Bryn Mawr College’s commitment to pedagogy in the Digital Humanities is in full swing with the Digital Scholarship Graduate Showcase - an ongoing series of workshops in digital educational tools lead by graduate students from Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. From February through April undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members are invited to participate in training sessions for software packages such as Photoshop, ArcGIS, Palladio, AntConc and coding languages such as Python. All digital tools were selected by Graduate Fellows in Digital Scholarship to serve the diverse research needs of the campus community.
The series is also an opportunity for Graduate Fellows to develop digital pedagogy skills. This helps graduate students prepare for an academic job market that increasingly demands knowledge and competency in digital tools in research and teaching. As fellows, graduate students have self-selected the digital tools for which they provide instruction, based on their own academic research experience.
The Digital Fellows program is currently run by Dr. Alice McGrath, Digital Scholarship Specialist in LITS and a recent addition to Bryn Mawr. Dr. McGrath stresses the importance of digital scholarship for Bryn Mawr’s wider community, and the role that Graduate Fellows play in facilitating education in digital tools:
“The Graduate Showcase is a great opportunity not only for the fellows to show what they’ve been working on but also for other researchers to get a sense of what’s possible for digital scholarship in the disciplines.
It’s been really exciting to see how these graduate students have incorporated digital methods into their own work and I can’t wait to see where these projects go in the future.
The graduate fellows have learned a lot about digital methods for conducting and publishing research and now they’re finding ways to teach others what they’ve learned, including a workshop series, communities of learning, teaching resources, and more.”
The workshop schedule features a broad array of digital learning opportunities for the campus community:
Introduction to Photoshop: by Andrea Samz-Pustol
February 13th, 4:30-6pm, Canaday 315
Introduction to mapping and GIS: by Katie Breyer
February 25th, 4:00-6pm, Carpenter Digital Media & Collaboration Lab
Data Visualization with Palladio: by Molly Kuchler
March 4th, 5:30-7pm, Carpenter Digital Media & Collaboration Lab
Cleaning Date with OpenRefine: by RJ Barnes
March 26th, 5:30-7pm, Carpenter Digital Media & Collaboration Lab
Corpus Analysis with AntConc: by Devin Lawson
April 9th, 6-8pm, Carpenter Digital Media & Collaboration Lab
This workshop is also complemented by the weekly Digital Scholarship Program Communities of Learning programming, which features further in-depth training in Python, digital tools for learners of Classical languages, and FileMaker pro. Learn more here!