Teaching Digital Humanities: How Technology Can Empower Humanities Students And Educators

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Alaina Marie Doyle (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Randall Reed

Abstract: In Fall of 2017, Religion in the Digital Age debuted as an elective for Religious Studies students interested in Digital Humanities. The curriculum consisted of introductory lectures and demonstrations of the application of several digital technologies—Google Sheets, Google Trends, Google Ngram Viewer, GSS Data Explorer, IBM Watson Analytics— in Religious Studies research. While a class like Religion in the Digital Age may not pose a complete solution to the problem the Humanities face in an increasingly digitized and market-driven academic and professional worlds, it does offer the potential for a more integrated, timely, a conscientious approach to teaching Religious Studies and Humanities research. From the integration of digital technologies into religious studies curriculums we can learn more about the evolving place and importance of the humanities in our changing world. Many questions remain to be answers, but unanswered questions, and questions yet to be effectively framed, are exactly where the humanities excels. There is no question that embracing, rather than neglecting, the organic intersection of religion, humanities, and data will lead to students who are better prepare to answer and ask the right religious studies questions and will generate more sophisticated, and therefore employable, graduates.  

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Honors Project
Doyle, A. (2018). "Teaching Digital Humanities: How Technology Can Empower Humanities Students And Educators." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
Digital humanities, Humanities computing, Religious Studies, Digital technologies, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

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