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Assignments and Grading

All projects must be completed in order to pass the course.


  • Digital Humanities Project Review (Due 21 FEB, 15%)
    You will select a digital humanities project and write an evaluation of that project using a set of guidelines that we’ll assemble as a class. Think of this as a short-to-medium length paper (e.g. ~750-1000)

  • Personal Website Hack (Due 9 MAR, 10%)
    Through a blend of in-class jumpstart and periodic at-home development, you’ll develop a personal professional website. This will involve a crash course in HTML and CSS and tweaking a template to suit your informational needs.

  • Process Journalling (Weekly-ish, 15%)
    Short (~150 words) writing assignments. Most should be reflections on the work that you’re doing in the class, not the quality (it’s not a self evaluation, per se) but the steps you’re taking, the hurdles you’re overcoming. Try to identify challenges or successes that might be useful to peers.

  • Class Citizenship (Semi-regular assessment, 20%)
    This is about the quality of your participation in class, and it’ll be tailored (to a degree) to your individual level. You can read more about participation in policies, but it’s about presence and engagement. At four points during the semester I’ll ask you to write brief “Citizenship Reflections” (~250-500 words) on which I’ll comment; I’ll take this into account when evaluating this portion of the grade for the end of the semester. They’ll also give you signposts to where I (we) think you stand in terms of this requirement.
    • 9 FEB
    • 9 MAR
    • 13 APR
    • 5 MAY (a wrap up reflection, post-semester)
  • Presentation and Tutorial of a “low-barrier” DH Tool (2nd half of sem, 20%)
    There are a number of plug-and-play, click-and-drag, etc tools out there. If you’re curious, you can find some here. From a list of suggestions, you and a partner will select a tool, review its utility, and guide the class in a walkthrough of its uses.

  • Final Project (2,4 MAY, 20%)
    The nature of this project is likely to shift because it’ll be tailored to your own interests. It will be a group project that will be the culminating effort of folks who bring different skills to the table. You’ll compose a project charter proposal (~500 words) that lays out the scope of the project and, where applicable, individuals’ responsibilities. You’ll create the project, you’ll present to the class on that project, and you’ll compose a personal reflection (~500 words) on the projects’ design and development, and on your disciplinary relationship to it.

Grading Standards
From the College Catalogue, p259.

  • A (90-100) – outstanding performance in which there has been distinguished achievement in all phases of the course.
  • B (80-89) – good performance in which there has been a high level of achievement in some phases of the course.
  • C (70-89) – adequate performance in which a basic understanding of the subject has been demonstrated.
  • D (60-69) – minimal performance in which despite recognizable deficiencies there is enough merit to warrant credit.
  • F (<60) – (or NC) unsatisfactory performance.


“An Incomplete (designated “I”) is only appropriate if a student has attended and participated in the classroom activities throughout the semester and a small portion of the work of a course is unavoidably unfinished. This work must be completed before the end of the first week of the following semester (including work for Semester II that must be completed before the end of the first week of the Summer Session). If the work is not completed by the time specified, the I automatically becomes an F or NC. Credit for a course completed at the College will not normally be awarded after the deadline for changing incomplete grades. Exceptions to this policy require a written petition to the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement and are approved only in exceptional circumstances.”
– (from the College Catalogue, p260.)

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