AHA 2014–Digital History in the Undergraduate Curriculum


Slides in my Google Presentation
[Note: I’m hoping to write this presentation up more fully, but the slides and accompanying links below should give you a sense of the talk.]

Links to my digitally enabled courses — http://mcclurken.org/

UMW History Major Learning Outcome for Digital Literacy (2008)

  1. The ability to find reliable, scholarly, information on topics:
    1. Within gated, subscription databases and in the larger, disorganized online world.
    2. In online archives, museums and institutions of higher education.
  2. The ability to assess and evaluate the reliability of online sources bringing to this newer source of information the skills of judicious, critical skepticism that have long been an indispensable historical tool.
  3. The ability to produce creative, scholarly materials for the digital world that require the same level of rigor historians have applied to writing and publishing traditional papers, presentations, and monographs.
  4. In sum, it is the Department’s goal to insure that its graduates, fluent in all areas related to a student’s major, will be adaptable, reflective consumers and producers of information.


Digital Tools & Techniques in Topics Courses: WordPress, Omeka, Zotero, Pinterest, Twitter, image/audio/video editing, various Google tools

Digital Projects in Topics Courses: Individual and group blogs, online discussions, digitally enabled research logs, digital essays, videos, online exhibits, geospatial visualizations, and digital archives.

Sue Fernsebner’s post on incorporating digital tools into the Methods class

Student Digital Portfolio

Learning Outcomes for Digital Fluency (2012) — from http://qep.umwblogs.org/final-proposals/digital-knowledge-initiative/

  • Students will be able to consume digital information by successfully locating high quality digital information using the Internet and library databases; by safely and effectively exchanging information and ideas online; by using digital information in an ethical manner; and by understanding the social, legal, and cultural issues surrounding the use of digital information.
  • Students will be able to analyze digital information and technologies by evaluating the quality of digital information; by identifying typical components of technology tools and anticipating how to use them; by developing a self-reliant approach to solving technology and information challenges; and by creating digital artifacts specific to content objectives and concepts.
  • Students will be able to express ideas with digital information and media by creatively using digital text, media, and data; by working collaboratively with online digital tools to produce new information resources; by identifying and evaluating digital tools needed for the design and development of projects; and by applying digital technologies in meaningful ways across various disciplines of study.

UMW Domain of One’s Own Initiative