#UsingDataSets

What possibilities can you envision for using datasets, maybe beyond literature? In gaming? In soci0-cultural study?

When I saw this question my mind went blank for a little bit at first but I then remembered something I did in my Teacher Cadet experience that I used data sets for. They were used to track students progress in the classroom. I would have to input data from the tests that they were taking in order for the teacher to track growth and understand the content that she needed to teach. Certain questions aligned with literature and some aligned with mechanics and she could track the growth of the student and then also track the classroom needs. Most of the students, in the seventh grade class still struggled a little but with reading comprehension and we knew this because of the data sets we had created. It made the classroom easier to navigate because then we could pinpoint the exact needs of the individual or the group. While this isn’t exactly what we did in class I think analyzing the data sets of progression can help teachers in the classroom. Although testing the students day one is not ideal, it may help give the teacher somewhere to start and then continue to track. It also doesn’t have to be an assessment it could be a series of assignments to track and have them do the same kind of assignments throughout the term to track. I would employ it the same test at different checkpoints during the year to measure the data sets and begin to understand the student’s achievements in the class. This test is not necessarily for a grade it is for measurement purposes more of a formative assessment to address over the course of the year. Also if I find one particular student struggling I know exactly what to give them to achieve more in the classroom.

Data points are helpful tool for organization of many items and materials. I think this is more of basic way of think about datasets, and I could have possibly misinterpreted the question, but this something could, once it’s set up, be an easy tool to use in the classroom. I think the set up would take a long time just like the data set we saw in the Journal but I creating data sets can help inform the teacher on what the students need. Create a team of teachers that use the same data sets and send them to other teachers to use as the student progresses through school that way the student growth because a data set and can show students too the growth they have made in school. This could be done easily once started but creating the data set would be the difficult part.

Embarking into Digital Space

To the students enrolled in ENG 395: Digital Humanities Playground, Welcome! You are about to embark upon a truly fresh learning experience in which you’ll be encouraged to think differently, ask a lot of questions, try out new ways of representing your ideas, and above all, play. Over the next 16 weeks, you will read deeply and broadly about the genesis of the Digital Humanities, its prominent debates, and its evolution into a trending field. You’ll explore existing DH projects, some of them large, some small, some famous, some fledgling. You’ll develop skills in visualization and non-linear narrative formation. You’ll grapple with concepts like distant reading, interface theory, and tagging as cultural, political, social critique. You’ll collaborate. You’ll build something.

Our course blog is not only a space for course policies and the schedule. It is your space for writing about what you’re learning, what challenges you’re facing in working digitally, and what ideas you’re developing. It is also your space for communicating with each other through comments about these processes. Digital Humanities practitioners believe in sharing their work and ideas out in the digital open, and in this spirit, I’ve kept this site open to the public. Much of what you do in this first-ever DH course at UNC will be helpful to students in the future, not just at UNC, but at many other institutions as DH in the classroom becomes more common. So, let us embark on our digital space journey and see where we end up!

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