By Shalian Shaw
The first words that come to the mind of most after hearing these words, ‘Digital Age’ are the internet and technology. The digital age does not only benefit the younger generation who seemingly can’t live without technology and use it in everything they do. It facilitates primarily new forms of learning and communication to anyone, anywhere.
‘Digital Humanities’, to my understanding, can be vaguely described as using technology and its advances to study and understand traditional humanities work. It is using new age programs to investigate subjects in humanities. Humanities itself can be defined as the study of human society and culture.
Technological advances are making it progressively easier to conduct digital research and learning. Although helpful, we are also faced with a few difficulties by these advances. With the abundance of information being circulated, researchers face more searching and analyzing to obtain what they are looking for. Credibility and relevance are issues all users of the internet have to face.“Thinking About Google Search As A Colonial Tool” an article by Joshua Adams delves into how the search engine google influences what researchers find credible and relevant.
An article “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age” by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel examines the rights all learners should exercise. One right which I believe to be instrumental is the right to privacy. All students should have clear knowledge of the intended use of their personal information and the right to withhold the publishing or spreading of that information . The article also highlights the principles that programs should adhere to in order to produce the best learning for students. Of the many, one significant principle is that of global contribution, which emphasizes that information should be obtained from various places and fields which in turn exposes learners to a wider range of knowledge.
In this digital age, many opportunities have been created for people worldwide to learn and obtain information through technological advances. With this learning however, many things must be taken into consideration by both those releasing and absorbing the information. I am sure that these points expressed will help me in understanding the digital humanities course and they will also be kept in mind in all learning I shall be partaking in.