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Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Partnership

The library offers a digital pedagogy partnership program that assists faculty in integrating digital humanities into course curriculum. This program enhances students’ information and technological literacy and supports new approaches to pedagogy.

What is a Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Partnership? 

The Digital Humanities and Pedagogy Partnership is a library-led program that involves a close working relationship between faculty and librarians to develop and design course content that leverages expertise from faculty, as subject specialists in their disciplines, and librarians, as information, technology, and data management experts.  

The purpose is to enhance students’ educational experience, foster innovative research, and prepare students to meet their professional needs through enhanced digital, information and technological competency, and the ability to critically assess and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of employing digital research methodologies in their academic and professional practice. 


Partnership objectives 

The objectives of this partnership align with Laurier’s Strategic Academic Plan (2023-2028) by fostering both interdisciplinarity and a passion for research, and by preparing students to thrive. 

Enrich the student learning experience 

Engaging in digital research projects will enrich students’ learning experiences and enhance their understanding of information arnd technological literacy such that they can apply them in the workplace. 

Create a culture of collaboration 

This partnership will promote a learning environment that nurtures and fosters innovation, collaboration, and participation. This enriches the academic ecosystem by combining the expertise and resources of the Library with the pedagogical and subject-specialty of faculty to promote a dynamic environment for intellectual growth and innovation.

Leverage expert knowledge in information and technological literacies 

The Library offers specialized knowledge and understanding of information and technological literacies that focuses on the comprehension of critical approaches to research and digital engagement. This partnership will enable faculty to leverage this expertise in the classroom. 


How the partnership works 

Build the syllabus

Librarians work collaboratively with faculty to design and build the syllabi that integrates digital humanities methodologies (applicable to all disciplines beyond the humanities) and information literacy into courses.

Develop instructional materials

Faculty and librarians develop instructional materials, assignments, in class activities, and assessments that enhance students’ use of digital technologies, archival content, project and data management, research approaches, and much more. While faculty will assess student learning, librarians can help develop rubrics that incorporate digital and information literacy elements. 

Access digital resources 

Librarians will recommend digital resources, and tools to support digital research methodologies. They will ensure the selected resources meet accessibility, diversity, and equity needs and explore strategies to curate, and support the long-term sustainability of student projects.  

Lead instruction

Librarians and faculty lead instructional classes individually or collaboratively with librarian involvement in at least three classes. Jointly developing and executing digital pedagogy learning outcomes will ultimately serve to enhance the student learning experience.  

Showcase student work

Librarians can discuss options for showcasing students' final digital projects, for example on the Library’s exhibits platform or on an external platform.


Potential classroom learning outcomes 

By engaging in these projects students will be able to: 

  • Investigate the merits of technological solutions for creating digital projects, 
  • Assess the potential capacity of a digital project to improve disciplinary knowledge, 
  • Apply digital critical thinking skills, troubleshooting, and problem solving to identify and resolve digital problems, 
  • Understand how technological and information literacy contribute to creating a digital project, 
  • Design and develop a digital project to produce an effective argument that can be conveyed in a digital platform, 
  • Apply basic HTML tagging, and usability and accessibility features on various digital platforms to present accessible content clearly, concisely, and correctly, 
  • Evaluate a range of information sources, including websites, digital archives, news, and social media, 
  • Recognize when information is needed, and then locate, assess, and effectively use information to analyse issues, 
  • Understand the construction and reception of bias. 


Previous partnerships 

  • NO314/PO314 - Chancellor's Challenge (Winter 2023, Kevin Spooner) 
  • HI326 - History of Conspiracy (Winter 2024, Amy Milne-Smith) 



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