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#dariahTeach Open Humanities Workshop

The #dariahTeach Open Humanities Workshop, which took place in Belgrade on November 8-9, brought together twenty participants from 9 different countries (Germany, Ireland, UK, Greece, Denmark, France, Serbia, Switzerland, Holland) to explore key issues in developing interactive, multimodal, localizable, open-access and open-source teaching materials.

#dariahTeach is an Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership aimed at fostering innovative teaching and learning practices among members of the DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) network. This Strategic Partnership is under the lead of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth University, with six other participating institutions:  Aarhus University, Denmark; Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies (Greece); Austrian Academy of Sciences; Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities, (Serbia); Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands); and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Members of the #dariahTeach Strategic Partnership are developing rich educational materials that instructors in the growing number of Digital Humanities programs across Europe can use and adapt to their own institutional settings and learning needs.

The goal of the Belgrade Open Humanities Workshop was to gather feedback on the current state of development of the #dariahTeach platform, and to discuss the possibilities and challenges of integrating the work of DARIAH­-affiliated projects and other potential external partners into the platform.

Tony Hall on educational technologies

The event kicked off with a keynote lecture by Tony Hall of the National University of Ireland at Galway. In his talk, Tony focused on the question how design-based research could be adapted and adopted in order to develop and deploy technology-aided educational innovations.

We still have a very industrial model of learning. Yet we should encourage discovery, delight, curiosity, creativity.

Why should we care?

Everybody agrees that education is important, but the current state of DH training materials leaves much to be desired. Why are we — as scholars who are also educators — not treating training materials as a kind of publication? Why do we not have peer-reviewed journals of training materials? Why are some of our training materials hidden behind password-protected university proxies? How many of us use taxonomies or ontologies to describe the learning objects we produce? How come we so often have to reinvent the wheel when we prepare our classes? These and other questions reflect the urgency of rethinking how we create, deliver and share our training materials.

The Belgrade workshop gave #dariahTeach partners a chance to meet face to face with experienced DH instructors and representatives of DARIAH-affiliated infrastructure projects that have it as part of their mandate to deliver training materials.

Workshop participants engaged with each other on a range of topics such as curriculum design; teaching with and beyond MOOCs; training needs in research infrastructures vs. traditional settings; developing a model for peer-reviewing training materials; engaging different audiences and communities of practice; licensing and flexible frameworks for open education.

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