A little more than a decade ago, when I was working on my “electronic edition” of Cædmon’s Hymn, I developed a formulation that I have since come (only semi-jokingly) to consider something of a law about the use of computing in the Humanities:
The application of computation to humanities problems inevitably requires an examination of first principles.
What I mean by this is that you can never just copy a technique from the pre-digital humanities into the digital space. If you try, you will inevitably find yourself thinking before long about fundamental questions of why, what, and how: why you want to do whatever it is you are doing, what it actually is that you are trying to accomplish, and how the thing you are trying to accomplish actually does what it is you think it does.
- What do we know
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- That we do better than other demographics?
- That other demographics do better than us?
Read J. A. Burrow, Medieval writers and their work: Middle English literature and its background 1100-1500 and write a brief essay discussing some aspect of high Medieval English life, art, or culture that intrigues you. This might involve
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This blog is about resolving an issue I had after installing Cisco Anyconnect, the U of L’s VPN client.
This is an aide memoire for me, but might be useful to others. The information comes from, with the first being most useful for this particular case:
- http://askubuntu.com/questions/3518/connecting-to-vpn-prevents-access-to-normal-web-sites Read the rest of this entry »
I increasingly use posters in my classes as a way of encouraging collaboration and the development of a research community.
Although posters have long been used in the Natural Sciences, some Social Sciences, and the Digital Humanities, they are only beginning to appear in more traditional humanities disciplines.
This post provides some resources for discovering how to design posters and explains my general policies.
How to make posters
Although students make posters throughout Grade School, Middle School, and High School, research posters of the kind used at University are slightly different in format and design. Read the rest of this entry »
In many of my courses you will be expected to maintain a blog. Postings will be required from you most weeks. And every so often you may be asked to review and/or comment on your blog postings and those of your class mates.
The following are some general notes on how I use blogs in my classes and what you will be expected to do. These notes are to be read on conjunction with the class syllabus, which may include additional instructions, rules, expectations, or limitations.
This is the syllabus for English 3901: History of the English Language.
I use several different types of grading in my courses. This post explains what they are and how they work.
A+ through F (Grade Point)
This is the traditional grading system used at North American Universities. I use this system primarily for grading summative exercises (i.e. Read the rest of this entry »
English 3401 introduces students to the study of Middle English literature (i.e. literature from roughly the twelfth through the end of the fifteenth centuries). The course is a companion to English 3601 Chaucer, and so this course concentrates on literature by authors other than Chaucer.
The following are my current academic policies. This site also contains older versions of these and other academic policies. Only the policies listed on this page are current, however.
This page and the pages it links to are considered a part of your syllabus. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
- Appealing a Grade
- Asking me for a letter of recommendation
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Assignments are due at the date and time specified on the syllabus or discussed in class (Not attending class is not an excuse for failing to keep up to date on due dates). Unless I specifically note otherwise, however, you can almost always take a few extra hours without asking permission.
If you need a long extension than this, you should ask. As long as I haven’t started marking the exercise, I am usually fine with granting extensions. I am less able to accommodate extensions after I have begun marking the assignment.
If you are sick, have a family emergency, or face some other crisis, I am almost always willing to grant an extension. While I prefer to know in advance, I can accept retroactive requests when the nature of the emergency requires it. I do not normally need a doctor’s note or other evidence, though I reserve the right to ask. Read the rest of this entry »