Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media


Participate in Class [10%]

Seminar participation begins, obviously, with attendance, but it requires more than attendance. You need to come to class prepared to exchange ideas about the documents or texts assigned for that meeting and the topics they raise, to raise questions and to speculate. You grade does not depend on providing the ‘right answers’ in seminars; it will reflect what you contribute to our discussions. That does not mean that you can get a good grade solely by having something to say in class, regardless of what you say. You will earn a good grade for this part of course by making thoughtful contributions that reflect careful reading and consideration of the questions raised by what you have read.

Lead Discussion [10%]

You will be responsible for leading the discussion for a week of the class (Depending on numbers, you may collaborate with another student on this assignment). Prepare a set of discussion questions.  Your questions need to be open-ended, and to address topics and themes rather than individual readings. After the class, you will will write a blog post reflecting on the class discussion: how effective were your questions in engaging the class; what issues emerged in the discussion; did the discussion change your thinking on any topics?

  • Discussion questions due by midnight on the Sunday before the class meeting
  • Blog post reflecting on the discussion due by midnight on the Friday after the class meeting
  • No late work will be accepted.

Blog the Readings [20%]

Before each class, complete a blog post that reflects on that week’s readings. Do not summarize the readings. Rather, your post should explore your reactions to the texts: what questions did they raise? What themes or issues emerged across the different readings? As the semester proceeds, you should also consider how the week’s topic and readings relate to those from preceding weeks.

  • The post is due by midnight on the Sunday before the class meeting.
  • No late work will be accepted.

Blog the Practicums [20%]

After each of the first 9 classes, complete a blog post discussing your work on the practicum for that class. Describe what you found, and, when you used a digital tool, your process (was the documentation clear? did you have any problems in using the tool?)

  • The post is due by midnight on the Friday after the class meeting
  • No late work will be accepted.

Project [40%]

Complete a historical analysis using digital methods. You should work on a topic and sources related to your research interests. You can use any of methods we cover in the course. Writing an essay and putting it online in WordPress is not using a digital method. You could build an online exhibit in Omeka or Scalar, or use mapping, text mining, topic modeling or network analysis. The entry-level tools that we are examining in this course lend themselves to discovery rather than investigation; hence, your project will be testing whether a digital method offers a new perspective rather than offering a explanation or argument.

In addition to the project, you are required to complete a blog post reflecting on the process of completing the assignment: what problems, if any, did you have in applying your chosen method and using digital tools?

  • You will give a 3-minute presentation of your work-in-progress in the final class on December 1
  • The project and blog post are due by midnight on Friday, December 12
  • No late work will be accepted