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On marking up Henry VIII

Posted in Writing

F1-tnThis week I submitted the F1 old-spelling transcription of Henry VIII to ISE. To be specific, I submitted a light mark-up to an already thorough one undertaken by ISE’s research assistants. All of the hardcore TEI had already been done (character id’s, line numbering, indication of long s’s, and much more); I was responsible for going through the file, adding stage directions and props, identifying verse or prose mode where I could, things like that. It was one of those projects that made me grateful for my dual monitor set-up: I had the file open in Oxygen on one monitor and the F1 facsimile open in the other.

The Quick Write and the Coke Machine …

Posted in Digital Pedagogy, Teaching, and Writing

… or, How I Learned to Love the Google Doc

Google Drive image, from Google website
Google Drive image, from Google website

This semester the subject of my English 1102 course is “The Rhetoric of Digital Media and Interaction Design.” I’ve wanted to teach this for a while: not only does it allow me to flex my DH muscles in a way I haven’t in the last few semesters, but I also believe there is a real need for Georgia Tech students to understand how and why they respond to digital media and how they can become better developers of well-crafted software.

Early indicators suggest that I’ve struck a nerve. This is the first semester I haven’t lost a single student in the drop/add period and I’m still getting emails asking if I’ll consider a course override. Several students have come up to me at the end of class and actually squee’d – something I haven’t experienced at GT at the start of Shakespeare-related courses. I’m working to incorporate as many meta-lessons as possible, encouraging students to break the tools and texts we’re using. And so the breaking has begun.