Schedule and Links for AHA 2014 Getting Started in Digital History Workshop -- Teaching Digital History  

Jeff McClurken, University of Mary Washington 



  1. Introduction
  2. Digitally inflected versus digitally centered courses
  3. Overview of my own Digital History courses
  1. Goals
  2. Class structure
  3. Projects
  1. Finding syllabi for other digital humanities courses
  2. Discussion of key issues for creating a course with digital pedagogy
  1. Digitally inflected content class or digitally centered class
  1. (Related) -- Class size? Class level (what year)?
  1. Group vs. individual projects
  2. Student technical skills
  1. Link to student skills pre-assessment survey that I use 
  2. Another sample survey from Caleb McDaniel (Rice)
  1. What tools will you offer them to use?
  1. Single tool vs. multiple vs. toolbox
  1. Finding the right sources/projects/approaches
  2. Partnerships?
  3. Grading the digital project
  4. Explaining to your colleagues (and your students) why this is relevant
  1. Workshop your own classes (in small groups)
  1. How would you create a digitally enabled class or add a digital project to one of your classes (or those of a colleague)?
  2. Discuss your priorities/goals
  3. Think about the major choices discussed in issues section above (5a-h).
  4. By the end, try to have a:
  1. Course or project title
  2. Key goals (2-3)
  3. Major assignment and/or project and/or structure for the course
  4. Decision on Individual vs. group projects
  5. Brief justification for why your department/school needs this project/class.
  1. If time, share with neighboring groups.
  1. Final thoughts

Session Links (Add your own at the bottom)

  1. Examples of my digitally inflected courses
  1. US History in Film, History of American Technology & Culture, History of the Information Age
  2. Small scope optional digital essays from Fall 2013 History of US Mental Institutions Class and US Women’s History
  1. Adventures in Digital History -- HIST 471C3/428
  1. 2008 Course Site; 2010 Course Site; 2012 course site
  1. Class components
  1. 2012 Class Syllabus
  2. Digital Tool Kit
  1. “digital toolbox” for students to use – UMWBlogs (WordPress), Omeka ( -- hosted), timeline authoring tools such as  Simile Timeline (also available as a WordPress plugin) and Neatline (for Omeka), basic video/audio editing tools, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr.
  1. Sample Group Contract
  1. My ProfHacker piece on using Student Contracts
  1. 2008 Projects
  1. Historical Markers Project
  2. UMW Alumni Project
  3. James Farmer Project
  4. James Monroe Papers Project
  1. 2010 Projects
  1. UMW Images Project
  2. Life and Legacy of Mary Ball Washington
  3. James Monroe’s Letters as Minister to France
  4. City of Hospitals: Fredericksburg in the Civil War
  1. 2012 Projects
  1. James Monroe Museum Political Cartoons
  2. James Farmer Lectures Project
  3. UMW Buildings Project
  4. Southeast Virginia Historical Markers Project -- A New Locale
  1. Domain of One’s Own Project at UMW 
  2. My blog posts on the course (and other digitally inflected courses)
  1. A Few Student Reflections on Digital Projects/Blogging
  1. Be sure to check out Elle W.’s detailed semester account and the Mud Pit’s wrangling with WordPress at UMW (with a little teasing of the professor at the end…), while the post title says it all about this student’s reaction to the end of the semester and of blogging in this FSEM course.
  1. Other Digital History/Digital Humanities Courses
  1. Lisa Spiro’s presentation on and collection of 134 Digital Humanities syllabi 
  1. Lisa’s DH Education Zotero Group
  2. Tad Suiter’s DH Syllabi Zotero Group
  1. George Mason University
  1. Clio Wired for graduate students
  1. Clio Wired -- Theory and Practice of Digital History: Dan Cohen; Sharon Leon.
  2. Clio 2--History and New Media (Paula Petrik)
  3. Teaching & Learning History in the Digital Age -- Mills Kelly
  1. Undergraduate digital history -- The Digital Past -- Dan Cohen, Amanda French, Sharon Leon
  1. Other courses
  1. Digital History Seminar at UVA by Scot French and Bill Ferster (2007)
  2. Digital Historian’s Toolkit at Stanford by Cameron Blevins (Fall 2012)
  3. History in the New Media at NYU by Cathy Hajo
  4. Digital History Masterclass at Rice by Caleb McDaniel (Fall 2012)
  1. McDaniel’s Civil War class at Rice, which produced an Omeka exhibit 
  2. See other digitally inflected classes of McDaniel’s on his site.
  1. Intro to the Digital Humanities at Worcester State by Tona Hangen (Winter 2012)
  1. See other digitally inflected classes of Hangen on her site.
  1. Digital History at IUPUI by Jason Kelly (Spring 2013)
  2. Wheaton College Digital History Project -- Several of Kathryn Tomasek’s classes have added to this project.
  3. Undergrad/Grad “introductory” course and graduate seminars offered at University of Nebraska offered by Doug Seefeldt and Will Thomas,
  4. Doug Seefeldt’s Digital History Courses at Ball State
  5. Digitally inflected Introduction to Public History course at UNC-Chapel Hill (Anne Whisnant) 
  6. Jack Dougherty, Trinity College (CT) -- Education Reform Past & Present, and the historical project in Cities, Suburbs & Schools,
  7. Digital Humanities at Catholic University School of Library and Information Science, Kevin Gunn, Washington, DC
  1. Non-history digitally enabled courses
  1. Other projects at UMW
  1. Bernini Exhibit (Art History) --
  2. Venice --
  3. 18th C. Audio (English) --
  1. Davidson College’s Physics Department --

