FLO Lab: Digital Scholarship in Social Sciences – Exploring the Digital Humanities

About the Lab:  

This three-hour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) Lab is designed to engage post-secondary social science educators and aims to explore the concept of digital scholarship through the lens of digital humanities.   FLO Lab logo 2023

The workshop’s objective is to enhance participants’ understanding of digital literacy as outlined in British Columbia’s Digital Literacy Framework, with a focus on the critical use of digital resources in scholarship, teaching, and learning.  

A key component of the lab is the exploration of digital humanities tools, including text analysis, mapping, and data visualization. Through hands-on engagement with these tools, participants will discuss their application in social science research and teaching. This aligns with the Digital Literacy Framework’s emphasis on the practical application of digital tools and resources.   

Participants will also conceptualize a digital scholarship project relevant to their research or teaching interests. This activity encourages participants to apply their learning from the lab to their own work, fostering innovation and creativity in digital scholarship. While parts of this session might be recorded, participants are encouraged to attend all three hours to get the most out of the lab.  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand the concept of digital scholarship: participants will gain a clear understanding of what constitutes digital scholarship and its significance in the social sciences.  
  • Explore digital humanities tools: participants will learn about various digital humanities tools and resources that can be integrated into social science research and teaching. 
  • Develop digital scholarship projects: participants will conceptualize a digital scholarship project relevant to their research or teaching interests. 

Registration coming soon!

About the Facilitator:

Your FLO Facilitator for this session is Dr. Siobhán Rachel Wittig McPhee.  

Siobhán (she/her) is an associate professor of teaching at the University of British Columbia. In her role, Siobhán sees herself as an academic and an educator, dedicated to encouraging students and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed academically and in life. With an interdisciplinary background, Siobhán has the capability to explore and deliver alternative and engaging approaches to learning.   

Siobhán’s focus on teaching and learning centres around the development of online tools, activities, and experiential learning techniques. Her educational research includes location-aware technologies, augmented reality, and alternative methods of knowledge mobilization, especially with application of digital literacy and digital scholarship. Her research explores interactive, place-based digital storytelling to generate empathy and engagement in social justice issues. It is this research that Siobhán is drawing on in facilitating the FLO Lab.