Digital Humanities for Undergraduate Learning

What do the essential learning goals and high impact practices of liberal education look like in a digital context? How can we prepare our students to be citizens in a networked world? The digital humanities offer one avenue for exploring the future of liberal education.


  1. In January, a group of digital humanists from the NITLE network presented on digital humanities for undergraduate learning at AAC&U.  Here's how I introduced them.
  2. Their powerpoints are available here.
  3. Here's what Inside Higher Ed said about the session.
  4. We asked three of them to do their presentations again for NITLE's Digital Scholarship Seminar Series. (See their powerpoints at the link above).
  5. First up was Chris Blackwell, a Professor of Classics at Furman University who has written about this topic for Digital Humanities Quarterly.
  6. Chris argued that digital humanities continues the work of the humanities, one part of which is list-making.  
  7. Next up was Laura McGrane, Associate Professor of English at Haverford College.  Laura explained how the new technologies allow her students to learn new forms of argumentation, such as archival arguments or constructing archives to build an argument.
  8. These sorts of argument mark a departure from the narrative argument traditional in the humanities.
  9. Students learn the process just as much as the product.
  10. They build arguments from online archives--Prof. McGrane also spoke about this for a digital scholarship seminar in January 2011.