As I talked about in my previous posts this course engaged me in quite a steep learning curve because I was taken so far out of my comfort zone.
I had to adapt fairly quickly to all this information in order to be able to do the course work. This is where troubleshooting skill development and the Help sections became my best assets.
Learning a new skill in such a short amount of time is not very easy and does not come without, in this case, sometimes very dazed and confused stares at a computer screen. I learned, however, to not neglect the help sections on various websites. The confusion turned out to actually help me better develop my skills in troubleshooting, which I think is a skill that is often overlooked by many and understood by few.
This is yet another skill that I can take away from this course that I think applies over a broad spectrum of things and not just coding and the digital world in general.
Like I mentioned previously, this course wasn’t as much of an English course as I had anticipated but there still was the familiar aspect of an English course incorporated with the DH.
This incorporation was something I found to be incredibly interesting. This is because I never really thought about the intersection between the more traditional english courses and the digital world.
I had absolutely no idea previous to this course just how related these two very different subjects are, and maybe how they are not so different from each other after all. In today’s world with technology constantly evolving and changing the ways we go about doing things the digital humanities helps many more traditionally taught subjects (ie. english) enter the modern world.
Through the modernization and digitization of the traditional we open up these subjects to exploration in a new form and on a different platform and I think this is exactly what I was involved in, in this english course.
Now, in the beginning of the class, the title of this post would have just been a bunch of letters that I would have absolutely no hope of deciphering.
This is something I found so unique to this class though and that was the fact that I was being taken completely out of my comfort zone. I came in with my English major skills prepared and ready but found myself not using them nearly as much as I had hoped…in a good way.
HTML and CSS are now skills that I have that I can actually take away from this class with me. Now, seeing as I am not actually academically speaking a Digital Humanist I still feel as though these are skills I can carry with me throughout the rest of my education and into the workforce.
I find myself being able to look at the digital world just a little bit differently now that I know the combinations of letters, numbers and symbols responsible for the interfaces we are familiar with today. I truly enjoy the fact that I am able to code now and am able to do these things I would have never thought possible before this class.
The first time I had ever come into contact with what is known as the Digital Humanities was during the first term of this year. Going into my second term I realized I had yet another course based entirely on the digital humanities ahead of me.
English 355O was a class I registered for with the expectation of another traditional english course. I came into this course with only a few skills in HTML and CSS coding but still was just a beginner.
This has been one of the most unique classes I have probably taken thus far in my university career and hopefully I can fully articulate why in my posts to come!
Hello Day of DH world!
I am posting this as a sort of test. I am still very much trying to figure out this website and exploring to try and get the “lay of the land.”
I imagine my next post will (hopefully) have a bit more substance to it than this but for now I guess this is just me saying hello!