Taking TEI Further: Teaching with TEI
August 20–22, 2014

Julia Flanders, Northeastern University
Syd Bauman, Northeastern University


Snell Library, Room 421


Wednesday, 20 August

9:40 Breakfast available (pastries and coffee)

Session 1, 10:00–11:30: Teaching (with) TEI? Introductions and profile of interests

Session 2, 11:45–12:30: 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, 2:00–3:30: Teaching objectives

  • Examine sample syllabi and assignments: Galey, Tomasek, Walsh, Whitacre, Chiodo, Birnbaum, Ullyot
  • What is the role of data modeling in a humanities curriculum? Why teach TEI? What pedagogical outcomes are we looking for?
  • How do we contextualize TEI within the course?
  • How do we evaluate and grade work of this kind? Are we grading the process or the product?
  • 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?

Session 4, 3:45–5:30: Syllabus development (small groups)

→ Group dinner (voluntary) at Pho and I, Huntington Avenue (OpenStreetMap, Google directions)

Thursday, 21 August

9:40 Breakfast available (pastries and coffee)

Session 5, 10:00–11:30: Group reporting from session 4

Session 6, 11:45–1:00: The TEI teaching environment (slides: HTML, TEI)

→ Lunch on your own

Session 7, 2:30–4:00: Setting up a TEI teaching schema (slides: HTML, TEI)

  • The role of schemas and constraint
  • Overview of TEI customization
  • Demonstration of Roma

Session 8, 4:15–5:30: 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

Short homework assignment: trouble-shooting in the classroom. In the “TEI Teaching” download (ZIP or tarball) find the file content/broken_mooses.xml, and create a repaired version of it as content/mooses.xml. Note that there are both well-formedness and validity problems.

→ Dinner on your own

Friday, 22 August

9:40 Breakfast available (pastries and coffee)

Session 9, 10:00–11:15: Small group hands-on followed by discussion

  • Do the assignment you created
  • What worked? What was difficult? What support do we need to provide?
  • Review the trouble-shooting exercise

Session 10, 11:30–1:00: Output, display, and pedagogy (slides: HTML, TEI)

→ Lunch on your own

Session 11, 2:30–4:00: Individual and group hands-on

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

Session 12, 4:00–5:00: Final questions and discussion (slides: HTML, TEI)

  • 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 or Syd.