The Midterm Exam for Music in Israel that took place today followed a collaborative (and digital) template that I had not tried out before.

As our colleagues at UCLA Center for Digital Humanities state:

Digital Humanities scholarship is necessarily collaborative and interdisciplinary; it emphasizes design, multi-mediality, and the experiential by creatively expanding the networks of participation, the modes of access, and the mechanisms for the dissemination of scholarship.

Essentially, the exam involved the following components:

  • Self-selected working groups (max 5 students for each group), based on culinary preferences (and, therefore, taste, an essential aesthetic dimension)
  • Collaborative work spaces: a combination of Google Apps for education and the digital collaborative canvas created by
  • Collaborative interdisciplinary research on: history, visual culture, food, politics, sociology, anthropology, religion, gender, and, of course, music! 
  • The creation of historical profiles of real, or realistic, characters
  • The instant movement from content creation to publication of research results

The building blocks of the exam where outlined in a shared document, which is also published online:

View this document on Scribd

The results of the work conducted by the class is published online, in a rather colorful digital canvas. Clicking on the image below will lead to a digital canvas that summarizes both the background, the methodology, and the work done during the exam.

We Are What We Eat | Music in Israel Midterm Exam (2013)

The experiment seemed successful. I look forward to hearing back about it from students in the coming week or so. But I felt that everyone was thoroughly engaged, and passed the exam with flying colors.

A good week…