Hannah Hethmon, Your Museum Needs a Podcast: A Step-By-Step Guide to Podcasting on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural Nonprofits (2018) | kindle, paperback, or audiobook
Students will learn to use digital media and computational analysis to further historical practice, presentation, analysis and research primarily for online audiences. Students will use technologies including blogs and social media, online publishing platforms, and mapping tools to create and share historical content with public audiences.
Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
|Date & Topics||Read & Prepare for Class||Tasks To Do|
Week 1: Th 1/10
Topics: Defining Digital History & Becoming Digital Public Historians
Tools: Zotero; Hypothesis
Branding and Becoming a Digital Public Historian
REFLECT 1) With these readings, brainstorm three concepts that you would define as part of your brand. 2) Brainstorm three goals as digital public historians (brand building, refining your internet presence, or building a presence of a certain kind)
Defining Digital History
REFLECT 1) How would you define digital history? What does it and does it not include? 2) What is digital public history? How does it overlap with (and not overlap with) digital history?
|Week 2: Th 1/17
Topics: Defining Digital History & Evaluating Digital History
Tools: Evaluation Rubric & DH Review Guidelines (JAH)
What is Digital History and What does it Contribute to the Field of History?
READ Stephen Robertson, “The Differences Between Digital Humanities and Digital History,”Debates in the Digital Humanities.
REFLECT 1) Continue to refine your definition of digital history - what is it? what does it include (or not include)? 2) What is the relationship between digital history and the larger historical field? How are they distinct? How do they contribute to the other? 3) What is the function of digital history? What does it do?
Getting Acquainted with DH
REFLECT What are two personal goals you have in the class to get more engaged in DH?
Who Makes Digital History?
READ "Sharon Leon, Returning Women to the History of Digital History" - okay to skim this one. Identify her main argument + subpoints, along with some examples
REFLECT 1) Why is this field so male-dominated? How can we move toward equity in this field?
DO Revise your tagline on LinkedIn & on Twitter to reflect your brand.
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 2________________________________
|Week 3: Th 1/24
Tools: Audacity and Sound Cloud
READ Hannah Hethmon, Your Museum Needs a Podcast: A Step-By-Step Guide to Podcasting on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural Nonprofits (2018)
REFLECT 1) What steps would you follow to make a podcast? 2) What are important things to consider when planning and implementing a podcast?
DO Listen to a podcast, map out the organization of it (List time ranges + the structure of the podcast. E.g. 0:00-1:00 opening soundbite; 1:00-1:30 opening music; 1:30-2:00 Welcome)
|Week 4: Th 1/31
Topics: How to Use the Web & Designing Digital Projects
Tools: HistoryPin, Clio, and Building Inspector
DO Create a Wikipedia account. You might prefer to create something more anonymous than your own name.
Defining the Web and How We Can/Should Use It
REFLECT What is the web and what is our relationship to it? How can we use it as public historians? Are there ethical considerations in how we can or how we should use it?
Planning Digital History Projects
REFLECT Project Planning: What key factors should we consider when planning a new digital project? What components do these types of projects typically include?
REFLECT Completion: How do we know when a project is done? How do we ENSURE it gets done? Are digital projects ever done?
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 4________________________________
|Week 5: Th 2/7
Topics: The Crowdsourced Web & Social Media: Collaborative or Exploitative? & Using
REFLECT What is crowdsourcing and how does it fit into our goals as public historians? What factors should we consider when implementing a crowdsourcing project?
REFLECT What are the principles/rules key to Wikipedia? Is Wikipedia good history? How can we use it in a responsible way? Should we, as historians, contribute to Wikipedia? Only 1 long or 2 short comments required per reading this week
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 5________________________________
|Digital Review 1|
|Week 6: Th 2/14
Topics: Digital Archives
Defining Archives & Digital Archives
REFLECT What is an archive vs. a digital archive? How are digital sources different from print sources? What factors do we need to consider in developing digital archives? How do we contextualize digital sources and digitized sources? How do we decide what to digitize?
Preserving Marginalized Voices via Digital Archives
REFLECT How do we integrate and protect marginalized voices in the archive? How do we tackle born digital materials? Can we / should we preserve social media in archival spaces?
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 6 -- Only one long or two short comments per article are required.________________________________
|Podcast + Podcast Docs|
|Week 7: Th 2/21
Topics: Data & Metadata
Data & Historical Research
REFLECT How can concepts of data be useful in historical work? How can data help us tell stories and craft historical narratives? What other uses might data have?
Metadata and Collections
REFLECT What is metadata? Why is it important? What factors should we consider as we conceptualize and create digital projects?
