Teaching Digital History
As Digital History becomes more prevalent, it is crucial to study the development of the relationship between the discipline of history and computing tools, focusing on the ways that knowledge is constructed, maintained, processed, understood, and communicated through a combination of theoretical and hands-on courses. Readings courses engage the question of why digital historians create archival collections, databases, and digitized objects and critically examine how they use computational methods to analyze humanities materials in digital form and address scholarly questions about these sources. Students discuss the impact that presenting scholarship only in digital formats, making it accessible electronically and, more important, able to be transmuted, multiplied, revised, and reconstituted, has on the discipline of history. In Digital History research seminars, students are encouraged to develop their own models of digital scholarship by using digital tools to conduct research and communicate their findings. Teaching Digital History involves methodological questions, narrative theories, computational programming, technical writing, group projects, and digital media productions. This section contains links to undergraduate and graduate student projects and course syllabi.