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University of Iowa, Video Interview Series on the Digital Humanities

(Bridget Draxler and I have been collaborating on a series of interviews with UI faculty and staff... Here, I repost the introduction she was kind enough to write for our first in the series. Our next interview is scheduled for May 7th, stay tuned until then.)

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 video 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, Dept of English
Dee Morris, faculty, Dept of English
Jacob Horn, graduate student, Dept of English

In this interview, Peter Likarish and Bridget Draxler talked with
three members of the UI English department about creating a wiki space
for use in the classroom.  Dee Morris shared ideas about using wiki
spaces to study digital media and digital poetics, and how it creates
a "network" of knowledge production in her classroom.  "It becomes a
much more collaborative kind of class if you have a wiki," Dee notes.
Teresa Mangum discussed "VicWik," the wiki she 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 described 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 a wiki space.

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