DLAC provides support, expertise, and resources that enable the College to strive toward a culture that apprehends the learning potential afforded by technologies, one in which faculty feel emboldened to experiment and play, in which students feel empowered with new skills, and in which all understand their ethical responsibilities as both digital citizens and members of a liberal arts community.

Miriam Posner’s (Assistant Professor of Information Studies, UCLA) “How did they make that?” blog post is a useful starting place for considering the range of projects that can exist within the umbrella of digital liberal arts. In the blog post, she outlines project stages for creating the following  types of digital projects:

  • A gallery of primary sources
  • A digital scholarly edition
  • A mapping project
  • A network visualization
  • Computer-aided text analysis
  • A historical 3D model
  • A longform, media-rich narrative

Other types of digital projects happening at Grinnell include digital storytelling and podcasting.

Posner also provides a list of questions for evaluating existing digital projects, but an adapted version of those questions can also be useful in figuring out goals and approaches for a teaching or research project.

  • Can you describe this project in one sentence?
  • What sources is it using?
  • Does it have an argument?
  • What types of technology does it use?
  • What additional resources does the project require (software, website, additional expertise, etc.)?
  • Who is the audience for the project, and how does the project reach that audience?

The Digital Resource Tools website (DiRT) is a resource that lets you search for available digital tools based on what type of data you are analyzing, as well as what digital approach or methodology you want to employ.

The Programming Historian website offers a wide range of tutorials for learning more about the available open-source digital tools.

Miriam Posner also has an online “Highly Opinionated Resource Guide” that provides a detailed overview of tools, tutorials, and digital projects.

Northwestern University’s Knight Lab is a digital scholarship center that has developed a range of digital tools that can help you  to create interactive data visualizations like timelines and maps with minimal technical knowledge or back-end coding.


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