Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Digital Humanities Club: Weekly reflections Spring 2018

Each week Rae'Jean Spears, a graduate student working with our digital humanities club, produces reflections about the activities.

[Related: 2017 weekly reflections]

Week #3 reflection:
It was another exciting week with the weekly Digital Humanities Club. Because the students who are participating in the program have been with us for nearly five months, we are seeing ways each week to improve the individual experience of each student. This week, students were strategically paired with undergraduate students and there was a breakthrough in some of the audio produced as a result. I look forward to seeing how we continue to better understand the students so that we can ensure that they are receiving the most out of their own individual experiences.
Week #2 reflection:
This week proved to be another good week for the Digital Humanities Club. Students in the room worked on two different projects, but all had the same goal of combining audio and poetry. This week, we had students listen to other samples before beginning their own which seemed to pull out a competitive spirit in them. They worked really hard to try and “beat” what they heard and kept asking if their sound was better. We can definitely conclude that they push themselves a bit harder when it seems as if there is a competition at hand.
Week #1 reflection:
Week 1 back with the students in the Digital Humanities club went well. At first glance, it seemed as if they were quite excited about returning back for the program and it's fulfilling to know that we have created an enjoyable space for them. Also, when it came to creating mixed audio files, they all seemed to be a bit more outspoken than last semester by offering suggestions for the future. After this week's session, I'm excited to continue this semester and watch how their creative geniuses continue to grow.
The East St. Louis Digital Humanities Club Spring 2018

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