Strategic Planning Workshops
Digital Initiatives Symposium
This 3.5-hour workshop for 40 participants from multiple institutions followed design thinking principles and used a technique called “gamestorming” to develop:
- A definition of participants’ own ideal DH community of practice
- An initial list of current knowledge, skills, and interest levels at each campus
- A list of potential areas of interest to focus on (i.e., data analysis & visualization, topic modeling, GIS, multimedia publication with Omeka or Scalar, etc.)
- An initial inventory of the infrastructure needed to support the local DH community
- Ideas about how to fill gaps in that infrastructure
- A list of campus champions or potential champions and other support structures
Workshop slides, summary, and additional information is available at http://ashleyrsanders.com/buildingdhcapacity or click the image above.
The Claremont Colleges
The DH team met for a visioning and planning retreat at the end of November 2016 to craft a shared vision statement and chart a course for the remaining two and half years of the grant. I’m excited to share this vision and the process we used to develop not only the vision statement, but also plan our activities, as well as define our roles and responsibilities as team members. This clarity has already paid dividends by helping us set priorities for our busy spring 2017 semester and determine which tasks each person will carry out to fulfill our mission and enact our vision.
You can view the summary of this retreat at: http://ashleyrsanders.com/strategic-planning-for-a-dh-center/
The general planning session guided participants through the essential first steps of designing a DH center tailored to the needs and desires of Connecticut College. Participants developed:
- A vision for the Digital Humanities center and community by focusing on the low-tech and high-tech needs of the Connecticut College community
- A list of current knowledge, skills, and interest levels at their campus, as well as potential areas of interest to focus on (i.e., data analysis and visualization, topic modeling, GIS, multimedia publication with Scalar, digital exhibit-building with Omeka, etc.)
- A list of campus champions or potential champions and other support structures to give the DH/DS community the best chance to succeed
- A set of potential events, activities, and programs that the center might offer
- An outline of the structure of the center based on models and findings from the ECAR/CNI maturity framework for DH centers
California State University, Channel-Islands
This 4-hour strategic planning session drew 20 key faculty and DH stakeholders from the Center for Digital Humanities and the Library to engage in activities designed to help us envision and prepare to take the DH program to the next level. Currently, UCLA has a Digital Humanities Minor with more than 180 undergraduate students and a Graduate Certificate with more than 20 students.