What we mean by “digital liberal arts”
We use “digital liberal arts” as an umbrella term covering digital approaches to pedagogy and scholarship, in particular where they reflect and enhance the international inflections of liberal arts practiced at our institutions. Our use of this term includes digital humanities, digital literacies, and the use of technology to enable new forms of interdisciplinary scholarship or pedagogy.
Example initiatives and projects
We are interested in supporting a wide range of initiatives: from individual digital projects, to course redesigns with elements of digital literacy or scholarship, to campus-wide curricular initiatives involving digital literacies, pedagogy or scholarship.
Here are some projects we have supported (as of Nov 2021):
- A digital history of Hausa narratives in a multilingual translation project across borders (collaboration between teams at Franklin University & American University of Nigeria).
- Collaborating on a Digital Cultures course to redesign syllabus, create rubrics, present lectures, and offer feedback on final digital projects to students (consultation between the Mellon Fellow and faculty at the American University of Central Asia).
- Student-led peer interviews between Europe and the Arab World (collaboration between teams at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and the American University of Paris).
- Italian-American digital oral histories (faculty-technologist-librarian collaboration at John Cabot University)
- Course module combining library special collections with curating online exhibits (library-faculty collaboration at Al Akhawayn University)
- Incorporate digital methods in an Academic Travel course (library-technologist-faculty collaboration at Franklin University)
- Projects related to the Kyrgyz oral epic “Manas,” including both digital pedagogy and scholarship, as well as the development of a website and app to facilitate study of the epic (faculty-IT-library collaboration at the American University of Central Asia).
- Use of digital methods and tools in liberal education courses (faculty-library collaboration at American College of Greece).
- 3D modelling projects involving local cultural heritage (faculty-library collaborations at American University of Central Asia).
You can also find a longer list of members’ digital projects, and smaller projects and course interventions have also been presented at AMICAL Conferences over the years.