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 7
Digital Review 2 Due Friday
Digital Review 1 - REVISION Due Friday
|Week 8: Th 2/28
WIECK Gone; Amanda Hill (Communication Studies) as Guest Instructor
MEET IN MAC LAB IN TREADAWAY 380
Topics: Digital Storytelling
READ Scot T. Refsland, Marc Tuters, and Jim Cooley, "Geo-Storytelling: A Living Archive of Spatial Culture" (pdf on canvas)
READ Alberto S. Galindo, "Mobile Media After 9/11: The September 11 Memorial & Museum App" (pdf on canvas)
TWITTER x2 Week 8. No Hypothesis this week but please do two sets of tweets.
|Week 9: Th 3/7
Topics: Using Visualization Tools - Maps & Timelines
Tools: StoryMap JS & TimelineJS
REFLECT What is spatial history? How do spatial and digital history overlap? In what ways can we visualize space, time, and space + time? What things do we need to be careful of in visualizing space & time?
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 9
|History Tool Test 1 - Clio, HistoryPin, or Wikipedia|
|Week 10: Th 3/14
SPRING BREAK - NO CLASS
|Week 11: Th 3/21
Topics: Digital analysis: Distant reading, text analysis, visualization
Tools: Voyant & MALLET
Production of Space and Visualization
Text Analysis and Visualization
Other Historical Visualizations
HYPOTHESIS & TWITTER Week 11
|History Tool Test 2 - Omeka or Scalar|
|Week 12: Th 3/28
Wieck Gone | No Class; Submit Social Media Plan online
Topics:Organizational Digital Strategy: Social Media
Social Media Plan Use these readings to create a 2-page social media plan for a local organization. Review their social media accounts, and use these recommendations to make [theoretical] recommendations on how they can strengthen their influence & engagement.
|History Tool Test 3 - StoryMapJS or Timeline JS|
|Week 13: Th 4/4
Topics: Integrating DH into Public History - how does it fit?
READ Trofanenko, Brenda. “Playing into the Past: Reconsidering the Educational Promise of Public History Exhibits.” In Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology, edited by Kevin Kee. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.
Public History, Digital Technology & The Digital Divide
READ Hurley, Andrew. “Chasing the Frontiers of Digital Technology: Public History Meets the Digital Divide” The Public Historian 38, no. 1 (February 2016): 69-88.
HYPOTHESIS Week 13
|Digital Review 3|
|Week 14: Th 4/11
Topics: Ethical Leadership and Communication with Stakeholders; Digital Project Workshop
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Ward
Copyright & Fair Use: SKIM
SKIM Peter B. Hirtle, Emily Hudson, and Andrew T. Kenyon. Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Library, 2009.
BRING TO CLASS Bring written scenarios of a scenario you've experienced that involves your outside partners that didn't result in a mutually beneficial outcome for all parties, and one that did result in a mutually beneficial outcome.
BRING TO CLASS Copy of your Final Project Draft #1 to workshop as a group.
|Final Project Draft 1|
|Week 15: Th 4/18
Easter Break - No Class
|Week 16: Th 4/25
Topics: DH Inclusiveness: Race, Gender, and Disability
HYPOTHESIS Week 16
|Final Project Draft 2|
|Week 17: Th 5/2||Final Project Due by 5PM|
|Component (click on labels for assignment overviews)||Points per assignment||Number of Assignments||Total|
|Hypothes.is + Twitter Each week you'll post at least two substantive comments per reading using Hypothes.is (approx 75 words minimum). You may also reply to classmates and highlight using the tool. Make sure you ar.e signed into the HS7301 Hypothes.is group (these highlights are private to our group) After you've the readings, tweet about your favorite (at least 5 nested links, sharing author and link to article) - should include both summary and commentary. These should all be complete by 6PM on Thursday nights. 10 points per week||10||12||120|
|Digital Reviews Using the JAH model for reviewing scholarship, review three sites over the course of the semester. Revisions required.||25||3||75|
|Podcast Complete a 30-minute podcast with a group + Tool Reflection||50||1||50|
|History Tool Tests Complete small projects practicing using tools learned in class (3 available) + each will include a short reflection on using this tool||25||3||75|
|Final Project & Drafts Plan and Implement a digital project over the course of the semester.||180||1||180|
|Other IThere may be additional opportunities to earn extra points.|
|Attendance Penalty Attendance and participation in this course are key. If a student misses more than two classes, there will be a -10pt penalty/missed class (beyond the first two classes missed). Missing even two classes may impact your engagement in this class.|