I met with my digital history graduate seminar for the first time this week. [as you all know, I was at a conference across the pond. My substitute showed students how to do blogs, all the while saying she thought they were useless — perhaps I should have her read this article?]
The first session went pretty well, considering the class is very large for a graduate seminar, it’s a classroom designed for 40 students with computers at each desk, making eye contact between students difficult, and having been away a week, I was off my game. I found that students don’t like reading about media theory (no surprise there).
The students have a very wide range of experience — one student has her own website, blog, and used to run a listserv, while others are very new to these technologies — many of them use Facebook but have never used blogs. So it will be a challenge to keep in interesting for the technologically savvy without overwhelming the others.
Hi, Knitting Clio! If you have not already seen the recent “Interchange” in the JAH, “The Promise of Digital History,” you might find it of interest: http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/jah/95.2/interchange.html
I look forward to reading more updates on your class. I’m particularly interested in reading your thoughts on what worked and what didn’t work. And also on how “doing” digital history might change how students think about history.