Thursday, November 9, 2017
Digital Humanities Club: Week 9
For this week's session, we did additional audio editing work. We concentrated on creating audio files that blended various clips of black women poets reading their works.
I encouraged my undergraduates to become more active editors this week. In the past, I think they gave the students free reign on their audio productions. However, I informed the team leaders that they might offer increased levels of feedback on what the high school students were creating.
Increased feedback, I'm thinking, will assist the students in raising the quality of their productions. In addition, reminding them that what they would produce would be for actual audiences would also be important.
As I observed the work that they were doing together, I noticed more interventions on the part of the team leaders. Those interventions seemed to strengthen the productions. And more, it gave the high school students a clearer sense that we were all invested in what they were creating.
At one point, a team leader asked me how to complete a task using Audacity. A high school student was sitting between the undergrad and I when I responded. The high school student said, "it's like we're all learning together." Exactly, I said. Exactly.
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