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Do what you can with what you have

How to build capacity and community for Digital Humanities teaching and research

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Published on Monday, October 01, 2018


In this two-day workshop, we will share what we have done at UCLA to build real capacity and community for digital humanities teaching and research. Drawing from our experience creating the Scholarly Innovation Lab (SIL), on Day 1 we will share our story and offer guidance and best practices for building a DH lab with modest investment. On Day 2 we will introduce and discuss two of our more successful areas of practice – 3-D modelling for cultural heritage, and Zoom pedagogy for course sharing. The format will be conversational. Our goal is to help cultivate practical approaches for next steps at the University of Helsinki.


UCLA DH Lab comes to Helsinki


  • Annelie Rugg, PhD. Director and Humanities CIO, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities
  • Anthony Caldwell, B.Arch. Scholarly Innovation Lab Coordinator

Venue: University of Helsinki, Main Building, Runeberg Hall (Runeberg sali), Fabianinkatu 33, 2nd floor


Day 1 – Wednesday, 7 November

  • 10.00-10.15 Introduction.
  • 10.15-11.30 Session 1: Building support for a DH lab: Rationale, funding, community building.
  • 11.30-12.30 Lunch.
  • 12.30-14.00 Session 2: Running a DH lab day to day: equipment, staffing, operations, scheduling, getting the word out, challenges and best practices.
  • 14.00-14.15 Coffee break.
  • 14.15-15.45 Session 3: Humanities teaching activities in a DH lab: What we are seeing at UCLA. Discussion of possibilities at University of Helsinki.

Day 2 – Thursday, 8 November

  • 9.15-10.30 Session 4: Cultural heritage modelling: Getting started. What it is, how it benefits research in cultural heritage, how to do it, and what is needed.
  • 10.30-10.45 Coffee break.
  • 10.45-12.15 Session 5: Cultural heritage modelling in practice. Examples from UCLA. What research projects are suited to modelling, what the outcomes are for research (what you can do with the models); best practices for modeling projects (metadata, team and skills, software/hardware, etc.).
  • 12.00-13.30 Lunch.
  • 13.30-14.45 Session 6: Course sharing (Zoom pedagogy) for teachers. How it works, what it takes, what it's most suited for.
  • 14.45-15.15 Wrap up.


Registration for participants is mandatory. Please register using this link:

UCLA DH Workshop registration

Registration deadline:​ Mon 29.10.2018 (or as soon as the workshop is fully booked).


  • Main Building, Runeberg Hall (Runeberg sali), 2nd floor - University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 33
    Helsinki, Finland (00100)


  • Wednesday, November 07, 2018


  • digital humanities, education, lab, modelling, cultural heritage


  • Mikko Tolonen
    courriel : mikko [dot] tolonen [at] helsinki [dot] fi

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  • Mikko Tolonen
    courriel : mikko [dot] tolonen [at] helsinki [dot] fi


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