Course Requirements

Most readings and course material will be made available to students by the instructor in a free or open access format.

Resources: Students are encouraged to bring personal laptops and or tablets for class meetings and to have those available. Students are required to maintain online access and resources are available on campus to facilitate students who do not have unlimited access at home.

Grading/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance and Participation 150 points
DH Project Reviews 150 points
Blog Writing Exercise 200 points
 Project Contribution Summary 100 points
 Final Project – Digital 300 points
Final Project Presentation 100 points
 TOTAL 1000 points


Weekly blog entries

 A WordPress blog will be set up for the course. Students are required to submit reading summaries of approximately 300 words each (no more than 500 words) to the blog by each Sunday at  9 p.m. See grading rubric below.

Blog Grading Rubric

In the field of digital humanities and other disciplines, many scholars, researchers and teachers often collaborate and share ideas on best practices about conducting research and teaching college students. Much of my own training in the digital humanities began with collaboration via email, Twitter, Hangouts, and formal and informal conferences with mentors, colleagues and peers. The blog grading rubric is one of the many gems I’ve been able to adopt and adapt from my experience in scholarly communication – one of the key aspects of digital humanities practice. I borrow it from Mark Sample’s A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs and have used it for a number of semesters, with amendments to the scoring. Here are the key points that will matter to you and your weekly blogging exercise this semester:




Exceptional. The blog post is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The post demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.


Satisfactory. The blog post is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The post reflects moderate engagement with the topic.


Underdeveloped. The blog post is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic.


Limited. The blog post is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.


 Minimal. The blog post consists of one or two disconnected sentences. It does not address relevant topics to the week’s discussion or is incoherent and plagued with writing errors.

For our purposes in HIS 115, I will give scores from 0-20. The numbers indicated here are meant to guide you on the expectations for writing the blog. Some of your blog entries will be more free form than others and that will be taken into account. But in general, you are expected to submit thoughtful and well-written material to your site in order to generate productive discussion among classroom peers and a wider public.

All blog posts must be submitted by Monday at 8:00 p.m. local time. Your first blog will be due February 4 and will be based on Week 1 readings. Students are also expected to comment on a classmate’s blog by the Wednesday of each week, following their post. Your response should be much shorter than your original post, but should reflect that you have read the post and understood the class discussion on that Monday. Note that you should comment on a blog post that does not already have a comment. Comments are not assigned. You respond on a first-come first-serve basis.

DH Project Reviews

You will complete a review of each of the following:

  • One digital humanities project from an available list
  • One digital humanities project by Create Caribbean available at the Projects page
  • One summary and analysis of an archival scavenger hunt.

Each piece should be 500-700 words. A separate and detailed prompt will be posted in the Google Classroom space for each assignment. Each review will be worth 50 points.

Project Contribution Summary 

  • This should be a 500 – 700 word report on your contributions made to the Carisealand project during the course of the semester and your reflection on what you have learned about digital humanities and Caribbean history and culture from the project. The report is due on the last day of classes. All essays should be uploaded to the Google classroom space.

Final Project 

  • All items, collections, exhibits and simple pages relevant to your project should be posted on our project site by this date and time. Your project grade will be based on information posted at that time. Any changes made to the site after this date without the prior permission of the instructor will result in a grade of F on the project as it is a form of academic dishonesty.

Final Project Presentations

  • You will present your projects to a group of your peers at Dominica State College. You will prepare a 5 minute description of your project, which includes challenges, successes and outcomes.