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 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.