Thursday, January 10, 2013

Digital History at Messiah College

The course still needs to be approved by the Messiah College curriculum committee, but hopefully next Spring we will be offering David Pettegrew's course on digital history.  I am very excited about this opportunity for our students. The digital history course will (again hopefully) be part of a larger revamping of our public history concentration. 

David has posted his syllabus at his blog, Corinthian Matters.  You can read all about it here, but I have posted a very tentative course schedule below:

For texts, I’ll use Roy Rosenzweig’s Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age, New York 2011: Columbia University Press, and Toni Weller (ed), History in the Digital Age, London 2013: Routledge.

And the tentative schedule.

I. DIGITAL HISTORY: INTRODUCTION AND SURVEY
Week 1. Rethinking History in the Digital Age
Feb. 3. Digital History and the Digital Humanities
Feb. 5. The Field of Digital History
Feb. 7. Discussion: Continuities and Changes
 
Week 2. Practicing History in the Digital Age
Feb. 10. Research and Production
Feb. 12. Teaching and Communication
Feb. 14. Best Practices in Digitization
 
Week 3. Surveying History in the Digital Age
Feb. 17. Resources
Feb. 19. Projects
Feb. 21. Applications
 
II. INFORMATION FLUENCY IN DIGITAL HISTORY
Week 4. Creating and Evaluating Historical Knowledge
Feb. 24. Information and Infofluency
Feb. 26. Lab: Wikipedia
Feb. 28. Collaborative Project
 
Week 5. Managing Digital Sources
March 3. Reference Management Applications: Zotero, End Note, and RefWorks
March 5. Lab: Zotero
March 7. Collaborative Project
 
Week 6. Organizing Digital Data
March 10. Databases, Omeka
March 12. Lab: Microsoft Access
March 14. Collaborative Project
 
III. MAKING HISTORY DIGITAL: PRODUCTION
 
Week 7. Websites and Blogs
March 24. Creating a Digital Presence
March 26. Lab: WordPress
March 28. Collaborative Project
 
Week 8. Geographic Information Systems
March 31. GIS and History
April 2. Lab: ArcView
April 4. Collaborative Project
 
Week 9. GIS and 3D Modeling: Google Sketchup
April 7. Collecting Spatial Data
April 9. Lab: Google Sketchup
April 11. Collaborative Project
 
Week 10. Digital Story Telling
April 14. Using Video to Tell a Story
April 16. Lab: Windows Live Movie Maker / iMovie
April 18. GOOD FRIDAY – NO CLASS
 
Week 11. Digital Publication
April 21. EASTER MONDAY – NO CLASS
April 23. Dynamic History Publications
April 25. Lab: iBooks Author
 
Week 12. Final Project
April 28. Final Project
April 30. Final Project
May 2. Final Project
 
Week 13. The Future of the Past
May 5. Presentations of Final Projects
May 7. Final Exam: Presentations and Reflection

The labs and projects will center around four research tracts which I have experience to direct. Students will choose tracts at the start of the semester and work with groups from week 4 on one of these topics:

1) Digital Harrisburg (to be developed)
2) Stouffer Farm and Cemetery Project (a fun local history project I started to investigate an 18th century farm and cemetery in York county)
3) Corinthian Studies (related to this website, among others)
4) The Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project


2 comments:

Alea said...

In case you aren't aware of it, one article to consider assigning is Joshua Sternfeld, "Archival Theory and Digital Historiography: Selection, Search, and Metadata as Archival Processes for Assessing Historical Contextualization," The American Archivist 74.2 (2011): 544-575.

Although Sternfeld examines older digital history websites, many of the issues he raises relate to more recent developments as well.

John Fea said...

Thanks, Alea. I know David P. is checking this post, so I am sure that he will consider this article.