"Tossing the Term Paper" — Teaching Digital History

Links for AHA/CHNM presentation on January 4, 2009

My blog posts about the planning and implementation of this class can be found here at Techist, my personal blog on teaching and technology.

Course Blog as Content/Course Management System (CMS)

Digital toolbox included:

  • UMWBlogs — a WordPress Multi-User installation [1]
  • Omeka — [2]
  • MIT’s Simile/Timeline — [3]
  • del.icio.us[4]
  • YouTube — [5]
  • Windows Movie Maker

The Projects:

  • Historical Markers Project (HMP) — [6]
  • James Farmer Project (JFP) — [7]
  • James Monroe Papers Project (JMPP) — [8] and [9]
  • Alumni Project (AP) — [10]

Student reflections on the process:

Read the students’ blogs (see blogroll on the left of the course blog) to get a sense of their triumphs and struggles.

For HMP, be sure to check out Elle Weaver’s detailed semester account and Life is Divine Chaos’s discussion of (old school) image acquisitions and the Mud Pit’s wrangling with WordPress Multi-User at UMW (with a little joshing of the professor at the end…).

For JFP, look at the thorough blogging of Sona si latine loqueri, or the first mashup done by MaryH, or the excitement of fixing an error that others had made.

For JMPP, look at The Monroe Hall Doctrine’s numerous postings working on the structure and administrative tasks, and the feeling of anxiety and accomplishment in this late semester post from Digital History: Spring 2K8, and Lisa M’s use of the blog as a log of project updates.

For the AP, see the wry approach to group work taken by The Low Downs, the online version of stand-up seen in Cobbgoblin’s post on video in Simile Timelines, and Juliann’s post on the time-consuming nature of microfilm research and uploading digital video.

And their reflections at the end of the course:

Elle; Matt (official and unofficial); Kelly; A humorous take

[Note: this is just a selection of individual blogs for students from the class, largely done to illustrate specific points for this presentation.]