Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Period of Performance

9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022

Funding Totals

$48,355.90 (approved)
$48,355.00 (awarded)

An Engaging Digital Curriculum for Intermediate Chinese Language and Culture

FAIN: HAA-280982-21

Allegheny College (Meadville, PA 16335-3903)
Xiaoling Shi (Project Director: January 2021 to present)

Convening a three-day meeting bringing together Chinese language scholars, instructors, and digital technologists to design a free online curriculum for teaching Chinese language in a cultural context. 

Our proposed curriculum intends to advance a pedagogical shift in language teaching by taking up opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 to explore ways to improve communicative competence and develop critical cultural awareness. Three characteristics are: creating an immersive learning environment by pulling in rich resources from the online world; engaging learners by utilizing online engagement tools/platforms and social media; developing critical cultural awareness by taking advantage of the immersion and engagement created. It will serve as a model for curriculum design not only for other less commonly taught languages, but also for language and culture teaching as a whole. A Level 1 grant will enable Allegheny College to convene a conference to collect comments and feedback on experiments and innovations made in classrooms and revise them accordingly. The project will culminate with a white paper and a website delineating if, why, and how the digital curriculum will achieve its goals.

Media Coverage

Allegheny receives grant for Chinese instruction (Media Coverage)
Publication: The Meadville Tribune
Date: 9/10/2021
Abstract: This is the link to the article, "Allegheny receives grant for Chinese instruction" in The Meadville Tribune.

Allegheny College Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Support Digital Innovation in Chinese Language and Culture Curriculum (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Josh Tysiachney
Publication: Allegheny College Website
Date: 9/8/2021