Learning after THATcamp

October 9th, 2010

Once a person sees the possibilities of mixing tech & humanities what’s a realistic avenue for acquiring the skills necessary to do digital humanities projects and research? Is it worth it to go back to school for a computer science degree? What about one of the new digital humanities undergrad programs? Is open courseware/iTunesU a viable option for acquiring skills and ways of thinking? What about just jumping in with an idea?

Starting a new project with insufficient resources (like skills) can quickly get you overwhelmed/putting things on hold/walking away. DH Answers and twitter are good places to go for help but how does one become a digital humanist?

There are links between this proposal and the ones on mentoring and failure that I proposed earlier, but here I’m really asking about traditional vs. non-traditional pathways to learning.  After this weekend, how do we keep learning?

One Response to “Learning after THATcamp”

  1. Russell Horton on October 12, 2010 7:56 am

    Keep an eye on these upcoming NEH institutes:


    I attended the August institute on networks in the Humanities, hosted by Timothy Tangherlini at UCLA, and it was immensely valuable. Two weeks of fairly intensive instruction and inspiration from luminaries and coders, approaching problems from all angles of the digital and the humanistic. Really stellar stuff.

    And yes to learning to code and jumping in with an idea!

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