Sandbox

Throughout the course we will be modeling and experimenting with a variety of tools and platforms. You will need a Google or Google accessible account to access our course calendar and documents. In addition, here is a list of freely available tools with which you can develop your projects, assignments, and syllabi. Most require creation of a username and password.

Please note that this is a starting point, based on solutions that are freestanding and do not require individual database creation or extensive IT support. We will add to this list as the course unfolds.

First, an excellent article (just published to coincide with this workshop) that offers a nice overview for how to get started:

Some online communities you might join in order to get ideas, challenge your thinking, find collaborators, share your work:

Then, some tools with a very short learning curve to get students or fellow faculty playing within minutes:

And some more tools, most of which are also relatively easy to learn in an afternoon:

Finally, Project Bamboo has created Bamboo DIRT “a tool, service, and collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.” (Project Bamboo website)

If you’re a self-tutor, or want to point students or colleagues at a really good training resource, check out lynda.com. Lynda.com is a subscription-based service that offers intensive training modules for a remarkable number of tools and tasks.

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