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University of Iowa, Interview Series on the Digital Humanities Part I: Wikis

Digital humanities projects can take many forms, changing the way we teach and archive, the way we read and write. Because digital work can take so many forms, can be used in so many ways, and can change so quickly, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends--even in our own backyards. HASTAC has gathered a community of scholars to share these ideas, ranging from forum discussions to blogs. By creating a network of thinkers, we can foster work in the digital humanities that is truly collaborative.

Pursuing HASTAC's mission, this series sheds light on some of the innovative work underway at the University of Iowa, and it brings together the faculty, staff, and students who make these projects happen. The following series features panel interviews on various topics in the digital humanities, ranging from wikis to gray literature to digital archives. Our goal is to bring together these innovative people to talk about what they do and how they do it. They provide basic information about getting started on a project and offer practical advice for making that project work. Most importantly, they talk about why they do the work they do--their motivations, their experiences, their successes.

We hope you will enjoy these conversations as much as we have.


Interview 1: Wikis and the Humanities

Teresa Mangum, faculty, UIowa Dept of English
Dee Morris, faculty, UIowa Dept of English
Jacob Horn, graduate student, UIowa Dept of English

In this interview, Peter Likarish and I talk with three members of the UI English department about creating a wiki space for use in the classroom.  Dee Morris shares ideas about using wiki spaces to study digital media and digital poetics, and how a wiki can create a "network" of knowledge production in the classroom.  "It becomes a much more collaborative kind of class if you have a wiki," Dee notes.  Teresa Mangum discusses "VicWik," the wiki she has created for her Victorian literature class. Teresa also comments on the collaborative potential of using a wiki, saying "I hope the students will come to think of themselves as in a larger project than just a class."  Jacob Horn describes the wiki he created for the general education literature program as a resource for instructors.  This wiki includes background information and classroom strategies on specific texts and authors for new teachers, drawing on "the cumulative knowledge of all the people passing through the general education literature department."  This interview session includes ideas about why using a wiki can be so effective with our students, as well as tips on how to create your own wiki space.

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Stay tuned for more conversations from the University of Iowa!


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