Allison Schifani, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Digital Humanities
Tuesday, December 2nd, Clark Hall Room 206, 1:30pm—3:00pm
This talk will offer a general introduction to theoretical debates in the field of digital humanities in addition to exploring some of the ways digital practitioners have used their skills and projects to advocate for the humanities across disciplines. Exploring the historical roots and contemporary modes of engagement in humanist scholarship, theory of and about the digital humanities poses important questions about humanist methodologies, both analog and digital, 'old' and 'new.' With increasing concern about funding, as well, humanities departments across the U.S. have been pressured to defend their value in the university. Digital humanities as a practice has, in many cases, been a leader in the fight to keep humanities education and scholarship strong, and vital to building rigorous, diverse intellectual exchange.
Allison Schifani received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work explores literatures, media art, and urban intervention in the 20th and 21st Century Americas. Her dissertation, Biotechnical Ecologies: Urban Practice and Play in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles focused on extra-institutional ways of shaping the experience of the city and speculating on its digital futures. She is currently writing on emerging DIY media and art practices in Cleveland.
Katie Skapin and Lee Zickel
Thursday & Friday, January 8 & 9, Clark Hall Room 206, 9:00am—12:00pm
This essential workshop will explore tactics to effectively use Blackboard for teaching. In addition to offering participants a broad overview of the platform’s capacities, this workshop will provide hands on training in its use. Encouraging multi-modal, multi-media engagement in course material can help your students reach beyond the basic assignments of the course to consider themselves not just as critical thinkers and writers, but active producers of knowledge.
Katie Skapin is an Instructional Technologist with Case Western Reserve University's Information Technology Services group. In her role, she provides faculty, students, and staff with support for technologies used for teaching and learning; these technologies include Blackboard, Adobe Connect, and Google Apps. As a new member of the ITS team, she is working on developing her professional interests in relation to academic technologies.
Lee's work combines Information Systems and Organizational Behavior with Cognitive Linguistics, focusing on investigating the cognitive implications of small group collaboration in narrative co-construction during gameplay and exploring the shifting notions and mappings of failure in non-game settings. In addition to his scholarship, Lee also serves as the Digital Humanities Manager of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. When donning his DH hat, Lee is responsible for consulting on project design, guiding faculty to the appropriate service support, and raising the profile of digital humanities on campus.