Category Archives: Teaching and Learning History in the Digital Age

Questions on Teaching History

The ask of teaching history has a few issues that need to be addressed in order to be effective. The first is how to get the students to think about history as something other than a series of randoms facts and events. One of the ways I can think of to do this is to highlight that history is more about the story of what happened, rather than this thing happened then and was followed by this.

Another key question has to do with the design aspect of teaching: how to go about telling this story. In my work in the Digital Humanities this has two parts, how to structure the content and what technology will be used. Most of my work to this point has been in using Omeka, which brings in a wide range of metadata for an item and presents it in an exhibit alongside content. Other examples I’ve seen are network analyses that show the connections between people, places, and events.

One main question about teaching history is how to get the students engaged in learning history. This goes hand-in-hand with my first question, but it also highlights how they are still learning how to do history. One of the things I personally include in my projects is to have a wide range of media: photos, videos, text, etc. I do this because as a student of history myself, having too much text based material (especially in an online setting) can become cumbersome.

Introduction for Teaching and Learning History in the Digital Age

Hello,

I am currently enrolled in the MA in History program alongside the DH Certificate at George Mason University, and just completed my first year. I have also completed an advanced degree in Educational Multimedia, and one of my goals for this particular class is to see how I can use the knowledge from that coursework within the realm of history. I ultimately plan to work in a library or museum setting dealing with their digital projects, whether it’s digitizing their collection or creating online exhibits. I currently work with this at Fenwick Library, as the Digital Humanities Graduate Research Assistant. I feel that this course will blend my interests in education and history in an exciting way.