Deliberate Tech Choice for Fulbright Teachers

DHC faculty Ken Sherwood and Gian Pagnucci offered a workshop entitled “Deliberate Tech Choice: My Domain for Teachers” to resident Fulbright teachers on Friday, October 1, 2021. The workshop introduced these international teachers to the framework of deliberate technology choice, aligning digital enhancements to teaching with student needs. Fulbright teachers learned to code a simple web page, create a self-hosted blog, and build a collaborative multi-authored wiki — as three tools from the MyDomain toolbox.

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Announcing Ethnopoetics.org

The DHC is proud to announce the first phase Ethnopoetics.org — a collaboration to extend the valuing and study of global poetries.

Using the affordances of an open-access wiki, Dr. Kenneth Sherwood initiated the project in Summer 2021 with graduate students in ENGL 766/866 Comparative Literature Ethnopoetics. Students from a Fall class in Digital Humanities have been helping to develop the project. They have learned to create accessible, scholarly contextualization and commentary for important texts of global poetry originally collected by Alcheringa in the 1970s.

Ethnopoetics names an informal movement in poetry and scholarship dating to the late 1960s but has come more broadly to designate writing that reflects a heightened awareness of the artfulness of oral and traditional poetries and the ways in which diverse verbal arts illuminate world cultures; this writing can also reflect innovative theorizing and practices of representational practices, including transcription/translation. Coined by Jerome Rothenberg, ethnopoetics involves collaborations among poets, storytellers, singers, anthropologists, translators, linguists, and literary scholars.

Alcheringa was digitized by the Kelly Writers’ House at the University of Pennsylvania, and the content is used with permission of UPenn and the original editor, Jerome Rothenberg.

In the coming months, students working on the project will join Dr. Sherwood to talk more about what they have learned through this collaborative research, as well as next steps in the project.

Wikimedia Foundation

Congratulations to Prof. Matthew Vetter and IUP Graduate Student Oksana Moroz. The Wikimedia Foundation has approved a grant to help support the Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at IUP.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

We’re writing to invite you and your students to participate in IUP’s fourth annual Interdisciplinary Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, to be held Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10am-2pm (Stabley 201/210). At last year’s event, 91 editors made 228 edits to 73 articles in Wikipedia, adding over 12,000 words to help improve representation of women and the arts across disciplines. In addition to these accomplishments, student-participants were also given a chance to practice crucial digital literacy skills, collaboration, and critical thinking.This year’s event will emphasize topics related to language and literature as we work to build a more inclusive, diverse, and representative Wikipedia.

Wikipedia’s gender gap, which results in problems of representation attributed to the lack of women and non-male editors participating in the encyclopedia’s production, is by now well-known and well-documented. A groundbreaking survey conducted in 2011 by the Wikimedia Foundation, found that less than 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as women, and less than 1% as transgender. A startling statistic: only 17% of all biographical articles on Wikipedia focus on women. This event is a critical response to Wikipedia’s gender gap which invites the IUP community to help improve coverage of subjects related to women’s representation, art, language, literature and other under-represented topics.

Advance training workshops: We will be offering two hands-on workshops in advance of the main event, to be held Tuesday, March 31, 10am-12pm, and Wednesday, April 15, 2pm-4pm (Stabley 201). Both students and faculty are welcome at these events, which will support basic Wikipedia editing training, and article selection in anticipation of the Editathon. Contact mvetter@iup.edu to RSVP for these workshops.

Register in advance: Finally, We encourage advance registration of faculty and students (when possible) by visiting the following link: 

 

Questions? Concerns? Please follow up with us to chat more about this event. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you can find a way to participate in this event. Thank you,

Matt Vetter, on behalf of the Editathon Organizing Committee

Coal Code Node

Coal Code Node was produced as installation by Ken Sherwood and Bob Sweeny, October 2018, Kipp Annex. For the exhibit, Sherwood coded a poetic sound/image generator, video sequences of which were captured and this projection was combined with a film loop created by Sweeny and projected through a network of ropes strung across the space.

The javascript program can be run in Firefox and the code examined on KennethSherwood.com

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2018 Twine Story Game Festival Hosted at IUP

On April 25, some seventy regional middle and high-school students will visit IUP in the culmination of a semester long activity.  Beginning early in the year, a team of IUP graduate students and faculty led on-site workshops to introduce students to the elements of hypertext, interactive fiction, and basic coding.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy and vote for viewer’s choice awards during the festival. The website of student works can be accessed during the festival and subsequently.

DHC Co-sponsors Second Annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

wiki editors at table

Photo courtesy of Zeeshan Siddique

For the second year in a row, the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture (DHC) at IUP has co-sponsored an Edit-a-thon event focused on improving representation of women and the arts in Wikipedia. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. DHC affiliate Dr. Matt Vetter organized and led the event with Women’s and Gender Studies Director Dr. Lynn Botelho. The DHC also provided technical support and laptops for the event.

The Edit-a-thon took place March 7, 2018 in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 226. As part of this event, 66 editors made 429 edits to 29 articles in Wikipedia, adding nearly 6,000 words to help improve representation of women and the arts across disciplines.

This year’s Edit-a-thon also included a broader assessment initiative. Organizers conducted a survey to which 24 participants responded. Preliminary analysis of survey results demonstrates positive outcomes related to the event. In particular, 70% of those surveyed indicated that they would edit Wikipedia in the future. Additionally, 80% of the surveyed participants agreed that a Wikipedia classroom project is a worthwhile experience. Finally, as part of this survey, participants were asked to rank learning outcomes. Averages across these rankings showed that participants found the event useful for learning about outcomes in the following order: (1) critical thinking, (2) digital literacy, (3) technical skills, (4) online source reliability, (5) about the class topic, (6) writing for a general audience.

Doctoral students in Dr. Vetter’s English 846: Digital Rhetoric also conducted video interviews with 6 Edit-a-thon participants to learn more about their experience and learning related to digital literacy and critical thinking. This research is ongoing.

In addition to the sponsorship provided by the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, this event was supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, IUP Libraries, Women’s & Gender Studies, Art, Theatre & Dance, and Composition & Applied Linguistics.

Creative Coding – Coffee Talk and Workshop

“Creative” or “Exploratory” coding involves teaching programming fundamentals to allow people outside of computer science to gain agency in the digital domain.

Through a Coffee Talk (Tues, 9am, Sutton 352) and a free, hands-on workshop (Weds, 9am, Sutton 352), Tomi Dufva invites members of the IUP community to become acquainted with the ways expression and the understanding of code can go together.

Tomi Dufva is co-founder of a school integrating coding an art for children.

DHC Affiliated Faculty Publish on Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

A decade after DHC folks begin experimenting with Wikis, newer faculty member and Asst. Professor Matt Vetter brought the pedagogy of Wiki Editing back to the fore at IUP.

Click here to read the article.

In an Art Feminism Edit-a-thon last year, Vetter worked with the DHC and Women’s Studies to host a DH intervention. Now, Theresa McDevitt of the library, along with Vetter, Weinstein and Sherwood (English/DHC) have published a jointly authored article.