Given our interdisciplinarity, each student brings a different complement of skills and academic disciplines to the course. Assessment entails tracking a student’s skill development in the above six Key Competencies over the semester relative to that individual’s background (rather than via an absolute standard). This is a hands-on course where we collaboratively try out a number of tools and methods and pool our knowledge. Student blogs as e-portfolios, together with a collaborative group blog, provide an easy means to organize and communicate both the collective and individual exploration of these practices and tools.

Assessment will be based on the following elements (percentage of grade noted as %):

  1. Class attendance and participation (10%)

  2. Posting to course blog: minimum one posting per week (10%)

    For example: Class-relevant information you believe would be useful to the class; thoughtful and creative musings on class discussion or readings for the week (including responding to others) – no topic is too minute or too huge.

  3. E-Portfolio (40%)

(to share the development of your skills and knowledge in the the six Key Competencies)

  1. Create a new individual blog on the CUNY Commons (3%)

  2. Make the blog accessible to the class group (2%) (optional: open/closed to public)

  3. Tools and methods commentary: (25%) Discuss your process of testing each major method/tool presented throughout the semester (which implies that, either in or out of class (or both), you do test-drive each major method and/or tool introduced) . At least some of the points you make should be exemplified with sample data. The sample data can either be from your home discipline, from class, or elsewhere.

  4. Digital Practices metacommentary: (10%) Discuss your reflections on the process of doing scholarly analysis and communicating scholarship via DH tools and methods – you are encouraged to riff on data (e.g. text, image, a/v) you upload.

  • Two in-class presentations (40%)

    Preferred format: Both presentations are elaborated blog posts which you talk the class through; this will allow you to have two final products to showcase in your portfolio.

    Alternative format: you do a stand off-presentation (talking and showing a tool or method, using a/v, presentation tools, etc); but you use your blog to discuss the analytic and methodological steps involved leading up to the presentation.

    1. Method/tool presentation (some Monday class during the semester) (20%)

      Pick a method or tool from the syllabus below, familiarize yourself with it a bit in advance (help is available!), and present your take on it. (10 mins)

    2. Applied presentation (applying one or more method/tool(s) to your field) (20%)

      Ten minutes on 13 May. Should be exemplified with plenty of data, ideally from your field. If you are shy, please feel free to pre-record it as a podcast.


Assessment rubrics for e-portfolios and the in-class presentations will be posted on the course website.

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