Technical Learning Resources

Your 1st TLR post is due on Wednesday, September 10, so you need to choose a technology/language/platform and start learning how to use it by Wednesday, September 3 at the latest. If you do not already have a basic understanding of code, I would suggest that you start by learning HTML and CSS. There are a number of places online where you can learn code for free through tutorials. Here are a few places you might look:

HTML (HyperText Markup Language)

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

Learning (or brushing up on) basic code will provide you with a good foundation for many of the digital projects we will be interacting with and making in this course. However, you do not need to stick to learning code all semester. If you want to learn enough code to get the gist and then move on to something else, that is fine (and encouraged!). Remember, you are not expected to become an expert at any one thing. Rather, you need to start developing technical skills that will help you complete your final team projects. Once you narrow down what those projects will be, then you should be focused on learning the technologies/languages/platforms that can enable you to contribute to your team’s DH project.

Those of you who are already comfortable with basic coding might want to start with something different. DH scholar Alan Liu has created some wonderful resources–like the “DH Toychest” and “Tutorials for DH Tools and Methods“–that provide a wide range of options. I would also highly recommend checking out Omeka, a content management system for digital collections, which I think may come in handy for some of your final projects. And, if you’re feeling ambitious, you may want to take a look at Arduino, a physical computing platform.

Again, I want to emphasize that the technical skills you decide to develop are up to you. As the semester progresses, try to identify the skills that you think will be most valuable for your own interests and for your team’s final project. I am happy to talk with you about ideas regarding your technical learning at any point in the semester.


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  1. In Stephen Ramsay’s article, “On Building” he states his belief that digital humanities is about building things. I happen to agree with Ramsay that this is definitely part of what makes the field leading in innovation and creativity. Based on how we understand technologies and how they relate to people we are able to unveil a humanistic approach to the future only found in digital humanities. The task I have chosen to learn more about is known as the “apple watch”. I am fascinated by how technology is constantly growing to adapt to make our lives less complicated and more controlled. The designers of apple have caught my attention since the very first apple Ipod came out when I was a teenager. Through the course of time and my own observation during the span of my life I have noticed that there has been variations to this specific technology made to fit people’s lifestyles better. Living in the twenty first century it’s interesting to experience how technology grows and changes to adapt to the demands of our society. I was looking at my twitter feed when I came across a tweet with a link posted of an article explaining the new apple watch. I was instantly interested to learn more in order to not get left behind by the knowledge and technologies of our modern day world. I began reading as many articles on the new device as possible to broaden my understanding of what one should expect to receive from this new expansion. I decided it would be beneficial to find hashtags relating to the new technology in hopes to find more relatable information into the development of this structure. I taught it to myself by using the internet as a resource to learn. Certain websites helped me attain knowledge to educate myself further on the new product such as youtube, google and apple. A struggle I experienced during my learning process was the fact that, because the product has not been released yet information on its usage is rather limited. This did limit how much information I was able to attain through my search. However, I am sure when the item goes into stores it will provide people with directions built by people that understand the concept of digital humanities in which the product is explained thoroughly. From my research using online resources I was able to conclude a few interesting findings about the apple watch. Decisions put into this technology were purposefully created with reasoning to advance the role technology plays in society and to appeal in the humanistic approach of consumers. One choice in particular that struck me was the size of this apple watch and the reason behind that decision. I learned about how much more convenient this new product is because of its’ size and this choice apple made in creating a “watch” instead of a hand held device was quiet clever. I am excited to have found a relatable topic to Digital Humanities through the innovation of technology as it is growing in the market because it relates to the shared experiences we will encounter a week from now when it gets released in the market


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