Primary Source Learning Outcomes (PSU Workshop #2)
For participants in the Penn State University virtual workshop:
How to Improve Pedagogical Design for Primary Source Literacy
Thursday, August 12, 2021
2:00 pm Eastern
Please anonymously write and share 2 learning outcomes by midnight on Sunday, August 8, 2021.
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Which learning objective in the Primary Source Literacy Guidelines is the basis for your learning outcomes?
1A - Distinguish between primary & secondary sources
1B - Brainstorm possible primary sources for a project
1C - Generate research questions based on primary sources
1D - Understand that research is iterative - sources inform Qs, Qs inform sources
2A - Identify where primary sources might be found
2B - Search for and locate primary sources. Use tools like catalogs and finding aids.
2C - Know the difference between descriptions about sources that are found online + digitized sources
2D - Understand how the historical record is shaped. Understand that some evidence never existed, didn't survive, or is not publicly accessible.
2E - Recognize how institutional/platform access policies differ and affect use of primary sources.
3A - Read and examine a source. Read script, font, language; understand or operate a technology; comprehend vocabulary, syntax, communication norms, etc.
3B - Identify and communicate information in a source. Summarize content; identify key components such as format, how created, by whom, when, etc.
3C - Understand iterations (excerpts, transcriptions, translations) + transformations (publishing, copying)
4A - Assess the appropriateness of a primary source for a project.
4B - Critically evaluate perspectives of creators. Recognize tone and bias. Determine original purposes and audiences.
4C - Situate a primary source in context. Context may be historical, cultural, biographical, technical, or curatorial.
4D - Identify, interrogate, and consider silences, gaps, contradictions, power in the documentary record.
4E - Factor physical and material elements into interpretation of primary sources.
4F - Demonstrate historical empathy, curiosity about the past, and appreciation for historical actors.
5A - Synthesize a variety of sources to construct, support, or dispute an argument.
5B - Respect privacy rights and cultural contexts when using primary sources.
5C - Cite appropriately.
5D - Adhere to copyright and privacy laws when using primary sources.
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