What is Digital Humanities? The better question is what isn’t Digital Humanities in electronic world that we live in today? Prior to this class I had never heard of the term Digital Humanities. Being a social studies major throughout college I had studied humanities but not in what I had perceived in the digital realm. I had been interpreting digital humanities for years without knowing the concepts name. From the readings these past two weeks I’ve gathered that there is no one true definition of Digital Humanities. A quick Google search would reveal that Digital Humanities “is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities”. However that’s not enough for the purposes of this course. Digital Humanities in a since is a multitude of subject areas that intersect with technology and the digital world. Something that is always present in our digital lives but not always noticed. Some examples might include blog, vlogs, YouTube, social media, and gaming. Not only the fields themselves but the ethics, history, culture, and science within them. It combines the methodology of traditional subjects like the social sciences, history, art, science, philosophy, and math with the tools of modern day technologies.
The next logical question is why is Digital Humanities important? Digital Humanities is important for many reasons. The world around us is constantly changing with technology as the cornerstone of this process. We need to meet the challenges that these new technologies bring in an ethical and rational way. As a teacher it is important to stay up to date with technology because it allows us to be better connected to our students and transfer knowledge easier. It also allows for better communication with students and colleagues. In addition, it allows teachers to stay up to date of current methodologies and professional development. It makes teaching a 24/7 profession and allows for more efficient data collection. Throughout this upcoming semester I hope to gain more insights into what Digital Humanities is and how it will affect our perception of this course. I am sure as we learn more this semester our definitions of Digital Humanities will continue to evolve and I excited to see where this course will take all of us.