Course Details

Basic Information:

  • HIST 479-800 Public History New Media/ DIGH 400-001 Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • Instructor: Prof. Kyle B. Roberts (
  • Fall 2017
  • Th: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
  • Classroom: Mundelein 706 (Mac Lab) and Mundelein 611 (seminar room)
  • Office: Crown Center 525 and CTSDH
  • Office hours: Mondays, 10-11:30 (CTSDH); 2:00-4:00 pm (Crown Center)

Course Requirements:

The course requirements and their percentage of the final grade are:

  • Weekly blog posts and digital exercises (40%)
  • A group final project which includes a proposal and prototype for one of the class’s four clients (40%)
  • Class participation, which includes posting comments on classmate’s blogs (20%)

The group final projects must be ready for an in-class critique on December 1st.  You can submit the project then, or you can incorporate the feedback and submit it no later than the Sunday before exam week, December 11th.


The following texts can be found for rental or purchase at the University Bookstore in the Granada Center on Sheridan Road.  Copies have been placed on reserve in Cudahy Library.

  • Bryan Alexander, The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media – Revised and Updated Edition (Praeger, 2017; ISBN 9781440849602)
  • Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, Digital history: a guide to gathering, preserving, and presenting the past on the Web (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006; ISBN: 9780812219234) not ordered through the bookstore – use online edition.
  • Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B Pingree, New Media: 1740-1915 (Cambridge and London: MIT Press, 2004; ISBN 9780262572286)
  • Steven E Jones, The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (New York: Routledge, 2014; 9780415635516)
  • Jane Monson, Getting Started with Digital Collections: Scaling to Fit Your Collections  (Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2017; 9780838915431)
  • Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair. Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities (Cambridge  Mass.: MIT Press, 2016; 9780262034357)


Weekly blog posts should be between 500 and 750 words. Posts can, of course, be longer if necessary. Blog writing tends to be a different beast than paper writing. Part of your work this semester is finding your voice – one that is scholarly and informed, but one that is also accessible and enjoyable to read. It can take some work to hit the right balance, but I am sure you can all do it. It should go without saying to proofread your posts before uploading!(Resources for blogging here.)

As the digital humanities is inherently collaborative, so you, too, will work collaboratively in this class. I encourage you to comment on other classmate’s posts each week. This can be a post from the previous week that you want to continue the discussion on, or one from this week that interests you. So that we can all read and comment on each other’s work, let’s have blog posts up by 10 pm Monday evening.

Your blog is your calling card to the world. You should feel free to expand it with other posts, links, information, etc that you find about the topics at hand.  Embrace it!

Google Drive

This class will utilize Google Drive primarily for feedback and group work.  If you do not wish to access Google Drive via your LUC email account, please email Dr Roberts your preferred email address. (Many people prefer to use a gmail account to access Google Drive.) Students should familiarize themselves with Google Drive if they are not so already. (For more information, click here.)

Classroom Etiquette:

Please be respectful and courteous of each other (and the instructor) at all times. In our search for truth, it is important to be able to ask tough questions and to suggest difficult answers on sensitive topics. Key to this is feeling comfortable, so please refrain from any behavior that would upset that balance.


Students who need accommodations should meet with the professor within the first two weeks of the semester.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. All work turned in for a grade is to be your own.  Plagiarism includes passing off someone else’s ideas as your own, copying someone else’s work without proper citation, using purchased papers, and cheating on exams. If you engage in academic dishonesty you will receive a grade of “F” for the examination or assignment and a letter, detailing the event, will be placed in your permanent file in the Dean’s office.

For further information about academic dishonesty see the current Undergraduate Studies Catalog. If you are unclear about what constitutes plagiarism, please ask. The English department has a useful and thorough discussion on its website.


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