In collaboration with UCLA’s DH program leadership, we redesigned the curriculum to address challenges that our undergraduate students identified in navigating the Minor. Most of our upper-division courses were coded as DH 150, which made it difficult for students to know which topics would be offered each quarter and to plan their path through the Minor. Distinguishing the advanced topic courses also offers a better sense of the breadth of experience and expertise of our faculty and the program, itself. Since the program has grown significantly in the past few years, we have struggled to offer enough Research Capstones as DH 199s because they were limited to just 7 students each, so we created a new seminar course (DH 187) that can seat up to 25 students.
This 45-minute presentation provides participants with a road map for planning a course that incorporates, or is built around, a digital humanities project. In this talk, I cover the basics of backward design, how to stage a digital humanities project, choose a project stage for course integration, and scaffold the necessary knowledge and skills for students to successfully complete the assigned portion of the DH project. Each step includes practical examples of best practices and lessons learned from other DH projects. [Static slides are available below the video.]