Early on in the term I spent a couple weeks working on class handouts for PSYC 384, providing examples for ways the students can reimagine the class’s usual final project to be a digital endeavor. When the class was in person, students would create games that demonstrate how prejudice works and ways to combat bias.
I had so much fun coming up with different ways of creating digital game boards and playing with online tools as we made examples for the PSYC class. I learned how to use Twine, a site where you can build choose-your-own-adventure stories. Marcella and I enjoyed writing a Twine story example about Star-Bellied Sneetches so that it would fit into the class theme of reducing prejudice. We were really able to play around and be creative with this project, which goes to show just how many possibilities the digital humanities can offer classroom settings and beyond.
I particularly enjoyed being a visitor in the PSYC 384 class because we were able to describe all the work we did and share the ideas we had come up with for games they could make. It was also great to simply see the faces of everyone who would be using the materials Marcella and I put together for the class. It’s the smaller things like this that I am appreciating this term.
After last Spring Term when I had to figure out how to turn my Dance Comps performance into a digital production, I got used to being outside of my technological comfort zone. I never considered myself particularly tech-y, but because I was put in a position where I had to teach myself new skills, I knew I wanted to find out more. Hence, I applied to be a DHA and wow, have I learned a lot this term.
Much of what I worked on during Fall Term, whether it was a project or general housekeeping items, had to do with WordPress. When I logged onto the DHA Blog WordPress site last week and saw my introduction post from September, it dawned on me that back then I did not understand how to use WordPress at all. Although at the time I was able to create a post with relative ease, I didn’t even realize that I was editing the backend of the site!
I have to credit Miyuki and Luna for all the help I got from them in learning more than just the basics of WordPress. Miyuki and I spent some time finding and fixing broken links on the Carleton DHA site and it was here that I got a hang of going into a certain page to edit it. Then I was able to work with Luna and Marcella on a faculty WordPress project. This was exciting because the bits and pieces I had picked up in the weeks prior really came together. I finally understood the different editing techniques WordPress offers and I feel much more confident in my abilities now.
It was a (surprisingly) good term (given the circumstances) and I’m excited to see what winter brings!
Hi! My name is Karah (she/her) and I am excited to start working with you all. I am a senior Environmental Studies and Dance double major. I am from Rapid City, SD, but I am studying remotely from Boulder, CO this term. I love dogs, hiking, and I play the violin.