Course Description and Learning Objectives

This course will examine the impact of digital media and technology on the theory and practice of history. Topics include the construction of scholarly websites on historical topics, how research methods and historiography are being transformed by the digitization of primary sources and digital tools, and the significance of new trends such as social and semantic computing for the discipline. Students will investigate the potential advantages and disadvantages of a variety of web technologies and envision their own historical resources that use those technologies.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn research skills appropriate and necessary for conducting research in the digital age
  • Learn to research, write and promote the results of historical research for a general audience
  • Describe historical objects using structured metadata and folksonomies
  • Contribute materials to a digital project on Connecticut and World War I
  • Create a digital exhibit
  • Learn about copyright and preservation issues involving digital projects

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