A Quick Blurb on ThatCAMP! Texas 2012

I went to the ThatCAMP! Texas 2012 “unconference” this weekend and it was an experience. Digital Humanities scholars from all over Texas attended, and there were several enlightening conversations that took place.

The way that the (un)conference is organized is drastically different from any other conference. All the participants gather in a room and suggest topics to be discussed. These topics are voted on, and participants then go to whatever groups they find the most interesting. These “sessions” aren’t formal talks. In the style of the networked culture that ThatCAMP! is supposed to represent, the talks are closer to collaborative panels than formal talks.

During the morning, I attended the “Pedagogy and Digital Humanities” panel and the “Creating a Programming Course for Non Computer Science Majors” panel. The pedagogy panel focused on applications of digital media in courses. Because I’ve been working on this for language acquisition applications for the past 7 years I found most of the things discussed redundant, but our conversations on film making were enlightening. Talks on university funding for media centers.

Find our open Google Docs file here:


For the afternoon session I went to the “Creating a Programming Course for Non Computer Science Majors” session. This was organized by my friend Fanny Ramirez (http://www.fanny-ramirez.com/). This talk focused on coming up with standards for a curriculum for the aforementioned course; however, halfway we steered our focus on finding tools to help non CS majors understand programming principles.

You can find our Titanpad here:


At the end of the conference the presenters talked about ThatCAMP! LAC, to be held in Austin, Texas on June 1 – 3. If you feel like it, register here:



About Quijano

Johansen Quijano is a professor of English in The University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development focusing on TESOL, and a Master’s Degree in English Literature. He has published and presented on a variety of topics including video game studies, popular culture studies, education, teaching methodology, language acquisition, romantic poetry, and victorian literature. His research interests include the above-mentioned topics, narrative, interactivity, simulation, new media in general, and 18th century literature. He also enjoys creative writing (fiction, historical fiction, and poetry), and reading all kinds of epic literary works - from the Epic Poem of Gilgamesh to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

Posted on March 11, 2012, in Education Commentary, Literature Commentary and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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