The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies, Redux

Panel 4 - Abstracts

Paula R. Curtis, University of Michigan

Digital Publishing and the History Classroom: An Introduction and Example Using Scalar

This talk will introduce a modern East Asian history syllabus that integrates the digital publishing platform Scalar. By exploring the structure, goals, and outcomes of this course, as well as Scalar's most salient features (frontend and backend), we can begin to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of incorporating collaborative digital work and cultivating digital literacy in humanities classrooms.

Susan Burns, University of Chicago

Teaching History with Arc Gis and Esri Storymaps

In this presentation I will discuss my experience teaching the History of Edo/Tokyo using Arc Gis and Esri Story Maps. My class of 20+ students included first year undergraduates, MA students, and first year PhD students, only one of whom who had previous experience with Arc Gis. Four class sessions were devoted to practicums teaching essential Arc skills. Students were required to develop an original project that made use of mapping techniques, and to incorporate their maps into a historical narrative using Esri's Story Map platform.

Catherine Ryu, Michigan State University

Accessible Learning, Digital Literacy, and Machine-Mediated Translation for Enhancing Japanese Linguistic and Cultural Proficiency

By taking the definition of accessibility to mean "the inclusive practice of removing barriers which prevent access to information and education" (, this presentation explores how digital literacy may support and optimize Japanese language students' learning. The presentation will focus on a machine-mediated approach to translation (both linguistic and cultural) to demonstrate a close link between accessible learning and digital literacy, as well as its impact on pedagogy.