Learning Digital Methods

Learning digital methods is hard, but there are a variety of workshops, seminars, courses, and programs available for those ready to take on the challenge.

Not sure what methods or types of projects are appropriate for your work? Check out our methods page or project showcase.


  • The Digital Scholarship Support Group organizes a year-round seminar series designed to provide training and instruction in digital methods for research and teaching. The seminar series is centered around introductions to digital approaches to research and teaching, which provides a framework for more advanced topics. Advanced workshops typically focus on one of the three core areas that comprise the main aspects of a digital research workflow – the acquisition, analysis, or presentation of data. DSSG seminars are typically free and open to all Harvard University students, faculty, and staff.
  • Harvard College and Division of Continuing Education offer numerous courses related to digital humanities. List forthcoming.
  • FAS Research Computing offers regular, ongoing training on topics such as research data management, cluster computing, scientific computing, and more. See upcoming trainings or past materials.
  • Harvard Library’s Jess Cohen-Tanugi offers a number of workshops on data visualization each semester, such as Design Principles for Data Visualization; Visual Eloquence; Intermediate Tableau; Data Vis with Google Data Studio; and more.
  • HarvardX created an Introduction to Digital Humanities online course featuring Harvard faculty and digital humanities projects (2017-19). Peter Bol is the lead instructor; DARTH’s Cole Crawford was a lead content consultant. A second course on taking a DH project from concept to completion is currently in development, led by Stephen Osadetz with assistance from Cole Crawford and Christine Fernsebner Eslao.


  • The DH Training Network includes a number of excellent workshop series, most notably DHSI, HILTDHOXSS, and DH@Leipzig.
    • DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) is an annual digital scholarship training institute that takes place at the University of Victoria. Around 800-900 participants attend DHSI over two one-week sessions on a wide range of DH topics.
    • HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. HILT is typically held on the eastern or southern side of the US, compared to DHSI in BC.
  • Programming 4 Humanists at Texas A&M provides courses designed to introduce participants to methodologies, coding, and programming languages associated with the Digital Humanities.  We focus on creation, editing, and searchability of digital archives, but also introduce students to data mining and statistical analysis.
  • Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities is an NEH program which supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities.
  • There are now dozens of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in digital humanities and digital scholarship. This spreadsheet of programs, curated by Cole Crawford of DARTH between 2017 and 2020, captures the current state of digital humanities programs and graduate certificates.