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Join the DH CaféDigital Pedagogy Series this fall!

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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 DH Café theme for Fall 2017 is Digital Pedagogy. Join us throughout the fall in exploring the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning.  Workshops include:

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

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

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

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

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.


Fall 2017

Registration information

The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  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. The workshops are also affiliated with KEY, SFU's Big Data Initiative.