2011 – HUMA/HIST 5V71:

Humanities Computing

What is “humanities computing”, also known as “digital humanities”? We will begin to answer this question by thinking about DH through definitions, theoretical problems and examples. Digital humanities is a noun that manifests as a verb: it is “digitizing”, “distant reading”, “mapping”, “building”, “modeling and simulating”, “playing and gaming”, “teaching” and “collaborating”. We will also begin to answer the question by thinking with digital humanities, exploring the ways in which computing can support our research agendas, and augment our research practices.

2009/10 (with John Bonnett) – Hist 5V70-5V79:

History and Computing

The purpose of this course is to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to the computer’s past, present and potential future role as an analytical, expressive and pedagogical support for the discipline of history. In this course, you will be exposed to readings that describe established and emerging domains of research in history, the historical sciences and the digital humanities, domains such as quantitative computing, virtual heritage and digital textual analysis. You will also be introduced to readings that describe historians’ use of important applications, such as databases, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), virtual and augmented reality, and agent-based simulations. The course will also provide a hands-on project which will serve as a practical introduction to digital history, and serve as your final assignment for the course.

2011 – IASC 3V98:

Twenty-first century Teaching and Learning with Technology

Emerging computer technologies are transforming our society; how might these support better teaching and learning in the university in general, and in the humanities in particular? In IASC 3V98, we will answer this question by researching computer technology for post-secondary education, and then developing recommendations that will be expressed in the form of mobile learning applications, written reports, PowerPoint presentations,Web sites, and film/video productions. All of the recommendations produced in this project-based course will be posted on the Web, as we create a conversation amongst faculty and students about the future role of technology at Brock.

2009/10 – IASC/HIST 3F90:

Survey of Humanities Computing

How can we best use digital multimedia to express the humanities? In HIST/IASC 3F90 we will answer this question by:

  • i. “thinking about” multimedia through definitions, histories, examples and theoretical problems;
  • ii. “thinking with” multimedia, using computer technologies to explore and communicate ideas.

We will give special attention to the simulation/interactive game. According to one authority, simulations may be “the paradigmatic form of multimedia, or for that matter, the paradigmatic form of expression in the digital age.”