Voyant Tools, Teaching Edition, DH2013, Lincoln, Nebraska (July 2013)

0. Introductions (GR – 15′):

Where the instructors and participants introduce themselves and their teaching context.

  • How do you want to use text analysis in your teaching?
  • What do you hope to learn?

1. Brief example of teaching text analysis with Voyant:

Where participants are led through a hands-on introduction to Voyant as if they were students.

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Introducing Voyant Tools in the Classroom

2. Discussion of example:

Where we discuss how the hands-on example tutorial could work (or not) in an undergraduate class.

3. Models for text analysis:

Where we break into groups that develop models for how they might use text analysis in a course. Some might develop a model for introducing text analysis in a literature course, some in a digital humanities course.

4. Managing the module:

Where we discuss what can go wrong and what learning resources there are.


  • What can go wrong when you are teaching text analysis?
  • How can you manage the technology?
  • What learning resources are there?

5. Why bother?:

Where we conclude with a discussion of the place of text analysis in the digital humanities curriculum.


  • Why bother teaching students text analysis?
  • Why would students want to learn text analysis?
  • What are the limits to text analysis?
  • What do they need to know to appreciate text analysis?

6. Future directions: Voyant Notebooks

Voyant Notebooks