For all online (course) communication, please follow the good old principles of netiquette.
All major announcements for this course will be placed on Blackboard. Here you will also be able to find all required course literature.
Other Communication Tools
Aside from the Blackboard module, we can use a number of other online tools (which may be even better and more fun than using Blackboard, but that’s our little secret). Please note that the use of these tools is encouraged but not mandatory: if you have any personal or technical issue that prevents you from using them, please talk to me and we’ll work something out.
First of all, I’d like you to sign up to the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities Slack workspace at lucdh.slack.com. Slack is a team collaboration platform that is used by many organizations, particularly in IT. You can use your university or a private e-mail address to sign up, but please enter your real and full name as a username, so there won’t be any confusion between your IRL and online personas. After I have given you access to Slack, please familiarize yourself with it. This should take about 15 mins. Please note that our workspace is a professional communication channel. All channels with # in front of them are accessible to all members of the LUCDH workspace (this includes university staff and other students).
We will use Slack to work together at a distance and easy course communication. Furthermore, for your course project you and two of your fellow students will be able tow work together in a private Slack channel. I can show you how to set up these channels for.
We are using Slack on a free plan, this means only the last 10k messages are saved and we have a 5GB total file storage. This seems like a lot, but if you really hit it off with your fellow students and start messaging each other 500 times a day or share 4k videos, space will run out and Slack will start ‘forgetting’ the earlier messages. In short, use this workspace as a workspace. Furthermore, don’t rely on Slack as an archiving tool: you are responsible for curating your own copies of assignments, the final project, and other critical course materials.
Aside from being a very clever URL, Hypothes.is is an annotation tool or in the words of the developers it is: “a conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere, without needing implementation by any underlying site.” In other words, this tool offers you the possibility to comment, highlight, and annotate text on the web. What’s more: you can do this privately, in public, or in closed groups. I have created a closed group for this course.
Please sign up for hypothes.is and follow these steps. Next, become a member of the hypothes.is group for this course by simply following this link. Now, when you read and process the required literature online, you can use the hypothes.is plugin to share your thoughts about the text for everybody to read and comment on.
It also functions as an easy reading list: all the literature that is available online will be annotated so you can easily find it in the group feed. As you can see hyptothes.is will even allow you to annotate this page! In fact, if you have questions about the course, that is a good way to ask them.
Furthermore, you can use hypothes.is to comment on the blog posts and other media that you and your fellow students will produce as part of this course assignment.