The session will be led by William G. Thomas, chair of the History Department at the University of Nebraska and one of the geniuses behind this new approach to public and digital history. Here is a description of the seminar:
The History Harvest project provides students a unique and transformative hands-on experience with historical work. Students, with the guidance of a faculty member, work as a team to plan, organize, and promote each harvest and then process and analyze the artifacts and oral history interviews they collect. As a digital initiative, the project takes advantage of innovative new technologies to engage students in a community of scholars—building history, reflecting on historical change, collaborating to create interpretive accounts of the materials they collect, and sharing what they find with others. This seminar will cover the development of the project, the lessons learned from teaching the History Harvest class over two semesters in 2011 and 2012, as well as opportunities for other colleges to collaborate with the project in the 2013-2014 academic year. Participants will leave with insight into best practices for authentic learning, integrating such projects into undergraduate courses, community engagement processes, and infrastructure standards.
Want to prepare for the seminar? Here are some readings:
- William G. Thomas, Patrick D. Jones, and Andrew Witmer, “History Harvests: What Happens When Students Collect and Digitize the People’s History,” Perspectives on History (January 2013)
- “History Harvest Project May Spawn a New Kind of MOOC,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (Wired Campus Blog), Marc Parry, December 21 2012.
- Marilyn Lombardi, “Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An Overview,” Educause Learning Initiative (January 1, 2007)
- Marilyn Lombardi, “Approaches That Work: How Authentic Learning is Transforming Higher Education,” Educause Learning Initiative (July 2007)