Latest Workshops

Webinars, and Trainings

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In 2024:

Webinar for Black History Month

Reading Between the Lines: Researching African American Family History

Workshop for Black History Month

Virtual Reality Lab

Come explore black history and perspectives through virtual reality.

Intro Series

Your Laptop to the World: Publishing on the Web & other Dark Arts

At DEFCon we want to ask bigger questions than just what you want to do. What motivates your project? Who are you trying to reach? How long will your project live on after you’re done?

So let’s surface the underlying assumptions about digital outputs & how they work…. in order to illuminate how the Digital Humanities modify the traditional “TO DO List” from Manuscript Humanities.

Spring 2024

DH Certificate Series

From April-May, we organized two distinct hands-on series that delve into the use of digital tools and platforms to center ethnic voices and transformative learning. Upon completing all of the workshops, participants receive a certificate of their training.

  • Latinx Digital Humanities
  • Digital Collections, Archives, and Exhibits. 

2023 workshops:

Fall into DH series:

These workshops gave participants an in-depth exploration of the tools, topics, and discussions that are shaping digital scholarship today.

  • Beyond the Interview: Enhancing Oral Histories using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)
  • Funding Your Big Idea! A Digital Humanities Funding Workshop
  • Spatial Analysis in Critical Praxis A Small-group, Hands-on Workshop with Mapbox, Felt, and ArcGIS
promotional banner for "Immersive Experiences Lab" in bold pink magenta and deep purple colors

Immersive Experiences Lab

Have you ever wanted to walk through a far-away museum, attend a historical rally, visit archaeological ruins, move through outer space, or learn another language in a foreign country all from the comfort of your living room? In this hands-on lab CSUF’s Digital Literacy Librarian Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, will help you explore a range of Virtual Reality experiences, and the various equipment used to make these real and imaginary environments come to life. Come explore new worlds!

Participants had the opportunity to:

  • explore the metaverse
  • use both high-end and low-budget VR equipment,
  • explore a handful of VR experiences,
  • try out a free platform for VR storytelling,
  • discuss applications for integrating VR into research, scholarship, and curriculum

Python Workshop

Python is free, open-source, highly versatile, and beginner-friendly! It is commonly used in industry, for research, and for general purpose programming. This workshop will focus on research applications. You will learn how to import, synthesize, and chart data in a manner that is easily repeatable and shareable with your research community.

Getting Started with Digital Scholarship

In this workshop, we will reverse engineer some completed digital projects, and explore how to move from ideas to questions, gather data, and make that data machine-readable. Other topics covered in this workshop include planning realistic project budgets and timelines, building your dataset, and developing creative collaborations to help execute big ideas.

How to choose a storytelling platform

This workshop will explore the pros and cons of using various web platforms for building out interactive narratives, digital stories, and other projects. Platforms covered in will include ESRI StoryMaps, WAX, WordPress, Scalar, Thinglink and more.

Digital Mapping platforms

From Basic to Highly Customizable, to Collaborative and Interactive — this workshop explores various tools for making and sharing spatial data using maps.

Beyond the Interview with the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer

In this workshop, fellows will learn how to get started using OHMS, an open source, free, web-based tool for syncing oral history audio with metadata, images, and GPS coordinates in order to provide access, discoverability, and interpretation. Facilitated by Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky.

Making the Most of a Mentoring Session

This workshop session will provide a vital check in on how DEFCon fellows can continue building healthy communication networks and communities of practice during the second half of the fellowship period.

Organizing and Sharing Your Digital Archive (Roundtable)

Doing digital archives in public is a methodological choice ripe with the possibility of extending archival creation into wider public spaces, and engaging communities that are often mis-represented, or underrepresented in traditional archive spaces. We encourage you to bring your questions and wildest ideas.

2022 workshops:

DH Summer Connect:

Our series for DH Summer Connect 2022 was a solid week of these amazing workshops:

  • Digital Storytelling: Hands-On with Google Earth Web
  • Digital Storytelling: Hands-On with TimelineJS
  • “Got Geo Data?” Getting Started with Mapbox – Parts I & II
  • Macroscopic Reading through Text Mining
  • A Gentle Introduction to Text Analysis with R
  • VR Demonstrations and 360 Video Tools and Tours
  • Capturing and Editing Immersive Content with Insta 360 Pro Camera
  • Critical Digital Pedagogy: Debates, Dialogue and Practice

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