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Integrating Data Visualization and Digital Narrative Tools into the Classroom

A breakout session of Sparking Success: Faculty Development Conference, January 8, 2020

What is digital scholarship?

Consider the critical elements and methodological principles that qualify something as digital scholarship. Aim for it to embody these characteristics or, at least, some of them. 

Digital scholarship ... 

  • advances a scholarly argument
  • has a pedagogical aim
  • offers interpretation
  • is collaborative
  • is interdisciplinary
  • is (ideally) open access
  • is reusable (downloadable, manipulable, transformable, query-able, or similar)

A Key Question to Ask Yourself: 
Can this work be done in print? If not, how can digital methods, tools, or a project enhance your scholarship?


Before you focus on a given tool or methodology, spend time with the research question/need itself. Then, engage critically with the intersections between technology and how we act, think, and learn.

  • What new knowledge do you wish to identify, share, or construct (or have your students do so)?
  • How would you like to communicate it with others?
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