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use technologies including blogs and social media, online publishing platforms, and mapping tools to create and share historical content with public audiences.
Professional interaction and networking involves respect, open dialogue, and timely responses. In this course, all students will aim to prioritize these skills.
|Date & Topics||Read & Prepare for Class||Tasks To Do|
Class 1: M 1/13
Topics: Defining Digital History & Becoming Digital Public Historians
OHP: Project intro, needs assessment & scoping
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?
**Note: I've included these reflection questions to help you prepare for classes. You might jot some notes for yourself to prepare, but you'll not need to submit anything to me.**
Branding and Becoming a Digital Public Historian
READ Prof Hacker, "Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics" (8 mins) Note: this is a bit dated
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)________________________________
HYPOTHESIS: Post at least 10 substantive comments with Hypothesis (40 words min.) on these assigned readings, spread throughout the readings. Be sure to post into the HS7310 Hypothes.is group. Due by 6PM before Mon class.
|Class 2: W 1/15
Topics: Defining Digital History & Evaluating Digital History; Evaluation Rubric & DH Review Guidelines (JAH)
OHP: Needs assessment, scoping, & review existing dataset
What is Digital History and What does it Contribute to the Field of History?
READ Stephen Robertson and Lincoln Mullen, et al, "Digital History and Argument" - click on white paper link to read (50 mins)
READ "Creative and Critical Precepts for Digital Humanities Projects" - Click on the four sub-categories in the left column: 1) Access, 2) Material Conditions, 3) Method, and 4) Ontologies and Epistemologies (8 mins)
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?
Who Makes Digital History?
REFLECT 1) Why is this field so male-dominated? 2) How can we move toward equity in this field?
Getting Acquainted with DH
REFLECT 1.) What are two personal goals you have in the class to get more engaged in DH? 2). Analyze these DH maps -- what do they show? what information do they convey in the visualization and the text that accompanies them? what's their purpose?________________________________
|Class 3: M 1/20 NO CLASS
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). You can reach out to Hannah on twitter with any questions at @hannah_rfh
REFLECT What steps would you follow to make a podcast? 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)
|Class 4: W 1/22
Topics: How to Use the Web & Designing Digital Projects
OHP: Discuss existing dataset
Skills: Project Management
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?
Transformative Possibilities of Digital Humanities
REFLECT What problems face digital humanists? In what ways do the digital humanities have the potential for overturning colonialism, white supremacy, toxic masculinity, and other problems faced by our society? Should digital humanities be employed to counter these things?
Planning Digital History Projects
READ "Building Histories of the National Mall: A Guide to Creating a Digital Public History Project" (55 mins) - digital project in link below
REFLECT What key factors should we consider when planning a new digital project? What components do these types of projects typically include? What can we learn from the National Mall walk-through of their project? How do we know when a project is done? How do we ENSURE it gets done? Are digital projects ever done?
Digital History Projects
|Analysis of OHP dataset|
|Class 5: M 1/27
Topics: Data & Metadata
OHP: Tech evaluation and community engagement plan
Tools: Dublin Core; Zotero
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?
Digital History Projects & Data
READ Jason Heppler, "Renewing Inequality and Mapping Inequality" (PDF on canvas; 10 mins)________________________________
|Class 6: W 1/29
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
READ Magdalena Zaborowska, "Black Matters of Value: Archiving James Baldwin's House as a Virtual Writer's Museum" (PDF on Canvas; 41 mins)
READ Decolonizing the Archive (Wieck waiting for PDF from ILL)
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?________________________________
|OHP Plan Data Collection & Community Engagement Plan|
|Class 7: M 2/3
Topics: Using Visualization Tools - Mapping and Spatial Analysis
OHP: Checkin with OHP
Tools: StoryMap JS & TimelineJS
Spatial History & Visualization
READ Erin McElroy, "The Digital Humanities, American Studies, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project" (PDF on Canvas; 12 mins)
READ Monica Munoz Martinez, "Mapping Segregated Histories" (PDF on Canvas; 14 mins)
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?________________________________
|Class 8: W 2/5
Topics: Digital analysis: Distant reading, text analysis, visualization
Text Analysis and Visualization
Other Historical Visualizations
|Class 9: M 2/10
Topics: Organizational Digital Strategy: Social Media
OHP: Project Pitches
Social Media in Cultural Institutions
DO Examine a local organization. Review their social media accounts, and use these recommendations to make [theoretical] recommendations on how they can strengthen their influence & engagement in a 1-page report.
Using Social Media Data in DH Projects
READ Jordan Buysse, Alicia Caticha, Alyssa Collins, Justin Greenlee, Sarah McEleney, Joseph Thompson, "DASH Amerikan: Keeping Up with the Social Media Ecologies of the Kardashians" (PDF on Canvas) (5 mins)
Technology, Cultural Preservation, and Controversy
|Project Pitch to OHP|
|Class 10: W 2/12
Topics: The Crowdsourced WebOHP: Address revisions based on OHP feedback
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?________________________________
|Project revisions - Address revisions suggested by OHP|
|Class 11: M 2/17
Topics: Integrating DH into Public History - how does it fit?OHP: Check in with OHP
Public History, Digital Technology & The Digital Divide
READ Andrew Hurley, “Chasing the Frontiers of Digital Technology: Public History Meets the Digital Divide” (PDF on canvas; 35 mins)
|Digital Review 2|
|Class 12: W 2/19
Topics: DH Inclusiveness: Race, Gender, and Disability
READ Aimi Hamraie, "Mapping Access: Digital Humanities, Disability Justice, and Sociospatial Practice" (PDF on Canvas; 49 mins)
READ Linda Garcia Merchant, "Chicana Feminism Virtually Remixed" (PDF on Canvas; 4 mins))
READ H. N. Lukes and David J. Kim, "Becoming Digital, Becoming Queer" (PDF on Canvas; 6 mins)________________________________
|Project Draft 1|
|Class 13: M 2/24
Topics: Workshop Project Components; Practice Presentations
|Project Draft 2|
|Class 14: W 2/26
Topics: Final Presentations to OHP
|Component (click on labels for assignment overviews)||Points per assignment||Number of Assignments||Total|
|Hypothes.is For each class, you'll post at least ten substantive comments using Hypothes.is (at least 40 words minimum), and these should be spread throughout the readings. These can include replies to classmates. Make sure you are signed into the HS7310 Hypothes.is group (these comments are private to our group), and any highlights you make without comments will remain private to you. These should all be complete by 6PM for each class session.
**can complete additional weeks for extra credit**
|Digital Reviews Using the JAH model for reviewing scholarship, review two sites over the course of the semester. Revisions required.||75||2||150|
|Podcast Complete a 30-minute podcast with a group + Reflection||100||1||100|
|Final Project & Drafts Plan and implement a digital project in consultation of the OHP over the course of the semester.||500||1||500|
|Other There 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 -20pt penalty/missed class (beyond the first two classes missed). Missing even two classes may impact your engagement in this class.|
|F||less than 600|