Introducing Research and Collaboration Methods to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Essentially, I'm designing a research methods class / workshop for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers that introduces them to the many rich digital tools available to the humanities. The aim, however, is not to diminish the importance of text-only papers or books in favor of showstoppers filled with links and videos. Rather, the goal is to help students, teachers, and researchers at different levels and across the broad field of the humanities to explore various online research, project development, and publishing options for scholarly works, ranging from short and long-form text-based productions to efforts that interact with images, videos, and databases. Many humanities students and scholars have produced remarkable research projects using digital tools and platforms. Others, however, have yet to embark on a single project for many reasons, including a lack of training and/or resources and support, fear of technology, and feeling overwhelmed by all the options.
In addition to being a straightforward research methods class or workshop, the material I’m developing could be implemented in a literature or composition class and other humanities classes. I seek to establish guidelines, expectations, and training for developing research skills that take advantage of online digital tools, databases, and repositories. Discussion of fair use, plagiarism, and assessment is also important. The creation of multimedia research projects (using platforms such as Prezi, Scalar, and Sophie) will be encouraged that allow interaction between text and image, allow for unique tag creation by the author, allow for nonlinear reasoning and presentation, and encourage collaboration. An important goal is to take scholarship and make it dynamic while at the same time preserving what’s still useful and powerful about writing, presenting and/or publishing a traditional research paper. Students will gain valuable practical and critical skills to prepare them for writing a senior thesis, a dissertation, a research proposal, or embark on future collaborative projects.
I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has had experience in creating or taking such class, and ways to approach it.



Kinds of collaborators
Individual/small group
Graduate students
Undergraduate students
IT staff
Contact person
Help needed

Source material
Critical Commons, Project Gutenberg