High Five!

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute

Faculty members from Communication Studies, Justice Studies, History, WRTC, and Philosophy and Religion recently finished up the six-week Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute. The institute facilitators were Andrew Witmer from the Department of History and Seán McCarthy from the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. Seán is also a Faculty Associate in CIT and said that “the overall goal of the institute was for instructors in the social sciences and humanities to learn how to adapt digital practices to their assignments.” Each of the participants developed an assignment for one of their courses that uses digital technology.

The institute received support from CIT and CFI and featured guest speakers from each department. Two CIT staff members, Kevin Hegg and Nicole Wilson, presented during the institute about WordPress and creating digital assignments. The Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute was the first of its kind at JMU and Seán said they are “looking forward to developing more opportunities like it in the near future.” For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/news/2014/04/01-digital-humanities-institute.shtml