Welcome to the Digital Past (section 003).
At its core, this course will prepare you to use and understand a wide variety of current and emerging digital technologies in the service of doing history (and beyond). We’ll explore issues of ethics, copyright & security. We’ll discuss how historians find and use digital information for their own research. We’ll also experiment with a wide variety of online tools and technologies, including maps, data visualizations, HTML, CSS & advanced searching, among others. Over the course of the semester, you will use these technologies to help you answer questions about a historical topic of your choosing for a final project, which you’ll publish on either WordPress, or–if you’re feeling ambitious–on a site you design yourself.
This site will house the core information for a successful semester, including course requirements, and up-to-date schedule (please rely on the information here and not on the paper syllabus for due dates, et cetera), and the policies governing the class. Please read it thoroughly and bookmark it.
Prior to our first meeting on Thursday, August 29th, please make sure to complete the course work listed in the schedule and answer the very brief student survey.
See you then!