Digital Humanities in General Education: Building Bridges Among Student Expertise at an Access University

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What We Teach When We Teach DH: Digital Humanities in the Classroom

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Digital humanities -- Study and teaching, Social justice


How to teach digital humanities at a university where 48% of the student population is food insecure? Portland State University admits 95% of its applicants, is a BIPOC-majority university, and serves the largest number of Pell Grant recipients in the state of Oregon. Having taught at and attended only R1 institutions prior to my arrival at PSU, I was sympathetic to the mission of an access university but underprepared to teach at one. I had been blinkered by an R-1 bias, assuming that what I was prepared to teach, students were ready to learn. This book chapter discloses how I moved my DH class into the general education curriculum, and blended two populations: computer sciences majors and literature majors. I shifted authority from a hierarchical model, where faculty expertise is the pinnacle, to a decentralized, rhizomatic one that solicits and harnesses student expertise. The chapter outlines three assignments over a ten week quarter, and student response to them.


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