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Jewell, Andrew, and Elizabeth Lorang. "Teaching Digital Humanities through a Community-Engaged, Team-Based Pedagogy." Paper presented at Digital Humanities 2016, Krakow, Poland, July 2016.
Through a focus on the Digital Humanities Practicum course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), this paper explores two areas of current--and recurrent--interest in digital humanities teaching and learning: DH pedagogy in the undergraduate classroom and DH and "skills training." While the presentation emphasizes particulars of the course, including its design, what has worked well, and what we are still learning, we also want to think beyond the single course and prompt further discussion around several themes, including team-based problem-solving and connecting digital humanities with community-engaged learning. Ultimately, we argue that a team-based, community-engaged approach can be an effective strategy for teaching digital humanities practice to students. Furthermore, we believe that this approach can powerfully illustrate the societal benefit of humanities-centered approaches to problem-solving. Students in the Digital Humanities Practicum course get an opportunity to work together creatively, analyze a problem and conceive a solution, build something, and have a positive impact on their community.