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Sample Assignment Guidelines

Published onNov 21, 2019
Sample Assignment Guidelines

Sample assignments give an overview of how specific digital humanities techniques, methods, or approaches can be practiced in classroom settings at various levels. They are intended as a resource for content and as a way of estimating the time, resources, and steps required to implement student-centered digital humanities projects from lesson planning to assessment. 

All sample assignments are peer-reviewed. Published submissions receive full attribution, and we are happy to link to further course information or assignment sites. We accept submissions from people at all levels, and from any location or institution type. You do not need to have a current academic or professional affiliation to submit an assignment, but the assignment does need to have been executed in a classroom where you were an instructor, TA, or in a similar role.

All assignments must be submitted via this form. You are welcome to submit multiple projects, but you must fill out the form separately for each project. The form includes the following questions:

Section 1

  • Email Address (of the primary submitter)

  • Author Name(s)

  • Author Email Address(es)

  • Institutional Affiliation(s) (if applicable)

  • Current role(s) or title(s) (if applicable)

  • Role(s) within the assignment (e.g. “instructor of record,” “teaching assistant,” “consultant,” etc.)

Section 2

  • Assignment Title

  • Relevant Topic Areas (you may select multiple areas from these types)

  • Is there a public website or URL that provides more information or examples of work from this project? If yes, please provide a link…

  • 1-3 Learning Objectives: What did you want students to be able to do by completing the assignment?

  • Technology-Dependent Learning Outcomes: Was there anything this assignment taught students that you felt they wouldn't have been able to learn through other types of class assignments?

  • Skill Level: What kinds of prior knowledge is necessary to complete this assignment? How do students gain this knowledge?

  • Assignment description (3-5 sentence description of the assignment, including a brief explanation of the task assigned, its subject matter, tools or techniques you used, and the outcome or assignment deliverable.)

  • Time allotted for project (preparation, class time, homework, and portion of term)

  • What kinds of support or training did you provide to help students learn to use new techniques or specialized tools?

  • Did you need any specialized equipment, tools, or human resources to make this assignment feasible? If so, please describe.

    Include programs, equipment (like computer labs or cameras), and human resources, like campus IT or library staff.

  • How did you assess or grade this project?

    For example, was there a rubric? How did you provide feedback? Were there "draft" phases or other intermediate steps where students got comments?

  • If you assigned this project again, would you change anything? If so, what?

  • Describe any trouble spots or complications someone else might want to be aware of before trying a similar assignment in a course of their own.

  • Do you have screenshots, images, diagrams, or other media you would like to include in your assignment description?

    If you select yes or maybe, we will send you a link and instructions for submitting media after your project has been reviewed.

  • Select a Creative Commons license: CC-BY, CC-0, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-ND, CC-BY-NC-ND.

The form can be edited after submission, and you will receive an email containing your submission.

If you have further questions, please contact digitalhandbook[at]duke.edu.

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