DH100: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Tuesday/Thursday 9:25am – 10:40am
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall room 301

Brian S. Matzke
Office: Elihu Burritt Library room 20903
Office Hours: Mondays 10:00am – noon
Email: bmatzke@ccsu.edu

Readings and Other Course Materials

Students will be required to purchase a domain and hosting for a website through Reclaim Hosting. This costs $30 for one year. Your website will be where you maintain your blog and upload all assignments. This is the only purchase that you are required to make. There is no textbook, and all readings will either be provided as links to articles online or be available through the library’s website.

Work Commitments

  • Weekly blog posts, in which students will be asked to discuss and reflect on the readings, assignments, and class discussion
  • Short assignments and in-class activities
  • Attendance and participation
  • Semester-long research project–a published website that students will present during the last week of class, including:
    • A small, curated collection of primary sources (examples of documents, social media posts, images, etc.)
    • The raw information gathered from students’ analyses of the texts and metadata
    • Some visualizations of that data
    • A short (5-6 page) paper explaining the results of the students’ research and analysis

Course Policies

  • Attendance
    • Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of each class by checking into Acadly. Acadly is a free app for class participation. All students are expected to register for Acadly and have the Acadly app to their smartphone. If you are late to class or do not bring a smartphone to class, it is your responsibility to make sure that your attendance is recorded by approaching me at the end of class.
    • An excused absence is an absence that is due to an unavoidable commitment. These include religious observances, doctor’s appointments, travel for a university activity such as an athletic competition, and family emergencies such as a hospitalization or death in the family. In the case of a religious observance or university-related travel, you must notify me of the absence in advance in order for the absence to be marked as excused. In the case of a doctor’s appointment, university-related travel, or family emergency, you must provide documentation for the absence to be marked as excused.
    • Unexcused absences are absences for all other reasons, including visiting relatives, travel for personal reasons, performing volunteer work, feeling sick but not going to the doctor, and meeting with your academic advisor.
    • Students are allowed three unexcused absences without any consequences.  Each additional unexcused absence will lower your final grade by ⅓ of a letter grade (so, an A would become an A-, an A- would become a B+, and so on).
    • If you are late to class three times, that will count as one unexcused absence.
  • Preparedness
    • Before the start of class, you are expected to silence your phone and any other electronic devices, log in to your computer, and bring up any assignments and readings to be discussed in class that day. Not doing these things before 9:25 amounts to being late for class. Using social media during class or not having access to your class materials that day amounts to being absent and will be marked as such on the attendance sheet.
  • Late Blog Posts and Assignments
    • Blog posts are typically due by midnight on Sunday nights, and assignments are typically due by midnight on Monday nights. This is so we can discuss the assignments in class on Tuesdays. Late blog posts and assignments will be accepted up to one week after the due date for up to 50% credit. I will provide extensions on a case-by-case basis, but only if you speak with me prior to the due date.
  • Academic Integrity
    • Central Connecticut State University’s policies on Academic Integrity can be found at https://www.ccsu.edu/academicintegrity/. Cases of academic misconduct, such as plagiarism, will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Depending on the severity of the case, academic misconduct may result in a failing grade in the course.


  • Student Disability Services
    • Central Connecticut State University provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for students with documented disabilities on an individualized basis. If you are a student with a documented disability, and would like to request academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) at 860-832-1952, or email disabilityservices@ccsu.edu. Please visit the SDS website at https://www.ccsu.edu/sds/ to download an Intake form and documentation requirements. Once approved, SDS suggests that students discuss their approved accommodations with their professors, as well as any other additional medical emergency needs. Temporary impairments may also qualify for accommodations. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive and must be requested each semester.
  • Writing Center
    • The CCSU Writing Center is an excellent resource for developing your writing. They can offer you expert one-on-one assistance at all stages of the writing process. Their hours, location, and contact information can be found at https://www.ccsu.edu/writingCenter/.
  • Elihu Burritt Library
    • The homepage for library’s website is here: https://library.ccsu.edu/. The reference librarians at the Elihu Burritt Library are there to help you with all aspects of the research process. Do not hesitate to ask them any questions you may have about finding, evaluating, organizing, or citing sources for your project. A reference librarian is available at all hours that the library is open. You can stop by the reference desk on the second floor of the library, or you can get in touch via phone, chat, or email. The library’s contact information can be found here: https://libanswers.ccsu.edu/.
  • Student Wellness Services
    • Student Wellness Services provides integrated mental health, physical health, and wellness education services to assist all CCSU undergraduate and graduate students in the pursuit of academic success, a fulfilling college experience, and a healthy lifestyle. Information about student wellness services can be found at https://web.ccsu.edu/healthservices/index.asp.

Other university policies can be found here.


Weekly assignments *300
Weekly blog posts *200
In-class participation150
Peer critiques100
Final paper150
Final version of website100

* Note: there are 12 weekly assignments worth 30 points each, and 12 weekly blog posts worth 20 points each, meaning that if you complete every assignment and every blog post, you can earn up to 360 out of 300 on the assignments and 240 out of 200 on the blog posts. This is the only opportunity for extra credit in the course.

Grade Scale