Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Some of the classes and workshops I have offered in recent years, including pointers to upcoming courses and other resources when available. For more teaching information, see my vita.

I currently run a few digital research workshops focused on network analysis, spatial analysis, and data visualization. If your company, university, institution, or lab could benefit from a full or half-day workshop on one of these topics, I’d love to help provide one! Workshops come full with practical examples, exercises, and insights that attendees can take away and apply immediately.

I would be honored to teach at your institution about digital history, data visualization, spatial history, network analysis, or urban environmental history. You can reach me at @jaheppler or by email. Interested in having me come speak instead? Check out my speaking page!


Courses

Introduction to Digital Humanities · University of Nebraska at Omaha
This course confronts the current and potential influence of digital media on the theory and practice of history. We will focus on resources enabling new forms of scholarship, looking at tools for visualization and text analysis for generating historical interpretations, and explore alternative forms of publishing, design, and research. The course covers a range of readings along with a critical engagement with tools and resources. Students will also contribute to a digital spatial exhibit on the history of Omaha. · January 2018 - May 2018

Digital History: Sources, Methods, Problems · Stanford University
This course confronts the current and potential influence of digital media on the theory and practice of history. We will focus on resources enabling new forms of scholarship, looking at tools for visualization and text analysis for generating historical interpretations, and explore alternative forms of publishing, design, and research. The course covers a range of readings along with a critical engagement with tools and resources. Students will also contribute to a digital spatial exhibit on the history of Silicon Valley. · September 2016 - December 2016

R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization · Digital Humanities Summer Institute
The visualization of historical and literary data has become a common practice in digital humanities, drawing on older traditions of visualizing in these disciplines. A variety of out-of-the-box tools exist for easily jumping in to data and information visualization, but when we use these tools we run the risk of research questions being wedged into a tool rather than the tool fitting the research. This course introduces students to humanities visualizations, using a programming language that let researchers prioritize their questions over the requirements of ready-made tools. · June 2016 - June 2016

Digital History: Sources, Methods, Problems · Stanford University
This is a hands-on course that introduces students to the use of digital tools and sources to conduct original historical research, analyze and interpret findings, and communicate results. Digital history is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to bring digital technology into conversation with humanities disciplines and, specifically, seeks to analyze, synthesize, and present knowledge through computational media. Digital historians create digital archival collections, databases, digitize objects, analyze humanistic material in digital form, and addresses scholarly questions often difficult, if not impossible, to ask using non-computational methods. · September 2014 - December 2014

Workshops

Introduction to Network Analysis (workshop)
This workshop emphasizes hands-on learning of working with network data and visualization. Historians working out the complex documentary relationships between people and institutions can often find surprising, or previously unexplored, connections by using network analysis and its visual representations. This workshop will help participants familiarize themselves with basic network-analysis vocabulary as well as using Gephi for network analysis and visualization. · January 2018

Introduction to Network Analysis (workshop) · Ball State University
This workshop emphasizes hands-on learning of working with network data and visualization. Historians working out the complex documentary relationships between people and institutions can often find surprising, or previously unexplored, connections by using network analysis and its visual representations. This workshop will help participants familiarize themselves with basic network-analysis vocabulary as well as using Gephi for network analysis and visualization. · May 2017

Introduction to Network Analysis (workshop) · American Historical Association
This workshop emphasizes hands-on learning of working with network data and visualization. Historians working out the complex documentary relationships between people and institutions can often find surprising, or previously unexplored, connections by using network analysis and its visual representations. This workshop will help participants familiarize themselves with basic network-analysis vocabulary as well as using Gephi for network analysis and visualization. · January 2017

Maps and Networks in the Classroom (workshop) · Carl Bimson Humanities Seminar, Colorado State University
This seminar will emphasize the hands-on learning of working with geospatial and network data, with special attention paid to its application to the classroom. The workshop seeks to prep teachers to instruct their students in various approaches to digital humanities in their classes. · June 2016

Teaching Digital History (workshop) · Missouri Valley History Conference
In this workshop, we will discuss ways to integrate digital methods into history classrooms. These new approaches aid students, teachers, and professors in working with primary sources, crafting original arguments, and presenting historical work in a public venue. · April 2015

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