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  1. 1. The History of Digital History Teaching – c. 1980-2017 Adam Crymble University of Hertfordshire
  2. 2. Sources • Discussion Groups • c. 1987-2017 • Blog Posts • c. 2000-2017 • Twitter & Social Media • c. 2008-2017 • Course Syllabi • c. 2003-2017
  3. 3. Simple Timeline of Digital Pedagogy • Cliometrics, economic history, social history, demographic history • Statistics! • Computer as calculator • Doing historical research. Up to 1980s
  4. 4. Up to 1980s
  5. 5. Off-the-Shelf Software • 2001 – Nancy Ide, programming skills are ‘no longer necessary’ for computer- assisted work. • Change driven by Silicon Valley, not DH world. The 1990s-2000s
  6. 6. The New Millennium Public History Mass Digitisation ‘Big Data’ Plurality of ‘Digitals’
  7. 7. What not to teach • Marc Perry • ‘Yawning’ about tenure. • Ryan Cordell • DH by Candlelight • Andrew Goldstone • Slow down… The Grey Literature
  8. 8. The Digital History Syllabus Corpus • 126 ‘digital history’ syllabi • 83 unique courses; 43 revised. • Canada, USA, England • Incomplete, but probably pretty good coverage 2003-2017
  9. 9. Individual Influence
  10. 10. Gender Bias N = 49 N = 8 N = 7
  11. 11. Geographical Distribution Syllabi Per Country Per Year Virginia
  12. 12. ‘Elite’ Teaching • Harvard • Cornell • Columbia • Pennsylvania • Princeton • Dartmouth • Brown • Yale US Ivy League • McGill • Toronto • UBC • Queen’s • Alberta • McMaster • Dalhousie Canadian Medical/Doctoral • Birmingham • Bristol • Cambridge • Durham • Exeter • KCL • Leeds • Liverpool • LSE UK Russell Group • Manchester • Newcastle • Nottingham • Oxford • Sheffield • Southampto n • UCL • Warwick • York • Ottawa • Calgary • Montreal • Laval • Sherbrooke • Manitoba • Saskatchewan • Western
  13. 13. Classification of Syllabi A. Balance between ‘History’ and ‘Digital’ B. Type of ‘Digital History’ C. Specific Content
  14. 14. Degree of Historical Emphasis • Cameron Blevins, first ‘history first’ class, 2012. History of the American West. • ‘History first’ growing in England • ‘Moderate’ more likely to be American & local history • Nearly HALF have NO substantial historical content N = 83
  15. 15. Approach to Teaching • Quant is out • Skills gap? • Public History • Until 2014 • USA/Canada • Programming & Data Analysis • from 2013 • Survey • c. 2010-2016 (multiple categories possible) N = 83
  16. 16. Specific Content • Project vs Essay • Blogging, but why? • Schön, The Reflective Practitioner • Graham – community building • Torget & McDaniel – cross Uni collaboration in Texas • Cohen & Rosenzweig • Still relevant? • Historiography • Rare but rising • Blog posts more common. (multiple categories possible) N = 83
  17. 17. The Historical Trajectory • 1950-1990s: Statistics and ‘computing’ • Late 90s-2010: Public History • 2010-Present: • ‘Tools’ & Programming • Data Analysis & Big Data • Broad Survey, no history • History first emerging in England.
  18. 18. Select Syllabi Worth Reading • Douglas Seefeldt, ‘History and Digital Media’, University of Virginia, 2003. • William J. Turkel, ‘Digital History: Methods for the Infinite Universe’, Western University, 2006. • Mills Kelly, ‘Lying About the Past’, George Mason University, 2008. • Dan Cohen, ‘Clio Wired’, George Mason University, 2009. • Cathy Moran, ‘Creating Digital History’, NYU, 2011. • Cameron Blevins, ‘The Digital Historian’s Toolkit’, Stanford University, 2012. • Kyle Roberts, ‘Digital History: The Nineteenth Century City’, Loyola University, 2013. • Caleb McDaniel, ‘Digital History Methods’, Rice University, 2014. • Fred Gibbs, ‘Digital Mapping’, University of New Mexico, 2014. • Adam Crymble, ‘Digital Histories Workshop’, University of Hertfordshire, 2014. • Anne Mitchell Whisnant, ‘Introduction to Public History’, UNC Chapel Hill, 2014. • John Garrigus, ‘Transatlatic Revolutions and Transformations’, U. Texas at Arlington, 2016. • Shawn Graham, ‘Digital History Methods’, Carleton University, 2016.
  19. 19. The History of Digital History Teaching – c. 1980-2017 Adam Crymble

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