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Using Network Analysis to Support Digital Humanities in Large History Classrooms

Project Directors: Kalani Craig (IUB History), Joshua Danish (IUB School of Education), Cindy Hmelo-Silver (IUB School of Education), Ann McCranie (IUNI)


Net.Create is an innovative approach to network analysis that brings simultaneous multi-user predictive network data entry and live visualization into university history classrooms to support pedagogy and learning. Net.Create, currently in early-stage development, provides an easy-to-use interface and curricular materials that are designed from the ground up to be successfully implemented in a lecture classroom. Net.Create supports the collaborative generation of data as a method of interpreting evidence from multiple historical texts and then using network analysis to understand the complexity of historical interactions. Net.Create will also give practical guidance for how instructors in a variety of disciplines with similar complex interactions can adapt network visualization and analysis skills, typically the focus of STEM disciplines, to support students as they engage with humanities and social science learning.

IUNI's Ann McCranie is involved in the team supporting tool development and dissemination to a broader network-analysis community for both educational and research purposes.