Chronicle of Higher Education: Using Digital Archives to Teach Data Set Creation and Visualization Design

Chronicle of Higher Education: Using Digital Archives to Teach Data Set Creation and Visualization Design. “Although less common perhaps, archives can enhance introductory humanities and first-year composition courses aimed at non-liberal arts majors. This semester I designed assignments centered on Visual Haggard (VH), a digital archive that I edit intended to centralize and improve access to the illustrations of popular Victorian novelist H. Rider Haggard. These multimodal assignments encouraged undergraduates to practice critical thinking, writing and communication, and visual and digital design—all course goals for first-year composition seminars at Georgia Tech. At the same time, students actively collaborated with me on the project by composing public-facing descriptive metadata tags demonstrating close reading as well as well-designed charts and graphs visualizing this data.”