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Fall 2022: Classes meet T H 1:35 - 2:50pm in Kochel 77.

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Week 1Class topicsDo before class

T 08-23

  • Welcome! Introduction to the course.
  • Introduce Tech Academy module
  • About the concept of Open Annotation and the tool that we will experiment with together:
  • Set up accounts and join our private class Group
  • Launch first Annotation Assignment

H 08-25

  • Discussion building on annotations: Slow computing while in university.
  • Things your computer conceals from you
  • Introduce Dear Data
Read and annotate the two PDF chapters available in Kitchin and Fraser's Slow Computing: "Living Digital Lives" and "Coda: Slow Computing during a Pandemic"
Week 2Class topicsDo before class

T 08-30

Discussion / hands-on exercise on Dear Data. Longer-range challenge on personal data collection and visualization
  • View videos and images of the Dear Data Project
  • Discussion Exercise (Canvas) Before class, take three screen captures of three hand-crafted/humanized data visualizations from anywhere on this site (including video content) that particularly struck you. In your discussion post post the images and comment on what is being shown and why does it seem memorable?

H 09-01

  • Discussion of Warsame reading/annotations, time, space, data
  • View / discuss Library of Missing Datasets.
  • Hand-crafted data viz workshop. Organizing daily data in Google Sheets
Week 3Class topicsDo before class

T 09-06

  • Introduce VAR lab activity next week.
  • Discussion: data non-neutrality / data ethics / data justice / data visceralization.
  • Hands-on Matrix of Technological Domination exercise

Read and annotate The Power Chapter from Data Feminism

H 09-08

Launch Comparative Website Development module

  • Build from Tech Academy start on PSU Wordpress blog site
  • Orientation to PSU Wordpress and Penn State web hosting services.
  • Changing from a standard blog to a website with pages:
    • Pages vs. Posts
    • Planning a site menu for multiple pages
  • Images and links in Wordpress
  • Where's the code? (Code view)
  • Site development assignment for next week

Special guest: Marcus Jakobs on Behrend's VAR Lab, VAR Edu, and VAR exercise for next week

Work on "Dear Data: Your Week of Visualization" assignment (due Friday by 11:59pm)

Work on Tech Academy module (due today by 11:59pm)

Week 4Class topicsDo before class

T 09-13

[Dr. B is in England for the TEI Conference]: No class meeting.

This week: Visit VAR Edu and work on Website Development assignments in Canvas.

Complete the Penn State Academic Integrity Tutorial and upload your certificate (in Canvas)

H 09-15

[Dr. B is in England for the TEI Conference]. No class meeting. VAR activity this week.
  • Complete Website Development activities due this week
    • Create/work with your website account at (PSU Wordpress)
    • On the Wordpress site, orient yourself to how pages and images are added and arranged. Begin adding and organizing your site content.
    • Develop content for resumes and other required portions of the Comparative Web Development Assignment
  • Complete VAR Lab Exercise (VAR lab visit/activity + discussion)
Week 5Class topicsDo before class

T 09-20

  • Discussion of VAR and Website activities.
  • Launch HTML elements tutorial
  • Introducing git and GitHub / GitHub Pages.

H 09-22

HTML / CSS. File management for organizing a website Complete Git/GitHub Orientation: stage 1 Comparative Website Development: GitHub Pages development
Week 6Class topicsDo before class

T 09-27

Git and GitHub Complete git and GitHub orientation and setup assignments

H 09-29

HTML elements and website architecture; configuring GitHub Pages, file associations Push files to your website using git commands
Week 7Class topicsDo before class

T 10-04

Workshopping and troubleshooting site development: CSS, pointing to files, GitHub repo organization Develop content for your site: images and pages and css

H 10-06

GitHub Pages workshopping: CSS for layouts, flex displays Develop more content and styling; work on layout for the site.
Week 8Class topicsDo before class

T 10-11

Introduce distant reading: Voyant Tools exercise. Experimenting with texts posted in introDH-Hub.