  1. Links related to our discussion topics
  1. Example of Individual Projects contributing to greater whole
  2. My ProfHacker post on Students as Tech Mentors
  3. Century America is a course being taught in Spring 2014 with students from 11 schools creating individual pieces that contribute to a larger digital project.
  4. History Engine is an ongoing project requiring low technical skills, individual project (that contributes to larger whole).
  5. History Harvest -- From Will Thomas and UNL -- allows classes to go into their community to collect, digitize, and curate local primary source materials.
  6. Jointly created rubric for grading DH project
  7. Blog Consent Form from Caleb McDaniel’s classes (example)
  8. Assessing contributions from group projects -- Group Project/Collaboration Feedback Form, Sarah Spangler/Shelley Rodrigo, Old Dominion University

  1. Other articles relevant to teaching a digital humanities class
  1. Jeremy Boggs, Three Roles for Teachers using Technology
  2. Brian Croxall, Teaching Digital Humanities 
  3. Amy Cavender, Integrating a Digital Project into a Class (Part 1 & Part 2)
  4. Tanya Clement, Digital Literacy for the Dumbest Generation – A Working Bibliography of Undergraduate Programs Inflected by the Digital Humanities in 2010
  5. Leslie Madsen-Brooks on Students as Curators
  6. From Writing History in the Digital Age, edited by Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty --
  1. The Wheaton College Digital History Project: Undergraduate Research in a Local Collection (Kathryn Tomasek)
  2. Towards Teaching the Introductory History Course, Digitally (Tom Harbison and Luke Waltzer)
  3. Learning How to Write Traditional and Digital History (Adrea Lawrence)
  1. From Hacking the Academy, edited by Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt --
  1. Boone Gorges, On the communal v. the individual student voice
  2. Mills Kelly, You Were Warned, on Mills Kelly’s class on The Last Pirate
  1. Teaching DH 101 -- NITLE Webinar with recording
  2. Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age -- Links from a recent presentation on the topic

  1. Tools
  1. Digital Publishing Tools 
  2. Geography & Geospatial Visualization Tools
  3. Research/Bibliographic Tools 
  4. Data Visualization Tools
  5. Collaborative Writing Tools
  6. Video/Audio Resources for Class
  7. Multimedia Editing Tools
  8. Social Media Tools
  1. Articles on Teaching with Social Media
  1. Other Tools/Concepts

Links that come out of our Workshop -- Add your own here

Have you created a digital class that isn’t listed above?  Add a link to your course site/syllabus here.

Share your ideas for a digitally enabled course here.