12.0068 who teaches humanities computing?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 22:24:15 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 68.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 20:13:35 +0100 (BST)
From: Dan Price <dprice@tui.edu>
Subject: Teaching and Training

Willard and others make the point that we (academic in general) need
teaching and training in regards to the topic of Computers and the

Agreed-- BUT who will do this teaching and training? AND more importantly
what will they teach? And will the course title be the same though the
contents radically different at another campus? We know pretty much what
"Intro. To Biology" looks like across the campuses. I am not at all sure
about "Computers and the Humanities."

In many ways, it seems to me, we are at a stage in which we are really
teaching and training each other-through discussions and commentaries such
as these. We have yet to sort out what is really important and what not,
what processes to use, what works best and what does not. We are still at
the first phase of defining the field to begin with. For the moment this
is fine as it seems to me that a certain patience is called for in the
sorting out of what all this is about and could possibly mean.

Personally I would love to take a course or some training in this regard
but I have the impression that we are all still at a stage of "bumping into
each other" and sharing our insights reflections without a real synthesis
coming together. It is that synthesis that would make for a course and the
intersection of that course within a recognizable field.

Maybe that is part of the problem--my trying to see how it fits into a
traditional mold with which I am comfortable and accustomed.

Perhaps then it is down the road then that we (who???) can offer such
courses and such training. Maybe in two or three years???

Dan Price, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Distance Learning
The Union Institute (800) 486 3116 ext.222
440 E McMillan St. (513) 861 6400 ext.222
Cincinnati OH 45206 FAX 513 861 9026


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