Mind Mapping, Knowledge Cartography 2015

I originally started requiring students to use mind minds as a tool to visualise  the structure of single articles, separating argument and analysis from supporting evidence. Over time, our use of mindmaps has grown, to encompass mapping debates across multiple sources in order to construct a literature review, and from an essay planning tool to a tool to plan sharing of knowledge in a range of output formats – essay, poster, infographic, website, podcast and so on. As time has passed, the tools I’ve recommended have change: this is this years list of my favourites Continue reading “Mind Mapping, Knowledge Cartography 2015”

That $5 trillion isn’t gone away you know…

The $5 trillion wiped off the value of global equities as the Chinese market collapse spreads hasn’t all vanished – it’s just gone somewhere else in search of a different bubble.  What is really spectacular is not the collapse of Chinese markets, but the capacity of people to ignore the obvious indicators that it was on the way. Continue reading “That $5 trillion isn’t gone away you know…”

Reading into Digital Humanities (Summer 2015)

New Semester in Six Weeks! The summer is flying by, this years cohort of Masters students are deep in writing their dissertations, most of the places for next year have been filled, BA offers will be going on in a few weeks,  and new students are asking “What should I read before we start”.  Reading into DH is a moving target, but here I suggest some of my favourite entry points. Most of this is freely available on the open web. Continue reading “Reading into Digital Humanities (Summer 2015)”

TYdays at UCC – #dhty

Welcoming TY Students
Welcoming TY Students

Over four days in April, we hosted almost 200 Transition Year students for four days of workshops in Digital Humanities at UCC.  Each day we introduced a fresh batch of young learners to aspects of our DH practice here in UCC in a brisk run through digital learning, text markup and making with Arduinos Continue reading “TYdays at UCC – #dhty”

Small People make Small Gods and Small Prophets

I don’t think think is fair or useful to satirise someone who has been dead for 1400 years. Free speech, which is the cornerstone of freedom and dignity, allows people the right to do that, and I agree with that right, but I also gives me the freedom to assert that cartoonists who satirise dead prophets are being childish. Continue reading “Small People make Small Gods and Small Prophets”