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#SB2: Expanding Communities of Practice Pedagogy Showcase
Wednesday, 24/Jul/2019:
1:45pm - 3:15pm

Session Chair: Lisa Marie Rhody
Location: Salon 2 & 3, Grand Ballroom, Marriott City Center
capacity 108

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Expanding Communities of Practice Through Digital Humanities Research Institutes

Lisa Marie Rhody1, Kalle Westerling1, Rico Chapman2, Andrea Davis3, Dianne Fallon4, Amy Gay5, Daniel Johnson6, Rafia Mirza7, Sarah Noonan8, Alicia Peaker9, Rosin Torres-Medina10, Jojo Karlin1, Patrick Smyth1, Stephen Zweibel1

1The Graduate Center, CUNY, United States of America; 2Clark Atlanta University; 3Arkansas State University; 4York County Community College; 5Binghampton University, SUNY; 6University of Notre Dame; 7Southern Methodist University; 8St. Mary's College; 9Bryn Mawr College; 10Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico

This alternative format session takes an intentionally interactive approach to sharing the Expanding Communities of Practice ( project, an NEH-funded institute and scalable model for improving access to learning DH research methods. We will present our open-access curriculum and offer recommendations for replicating DHRI institutes across organizational and geographic contexts. Ideally 75 minutes long, the session is divided into 3 parts: an overview [20 minutes], demonstrations [35 minutes], and a Q&A [20 minutes].

DHRI is a community-driven network of DH institutes designed to meet humanists where they are. Recognizing that austerity measures have constricted travel and budgets for faculty / staff development, DHRI invited applications from those tasked with DH community-building to participate in a 10-day “train the trainer” institute, providing participants with training, a model curriculum, dedicated support, and funding. We received 134 applications for 16 available seats. Our session will make desired resources more readily available to those who could not attend.

In June 2018, participants ( from various humanities organizations (community colleges, HBCUs, museums, libraries, research universities, and liberal arts colleges) attended the DHRI at the Graduate Center, CUNY ( The curriculum (, based on GC Digital Initiatives Digital Research Institute ( and largely developed by the GC Digital Fellows (, includes an open-source guide (available on GitHub) that foregrounds foundational technical knowledge translatable to many DH research projects and represents of our belief that equitable, inclusive DH learning environments assume no prior technical knowledge and value all participants’ experience and domain expertise.

During 2018-9, participants will lead local institutes based on the DHRI model and prepare white papers with lessons learned. Our ACH session will make available 2 year’s culminated effort: a revised curriculum and guides and recommendations for implementation based on participants’ local institutes and feedback.

In part one of the session, the Project Director and Institute Coordinator will overview DHRI’s pedagogical values—building community-centered approaches to learning. They will introduce, DHRI’s core faculty and fellows and local institute leaders.

In part two, interactive demonstrations by DHRI participants present local institutes with sample curriculum modifications, required resources, staffing, and logistics through show and tell, reflections, video interviews, and qualitative surveys. DHRI faculty and fellows will demonstrate the curriculum, reflect on a “train the trainer” approach, and share documentation. Conference goers will circulate the room, interact with faculty and participants, and submit questions.

Part three’s moderated discussion will be framed by questions collected from ACH attendees and include DHRI participants, faculty, and the audience. The session addresses needs of administrators who want to offer DH research training, emerging DH scholars who seek to learn new skills, and experienced DH practitioners seeking to participate in our growing network of institute leaders.

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