Digital Pedagogy

Our final week of readings focused on teaching digital methods to students of all ages. Arguably, two of this week’s readings could have been assigned in previous weeks. The article on video games could be used in the week on video games and history, and Dan Cohen’s piece on the structure of digital history education … [Read more]

Intellectual Property & the Digital

In library school one of my two favorite classes was Legal Issues in Information Handling: Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Age, taught by the excellent Dr. Kip Currier. We explored all manner of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyright. We read Kembrew McLeod’s Freedom of Expression, James Boyle’s The Public … [Read more]

Digital Scholarship

Digital scholarship is defined in the readings as scholarship that is created using digital tools and is presented in a digital format. In order to be effective, digital scholarship needs to be interactive; use several methods of communication, such as videos and still images, that are integrated with the text; and provide access to primary sources either … [Read more]

Games as History?

I am not an avid user of games, and the last time I remember playing them was in elementary school, when I used Oregon Trail and Number Munchers. I had never considered games to be a form of serious history prior to doing this week’s readings, and learned quite a lot about how they can be used to engage … [Read more]

Discussion Reflection

These are the questions Ron and I came up with on the topic of crowdsourcing: 1. What is crowdsourcing, and how do you, as a historian, feel about crowd-sourced history? 2. In Leslie Madsen-Brooks’ blog, she talks about Consensus vs. Expertise in Wikipedia creating a “collision of cultures.” What does she mean? Do you think … [Read more]

Not So Bad After All: Crowdsourcing History

In library school we had many discussions about crowdsourcing and the perils of Wikipedia. One of my professors thought Wikipedia was an undeniable evil, creating and promoting inaccurate information for everyone to see and access. Another professor thought Wikipedia was fantastic since it involved people in the production and promulgation of knowledge. I tend to … [Read more]

Online Public History

I was excited to do the readings this week since they are discussing public history. Since I am hoping to go into public history I was curious to see what this week’s articles would say about how public history can be applied to the web, the challenges that entails, and how putting history online is … [Read more]

Visualizations, Networks, and Mapping the Republic of History

Visualizing historical data in the form of networks comes with many problems and benefits. The definition of visualization, as found in Theibault’s article, is “the organization of meaningful information into two or three dimensional spatial form intended to further a systematic inquiry.” Networks are made up of nodes, which are the connection points, and edges, which … [Read more]