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Closing seminar for the Digital Literacy course at Aarhus University

More data and new skills

A day with presentations of projects and discussions of support and teaching has marked the closing of the Digital Literacy course at Arts, Aarhus University.

The competency development course Digital Literacy at the faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, closed with a seminar on March 27, 2019. The course began in February 2018 and has involved seminars on different topics within the field of Digital Humanities as well as practical courses in Nvivo, statistics and Geographical Information Systems.

The closing seminar was well attended by representatives from the University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University, The Royal Danish Library, IT-Vest and CUDiM besides course participants and support staff from Aarhus University.

Vice-dean of education at Arts Niels Overgaard Lehmann opened the seminar, expressing the success of the course, before head of Digital Arts Initiative and coordinator of Digital Literacy, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, described the many elements of the course and how they relate to the needs in humanities’ engagement with new collections of data.

An ending and a beginning

The seminar marked a closing, but at the same time, a great amount of attention was centered on the future. A new Center for Computational Humanities Aarhus, led by Kristoffer Nielbo, is being opened at Aarhus University. The aim of the new center is to provide an adaptive research and development unit that supports and intervenes in humanities research through collaborative development and at the same time ensures that scientific developers and research software engineers have a career path within the organisation.

The new center sparked a debate about support structure while the integration of digital methods in teaching also was discussed during the day. Besides the debates, several presentations were held by the course participants of Digital Literacy on very different topics: an analysis of Danish sermons, automated analysis of student texts, self-regulated learning, anthropomorphism, Twitter analysis, analysis of audio and radio, the concept of Kvinde and Newspapers, and the historical development of tracking and e-commerce technologies on the Danish Web.

The competency development course was the first of its kind, but it is very likely that a second round of the course will run – either at Aarhus University or as a national cooperated course.

Be inspired by the participants’ DIGITAL JOURNEYS

Are you interested in learning more about the research projects from the Digital Literacy course?

Take a look at these inspirational cases that give insight into the participants’ digital journeys through (and beyond) the course, their research project and the digital directions of their field.

Anne Sørensen

History researcher at the School of Communication and Culture

Tracing Cold War perceptions of nuclear weapons in Denmark through distant (and close) reading

Janne Nielsen

Assistant professor at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies

Investigating the historical development of tracking and e-commerce technologies on the Danish Web

Stay tuned!

More cases will be published.

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