The Digital Integration Teaching Initiative (DITI) aims to collaborate with faculty across the CSSH disciplines to introduce students to digital methods and skills, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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About the Digital Integration Teaching Initiative

We believe that every student, across all disciplines, needs basic computational skills to be successful in today’s market. Even though most students are now “born digital,” this does not mean they understand how a computer works, or what specific computing skills they will need in their future careers. The DITI team consists of graduate students, guided by faculty and staff leads, who work with faculty across CSSH to incorporate digital proficiencies into existing syllabi. Rather than adding additional skills or assignments to existing courses, we instead work with faculty to integrate digital skills to enhance the existing course learning goals and outcomes. The aim is not to turn all students into computer scientists, but to teach skills that will help them be successful in their own work and in the workforce they will be entering when they graduate.

For Instructors Interested in Partnering with DITI

DITI will partner with faculty across CSSH to integrate digital proficiencies into their curriculum. Please check out the information below to learn previous digital proficiency modules DITI created, read about faculty partnership guidelines, and fill out an initial consultation survey.

DITI Office Hours

During Fall 2020, the DITI team will be holding remote office hours on:

Tuesdays 3–4pm, with Talia Brenner and Caroline Grand
Website building (WordPress, Squarespace, Wix)
Citation management (Zotero)
Audio production (Adobe Audition)
Graphics (Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator)
Digital storytelling (Knight Lab’s StoryMap and Timeline)

Thursdays 12—1pm, with Julianna Wessels and Milan Skobic
Website building (WordPress)
Text encoding and customization (XML, TEI)
Digital Archive Curation
Digital Project Development
Data visualization (Tableau)
Qualitative data analysis (NVivo)
Citation management (Zotero)
Digital storytelling (Knight Lab’s StoryMap and Timeline)

Thursdays 2–3pm, with Adam Tomasi and Vaishali Kushwaha
Website building (WordPress)
Data visualization (Tableau)
Mapping (QGIS)
Digital storytelling (StoryMap)

To book an appointment, click here (to allow time for setting up remote consultations, please book at least 24 hours in advance). Office hours are for faculty and students alike.

The DITI Team

The Co-Directors of the DITI are Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Distinguished Professor of English; Laura Nelson, Assistant Professor of Sociology; and Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director. The current team members are listed below along with some of the skills they are able to bring into class partnerships and consultations.

Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director
DITI Co-Director

  • Text encoding and customization (XML, TEI)
  • Web-based text analysis
  • Topic modeling
  • Vector space modeling
  • Digital archive curation
  • WordPress
  • Digital project development

Milan Skobic, Sociology Ph.D. Student
DITI Assistant Director, 2020–2021

  • Python
  • Excel
  • Qualitative coding (NVivo)
  • Mapping (KnightLabs, qGIS, CARTO)
  • GitHub
  • Citation management (Zotero)

Vaishali Kushwaha, Public Policy Ph.D. Candidate
DITI Fellow, Fall 2020

  • MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Spatial Mapping (KnightLabs Storymap, ArcGIS Online)
  • Website Design (Wix, Google Sites)
  • Statistical Analysis (R, STATA)
  • Systems Thinking for Education and Research (STELLA)
  • Network Mapping (NodeXL, Gephi)
  • Citation Management (Endnote)

Talia Brenner, Public History M.A. Student
DITI Fellow, Fall 2020

  • MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Spatial Mapping (KnightLabs Storymap)
  • Website Design (WordPress, Wix)
  • Citation Management (Zotero)

Julianna Wessels, English Ph.D. Student
DITI Fellow, Fall 2020

  • MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Spatial Mapping (KnightLabs Storymap)
  • Website Design (WordPress, Github)
  • Citation Management (Zotero)

Adam Tomasi, History PhD student
DITI Fellow, 2020-21

  • Mapping and Visualization (KnightLab StoryMap, Esri ArcGIS, Google My Maps)
  • Websites (WordPress)


Colleen Nugent, History, Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, 2020

Jonathan Sullivan, Political Science, Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, 2020

Cara Marta Messina, English Ph.D. Candidate
DITI Assistant Director, 2018-2020

Laura Johnson, English Ph.D. Student
NULab Coordinator, 2019–2020

Jeff Sternberg, Sociology Ph.D. Candidate
NULab/DITI Research Fellow, 2019–2020

Garrett Morrow, Political Science Ph.D. Student
NULab/DITI Research Fellow, 2019–2020

Alexis Yohros, Criminology Ph.D. Student
DITI Research Fellow, 2018-2019

Molly Nebiolo, History Ph.D. Candidate
DITI Research Fellow, 2019