m., coffee and snacks available

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Session 1: A Googolplex of Books: Changing Libraries and Archives

Chair: Lindsey Schell
Speakers: Julia Flanders, “What’s in the Black Box? Technology and Intellectual Responsibility in the Humanities”
Howard Besser, “Large datasets of visual daily culture: Why they’re important; who’s studying them; and the challenges for scholars, scholarship, pedagogy, and stewards”
Maria Esteva, “Inferences and Archives Description: A Look at the Results of Automated Methods to Describe Electronic Records”
Loriene Roy, “For Those Working in Libraries: Respect for Traditional Cultural Expressions within the Ethos of Equity of Access”
Comment: Abby Smith Rumsey
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Session 2: But Is It Any Good? Assessing Humanities Tool-Building

Chair: Peter Keane
Speakers: Olin Bjork, “‘Don’t Be Evil’: Good RIA Hunting in the Digital Humanities”
Lisa Spiro, “Good Is Useful?: Towards a Humanities Tools Portal”
Carl Blyth, “Assessment for Innovation, or Avoiding the Old-Wine-In-New-Bottle Phenomenon”
Comment: Margaret Syverson

2:30 – 3 p.m., coffee break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Session 3: What is the role of universities in a digital future?

Chair: Coleman Hutchison
Speakers: Amanda French, “Plied with Cheese No More: New Metaphors for the University in a Digital Future”
Amy Earhart, “Back to the Land: Using the Digital to Create a Smallholding within the University”
Rebecca Frost Davis, “Digital Humanities and Liberal Education”

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