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Events and workshops: Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL)

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Digital Humanities Café 

The DH Café presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.  The theme for Fall 2017 is Digital Pedogogy.  

The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  Links to register are included under each workshop description.  Space is limited, so make sure to register soon to ensure a space.

The DH Café is a partnership between the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) and SFU Library's Research Commons and is affiliated with KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative

Teaching With Transmedia Storytelling

The Educational Media Program (EMP) at the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) has undergone many changes since its conception in 2014. The EMP teaches instructional staff at SFU how to design and implement media as a teaching tool. It began as a series of separate workshops in various media disciplines such as graphics, video, audio and interactivity. This approach functioned well to teach media skills, but we want to encourage more connectivity among the forms of media when designing courses. By experimenting with a narrative throughline, engagement could be improved and, possibly, greater retention as they see the complimentary and fluid nature of connected media. We hope that this approach will encourage participants to apply a transmedia approach in their own pedagogy. The program helped restructure the workshops so that faculty is participating and engaged in a rich hands-on creative lab environment. We will discuss our design process, from conception, initial design, production, hurdles, and reflections and how it could be used in future courses.

Presented by: John Born, Shantala Singh, Duane Woods, Gabe Wong, Jason Toal (SFU Teaching & Learning Centre)

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Open Publishing as Open Pedagogy: Creating a Course Journal using Open Journal Systems

In this session, you will be introduced to SFU's free, open source Open Journal Systems publishing application and discuss how it has been used to facilitate open pedagogical practices in the classroom. Participants will come away with practical ideas to get your students writing, peer-reviewing, and publishing in the open.

Presented by: Ali Moore & Kevin Stranack (SFU Library - Digital Publishing)

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Getting Students to Read Critically through Online Annotations

Have you ever struggled to get students to do all the readings you assigned? Or found that some students need guidance in how to read critically? You might be surprised to know that a solution to both of these problems is online annotations. In this workshop, Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin will share his experience using open pedagogy practices, including online annotations using the free online tool, to change how your students read. Participants will discuss their own experiences in motivating readings and discussions in the classroom, and will learn how the use of an online annotation tool can:

  • foster greater participation;
  • encourage students to read closely, without skimming, all the way to the end;
  • show students with less experience how others read closely; and d) give you, the instructor, a sense of what students found interesting or confusing in the assigned texts ahead of the classroom discussions.

Presented by: Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin (Publishing@SFU)

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Digital Humanities Skills Workshop Series

The DH Skills workshop series is a partnership between the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) and SFU Library’s Research Commons and is affiliated with the University of Victoria (ETCLDHSI, and UVic Libraries) and the University of British Columbia (UBC Library and UBC Advanced Research Computing). 

The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  Links to register are included under each workshop description.  Space is limited, so make sure to register soon to ensure a space. 

Introduction to Data visualization for Humanists (using R and Gephi)

Network analysis is a powerful tool for the Digital Humanities. At once intuitive and complex, networks can operate across many levels of analysis, whether as a visualization, or a mathematical construct that can offer new information about the object of study. In this workshop, we will explore ways in which networks can be used in humanistic research. Focusing on hands-on work with two of the more powerful network creation and visualization tools, Gephi and the R package iGraph, participants will learn the basics of network analysis. Together, we will explore both effective strategies for visualization, as well as how to calculate the underlying metrics that networks make possible. No previous Digital Humanities experience is required.


This workshop will be presented by Dr. Mark Algee-Hewitt, Director of the Stanford Literary Lab and an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Stanford University. Focused primarily on Eighteenth-century aesthetic philosophy, his work combines computational analysis with literary criticism on a wide variety of genres and periods. In the Lab, he leads projects on Suspense literature, the relationship between academic writing and literature in nineteenth century novels, and the language of Identity in American fiction. He is also interested in the application of literary models to other kinds of writing, directing projects on the discourse of Environmental Science, Anthropology and Political Science.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 2200

You mean I produce data, too? Managing research objects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Since the Tri-Agencies, (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR) released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop, focusing on research objects like photos, text, audio/visual, spreadsheets and more, will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons


Past workshops