H 10-13

  • Introduce n-gram analysis with Antconc. Review and continue experiments with Voyant Tools.
  • Exploring corpus concordances with Voyant and AntConc. Introduce the Corpus Analysis Assignment
  • Antconc / Voyant assignment: mystery text assignment and discussion on introDH-Hub
  • Comparative Web Development Assignment: Complete content development on both sites. Revise content, formatting, styling with accessibility in mind.
Week 9Class topicsDo before class

T 10-18

  • Cleaning the text data: preparing plain text files to remove material not meant for analysis.
  • Exploring Keyword in Context (KWIC) with Voyant and ngrams. Finding patterns and exploring them. What kinds of comparisons can we make?
  • Continue exploring text data for the Corpus Analysis Assignment. Take screen captures as you explore comparing texts posted on the assignment. (You may also try cleaning up some text files you find of interest on Project Gutenberg: find a text and look for a download option of Plain Text to save the file to work with, and be sure to cut off the lengthy Project Gutenberg boilerplate from the top and bottom of the file.
  • Be sure that your files are saved with a .txt

H 10-20

Large corpus text sampling: how do we read and understand data from a distance? ...
Week 10Class topicsDo before class

T 10-25

Workshop/Discuss corpus analysis drafts Prepare a rough draft of your Corpus Analysis post to workshop and review.

H 10-27

Introduce Space Time Mapping. Structuring data in Google Sheets for TimeMaps: Launch TimeMapper Exercise: Plotting time and space
Week 11Class topicsDo before class

T 11-01

TimeMapper Exercise: Plotting time and space. Incorporating image media and media credits. Troubleshooting dates and location markers.

H 11-03

  • Discussion / Workshop with Land-Grab Universities maps and data.
GIS reading: Robert Lee and Tristan Ahtone, Land-Grab Universities
Week 12Class topicsDo before class

T 11-08

  • Timemapper debugging and help. Embedding TimeMap on your website.
  • Introduce secondary worlds and game analysis unit.
Complete TimeMapper Assignment and post to your website

H 11-10

Revisit and introduce networks, working with Salman Rushdie and Haroun and the Sea of Stories Annotate systematically as a class with Start Haroun and the Sea of Stories, through Ch. 4. [TBD: Exercise to coordinate group tagging for visualizing as a network]
Week 13Class topicsDo before class

T 11-15

Discussion of Rushdie, censorship in Haroun, what happened at Chautauqua Continue annotating Haroun and the Sea of Stories, through Ch. 8

H 11-17

Finish Haroun and the Sea of Stories; complete annotations and Kumu network
Week 14: Thanksgiving

Sun 11-20 - Sat 11-26

Thanksgiving Holiday Have a peaceful and productive week!
Week 15Class topicsDo before class

T 11-29

  • Critiquing a game and analyzing for user experience
  • Avatars and secondary worlds
Game Analysis Assignment:
  • Complete phase 1 (note-taking stage) on your game, and post a copy of your notes on Canvas. Take descriptive notes on game setting, characters, themes
  • Collect, file, and organize screen captures from your game.

H 12-01

Discussion of Game Analysis drafts. Introduce Creative Commons: Remediation, Remixing Copyright, Creative Commons Prepare a first draft of your Game Analysis on your website.
Week 16Class topicsDo before class

T 12-06

Class Exercise: Readings and Discussion: Remixing, Copyright, and Creative Commons. . Work on network for Game Analysis Assignment

H 12-08

Last Day! Workshop Game Analysis Review drafts / networks
  • If applicable to your work, choose a Creative Commons license for resources you are sharing on your website. Cite and credit resources that are not yours.
  • Game Analysis Assignment: Rough draft of second Game Analysis: Include direct links to the game resources you are reviewing on
Finals Week (12/12 - 12/16)Do before class

T 12-13

Complete Final Assignment: Game Analysis