About the HC Summer Camp

This summer, Humanities Commons will honor one of the most time-honored traditions of the season: summer camp.

That’s right- we’re hosting our very own virtual summer camp for users old and new. The HC Summer Camp will be particularly helpful to anyone who has wanted to take advantage of our platform, but either hasn’t found the time or isn’t sure where to begin. HC Summer Camp will give you deadlines and guidance to help you achieve your ideal digital presence.  

“Campers” will be encouraged to complete a challenge every other week. For example, our first challenge will be focused on the Humanities Commons profile page. To complete Challenge #1, campers will either create a Humanities Commons profile or improve and update their pre-existing HC profile. Please see the bottom of this post to see our schedule and challenges.

During the two weeks leading up to each challenge’s deadline, you will be able to find instruction and guidance here on the HC team blog. We will also track and celebrate the work our campers are doing on Twitter as well as the blog. We hope that you will not only enjoy the prestige of being a star camper, but that you will find inspiration from the exemplary work of others.

Please check out our schedule and challenges located under the “Schedule” tab.

Successful campers will enter the Fall semester with an impressive profile, personal site, a larger readership, new networking connections and a supportive academic community.

Interested in becoming a camper this year? Join our HC group so you can receive updates, inspiration, and more once our camp opens for the summer.

Please let us (and the world) know that you’re going to attend the Humanities Commons Summer Camp this year by commenting on this blog post and on whatever social media platforms you use. Please make sure to use our hashtag #HCSummerCamper!



HC Summer Camp Survey

Thank you for participating in the first ever Humanities Commons Summer Camp! No matter your level of engagement with the summer camp, we want to hear from you. By answering the questions below, you can help us to develop future programs like the summer camp to better help our users take advantage of HC and strengthen their digital presence.

The survey is short and should not take more than 5-10 minutes of your time. You can choose to provide your email address at the very end to enter to win your very own Humanities Commons platypus! You have until Wednesday, 8/29 to complete the survey. Winners will be announced on Thursday, 8/30. Otherwise, the survey is completely anonymous. 

This platypus is looking for a new home!

Thanks again for your help and participation- we really appreciate it.


Challenge #6: Reflect and Plan

Welcome to your sixth and final challenge. Congratulations- you’ve made it to the end!

The Challenge

For this challenge, I want you to take time to look back at all that you’ve built this summer. You should be proud of all you’ve accomplished! I also want to challenge you to make a plan for the future: how can you realistically continue the momentum you’ve created this summer to ensure that you persist in maintaining and growing your digital presence?

To complete this challenge, you must add a response to our Challenge #6 discussion thread answering some of all of the following questions:

  1. What are you most proud/happy/excited about learning/creating during the HC Summer Camp?
  2. Are there any questions you still have regarding anything that we’ve learned this summer?
  3. How do you plan to continue maintaining and building your digital presence? Which platforms will you update and how often? How will you remember to update them? Make sure that the goals you set are realistic and compatible with your other responsibilities.
  4. Do you have any feedback for myself and the HC team regarding either the HC Summer Camp or HC in general? Is there any way that we can improve? If we were to host another summer camp next year, what would be helpful topics to cover? Is there anything about the HC Summer Camp that you would change or improve? Is there anything that you would like to keep the same?
  5. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

If you’d prefer to share any or all of your responses to the above questions privately, please send them to me either via a private message on Humanities Commons or through my email, CDuffy@mla.org.

Beyond Summer Camp

Thank you again for participating in all of our challenges this summer. The active discussion and community support that you provided is what made this summer camp a success.

If you ever want to check back on our discussions or on any of the challenge blog posts in the future, you will be able to do so: both the site and group will remain online.

Finally, if anyone is interested either in sharing your thoughts on your #HCSummerCamper experience or if you’d like to discuss a project you’ve built on Humanities Commons, I’d love to speak with you! I’m currently seeking HC users to interview for the HC Team Blog. If interested, please send me an email and let me know what you’d like us to discuss.

Final Thoughts

If you’re on Twitter, please share your super-camper status using our #HCSummerCamper hashtag. You should also consider sharing the many things you’ve created and learned throughout our six challenges on social media!

I look forward to hearing your responses to our final reflection and planning challenge.

If you have any questions or if you run into any issues, fear not! Your camp director is here to help. Reach out to the Humanities Commons Summer Camp through any of the following contacts:

Humanities Commons: Post your question/concern as a new discussion thread in our HC Group.

Twitter: @humcommons

Email: CDuffy@mla.org or hello@hcommons.org