Assignments and Evaluation

December 24th, 2015
  1. Reflection Essays (10% each = 30%) — You will write three short essays. Each essay, expected to be 3 pages in length (double-spaced with normal margins), will ask you to take a critical position on a given topic. Your reflection should be informed by the readings and web resources assigned in the course; and you should relate them to your own experiences. All essays must include citations in Chicago/Turabian format.  As a W1 course, all essays are process-based. This means that for each essay, you will need to present a concept map and an initial draft before submitting your final draft. You will receive feedbacks from me and/or your peers on the concept map and the first draft. The final draft should include your revisions based on these feedbacks. Only the final draft will be graded. Your concept map and your first draft will count toward your participation grade.
  1. Module Projects (10% each = 40%) — This course consists of four learning modules. At the conclusion of each module, you will demonstrate your introductory familiarity with the digital humanities tools in question by finishing a group project and giving a short project presentation.
  1. Final Project (10%) — This assignment forms a demonstration of your accomplishment of either or both of the two learning goals of this course: a) to develop the ability to use the appropriate visualization tools for humanistic inquiry, and b) to develop the ability to critically evaluate how different visualizations shape our understanding of humanities subjects differently. It may be a refinement of your favorite Module Project or with the instructor’s approval, a brand-new project using one or more of the digital tools introduced in this course. The project will be a fully-developed piece of DH scholarship which engages the broader academic discourses on the subject of your inquiry and/or the methodological discussions of humanities visualization. Before final submission of your project for grading, you will have an opportunity to present it the class and other members of the campus community and make revisions based on the feedbacks you receive during the presentation.
  1. Class Participation (20%) — Participation includes making meaningful and regular contributions to the class discussion, preparing thoughtful presentations on web resources, carefully preparing concept maps and drafts for your own essays, employing writing as a process by being responsive to feedbacks and successfully developing and revising your wiring assignments at both global and local levels, responsibly reviewing the essays of your classmates, and taking one or two turns to be the class scribe. The scribe records the class debates to free up the others to . . . keep debating. The scribe will publish his/her notes on the course website so the class can have an ongoing record of our debates.
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