On the Benefits of Failure: A Symposium

28.2.2018 / HUMANITIES CENTRE L-1

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Digital Scholars UA is an interdisciplinary digital scholars student group with membership spanning multiple departments across the University of Alberta. The Group provides a space for students to learn about digital tool and techniques through activities, such as workshops, codealongs, roundtables and unconference series.

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