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Manufacturing Pasts: Opening Britain's Industrial Past to New Learners and New Technologies

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This presentation was given at the ALT-C Conference in Manchester, UK, on 11 September 2012. It describes the work of the Manufacturing Pasts project, which digitises and creates open learning materials on the topic of British industrial history.

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Manufacturing Pasts: Opening Britain's Industrial Past to New Learners and New Technologies

  1. 1. Manufacturing Pasts: Opening Britain’s Industrial Past to New Learners and New Technologies www.le.ac.uk/manufacturingpasts Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellowwww.le.ac.uk
  2. 2. What will we talk about?• Project rationale• How are we doing it?• Breakthroughs: – Images – Mobile – Research – Social Media – Fires• Evaluation Photo by esrad on Flickr
  3. 3. Why do we need Manufacturing Pasts?• No historiography of British industrial decline• What about the people?• Dead zone: 70s – 90s• Locked away• Open materials Photo by Wesley Fryer on Flickr
  4. 4. Listen to the professor… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVN4OOpKGMQ
  5. 5. How are we doing it?• East Midlands Oral History Archive -- le.ac.uk/emoha• Myleicestershire.org.uk• Special collections – library and records office• New work• OERs - Mashups
  6. 6. Exampleswww.le.ac.uk/manufacturingpasts• Prezi• YouTube• Flickr• Audioboo• Powerpoint ‘apps’• Ebooks
  7. 7. Breakthroughs: Image-led
  8. 8. Breakthroughs: Mobile
  9. 9. Breakthroughs: ResearchAnalyzing and drawing conclusions from primary sources,including image-based sources, is a key skill for historians andspecialists in many fields, and utilising digitised primarysources has been effective in building such skills (Tally &Goldenberg, 2005)
  10. 10. Breakthroughs: Social Media
  11. 11. Breakthroughs: Fires
  12. 12. Evaluation• “it gives us a place to start; otherwise, you don’t know where to start” [studying a topic]• “an overview, but with some detail”• Scholarly connections – Gender issues – Philanthropy of industrial leaders – Loss of community when manufacturing failed
  13. 13. Embedding in learning• Gobbet papers• Seminars around some of the materials; group work• ‘Transformations’ module assessment will be built around• PGCE Geography assessment will be built around• PhD and Masters students will be introduced to these as research sources
  14. 14. The story so far… Anyquestions?www.le.ac.uk/manufacturingpasts
  15. 15. References• Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicestere. (2010). OTTER: Open, Transferable and Technology-enabled Educational Resources — University of Leicester. University of Leicester website. Retrieved March 12, 2012, from http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research- alliance/projects/otter• Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. (2011). OSTRICH: OER Sustainability through Teaching & Research Innovation: Cascading across HEIs — University of Leicester. University of Leicester website. Retrieved March 12, 2012, from http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research- alliance/projects/ostrich• Tally, B., & Goldenberg, L. B. (2005). Fostering Historical Thinking With Digitized Primary Sources. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 5191, 1-21. Retrieved from http://students.stritch.edu/dlcaven/Article2/DigitizedPrimarySources.pdf•

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