More Than Just Me

Humanités_NumériquesSo two things happened: the first of which I’ll summarize, and the second of which I’ll write about. I have to leave to pick my daughters up in 15 minutes or so, and I include that simply to remind myself, and anyone who reads, that while my digital identity may appear crafted as posts, they are really just like many things we do–swatches of thought between places and people.

First, the ed tech meeting referenced in my last post was, in short, horrifying. A group of edupreneurs want to help us standardize our teaching in order to sell “scale” it and make online classes as task-oriented and submission-based as possible. shudder

More importantly, a student stops by my office today. She has not been in one of my classes before, but she is someone who works in information technology and has experience with data science and computing.

She has heard that I do work with digital humanities in my classes. This interests her because it merges interests that she previously assumed were separate.

She says, “this sounds so much better than what I was doing before.” I want to tell her, it is.

So now she is going to register for the course I’m teaching next semester called “Experimental Literature and Introduction to Digital Humanities.”

Regardless of what the skeptics say, student interest in digital humanities work and thought is real, and this is where our digital identities intersect. Am I just “a teacher” with a whole identity? Am I a face-to-face teacher and a digital teacher?

Whatever the answer, I realize that any conception I have of my “digital identity” is now embedded with my professional identity, a fact that presents me with a lot of responsibility and moral obligation.

I have to always be conscious of the fact that I can never just do the digital without talking about the digital. I can never turn my students into what the million plus (?) students locked in LMS systems are: consumers. If students are going to transfer digital experiences into employment of some kind then they must always, while students, be producers, makers, breakers, and remakers.

“Use” and “Knowledge” are not synonymous.

Terms of service are a way of life.