Taking TEI Further: Teaching with TEI
August 21–23, 2013

Julia Flanders, Northeastern University
Syd Bauman, Northeastern University
Jacqueline Wernimont, Scripps College


Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library


Wednesday, 21 August

8:40 Breakfast available (pastries and coffee)

Session 1, 9:00–10:30: Teaching (with) TEI? Introductions and profile of interests

Session 2, 10:45–12:00: Discussion (small groups)

  • Are you aiming for individualized or convergent encoding from your students?
  • Is the TEI functioning as an interpretive tool or a production tool? Is encoding about process or product?
  • How much do you want your students to learn about the TEI itself?
  • To what extent are we interested in teaching TEI as an example of something larger?

→ Lunch on your own

Session 3, 1:30–3:00: Teaching objectives

Session 4, 3:15–5:00: Syllabus development (small groups)

→ Group dinner (voluntary) at Kabob and Curry, 261 Thayer Street

Thursday, 22 August

8:40 Breakfast available (pastries and coffee)

Session 5, 9:00–10:30: Group reporting from session 4

Session 6, 10:45–12:00: The TEI teaching environment (slides: HTML, TEI) and small-group hands on: trouble-shooting in the classroom (sample); also a short presentation on pedagogy by Deena

→ Lunch on your own

Session 7, 1:30–3:00: Setting up a TEI teaching environment (slides: HTML, TEI)

  • The role of constraint
  • Overview of TEI customization
  • Demonstration of Roma (and perhaps Byzantium)

Session 8, 3:15–5:00: Small group hands-on followed by discussion

  • Develop a template for your group course assignment
  • Develop a customization to support the template
  • Concluding discussion of results

→ Dinner on your own

Friday, 23 August

8:40 Breakfast available (pastries and coffee)

Session 9, 09:00–10:15: Small group hands-on followed by discussion

  • Do the assignment you created
  • What worked? What was difficult? What support do we need to provide?

Session 10, 10:30–12:00: Output, display, and pedagogy (slides: HTML, TEI)

  • Consider the role of output in pedagogy
  • Demonstration of CSS and TEI Boilerplate

→ Lunch on your own

Session 11, 1:30–3:00: Individual and group hands-on

  • Experiment with display tools
  • Work on individual assignments and syllabi

Session 12, 3:00–4:00: Final questions and discussion (slides: HTML, TEI)

  • How do we evaluate and grade work of this kind?
  • What pedagogical outcomes are we looking for?
  • Are we grading the process or the product?
  • What is the role of data modeling in a humanities curriculum? Why teach TEI?
  • How does teaching TEI fit in with our institutional and departmental agendas? How does this affect assessment?
  • What role does TEI play in our students' academic and professional development?
  • What resources do we have available to us at our institutions?
  • What other resources are available?
  • What kinds of supporting resources could we develop?


Materials for hands-on can be downloaded as a ZIP archive or as a tarball.

Materials for Download

The resource page has links to all the slide sets (whether used in this workshop or not), interesting web sites we may have shown, and useful TEI links

The WWP Guide to Scholarly Text Encoding.

Instructor contact information

Send mail to Julia, Jacque, or Syd.