Last week, I had the pleasure and the privilege to participate in the NEH Office of Digital Humanities “Digital Humanities in the Southeast Workshop” on the campus of Georgia Tech. I gave a lightning talk on a graduate student training and professional development program currently underway at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship called “Technology, Pedagogy, Curriculum + Research,” or TPC+R.
Listen to the audio of my talk here.
I don’t have many slides, because of the “lightning talks” format, but since I am not sure how long it will take video of the talk to make it to the web, I’ll try to give a bit of a redux here in this space.
I wanted to give a presentation on this program because I think that it is a really great opportunity for graduate students here at Emory University. I have been lucky in my own journey through graduate school to be involved with digital humanities work from both pedagogical and research perspectives for the last four years, but not everyone gets that opportunity. This program is a redesigned and beefed up version of the old TPC program that we ran out of the Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (these links will likely die at some point). That center was one of many units that consolidated into what is now the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship last year.
One of the things that we hoped to accomplish in the new center was to give graduate students more opportunities to interact with the center’s staff and be a real resource for graduate training. In the spring, Leah Chuchran, Mairead Sullivan, and I put together a proposal to Laney Graduate School for a three-pronged program for training grad students in digital pedagogy and research, and offering some professional development as well. The program, which is kicking off now with TPC+R, also includes a 700-level Digital Pedagogy Seminar and the Emory Foundations for Online Teaching program. The graduate school happily funded our work, and we began offering TPC+R; we meet twice weekly with graduate students over a six-week period. More details on the syllabus can be found on the course blog here.
The program is designed to fulfill a gap in graduate students training here at Emory. Currently, Emory offers a number of excellent programming for training graduate students for teaching here at Emory. The TATTO program is the primary vehicle for this training. Upon arrival in their first year, graduate students go through a two-day intensive training program, but only one session focuses on digital pedagogy. Similarly, every department has its own pedagogy course. These vary from department to department, year to year, and rarely—if ever—take advantage of ECDS as a part of their curriculum. Finally, ECDS offers workshops on pedagogy, typically focusing on a single tool or technology. The center also offers workshops on the various types of research support offered here as well, things like GIS, textual analysis, finding and analyzing large datasets, etc. However, none of these programs offer a broad overview of technology in pedagogy and research while also allowing for exploration and experimentation at a deeper level. This was the goal of TPC+R. The following slide gives an overview of the types of topics to be covered in the course.
That is essentially the talk! I think that this type of training program represents a huge opportunity for Laney Graduate School students in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences to take advantage of the expertise available in ECDS. We will be offering the program in the spring, with up to two concurrent sessions if there is enough interest. I think that this program is useful for students early in their careers looking for ways to do innovative work with technology, and students in candidacy looking to go on the market.
Are there other folks out there running or considering building similar programs for graduate students?