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Manufacturing Pasts: Making the history accessible


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This paper was presented to the London Digital Humanities Group on 30 April, 2013, at University of London.

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Manufacturing Pasts: Making the history accessible

  1. 1. Pasts:Making the history accessibleLondon Digital Humanities Group, 30 April 2013Terese BirdLearning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow
  2. 2. What will we talk about?• Making the historyaccessible• Audiences• Evolving needs fordigital humanitiesPhoto by esrad on Flickr
  3. 3. Making the history accessible• No historiography of British industrial decline• Dead zone: 70s – 90s• Locked away• Open materials• Capture it now• Not didactic but context• AccessiblePhoto by Wesley Fryer on Flickr
  4. 4. Fires – the need to capture now
  5. 5. Accessible – how?• Saw connections, made the mashups• Created a website ontop of the database• Used social media• Visited classes, groups,record office, libraries,conferences• Made everythingdownloadable, mobile• iTunes U
  6. 6. On the website you can listen to theprofessor…
  7. 7. Social Media: everyone joins in(Flickr, Prezi, Youtube,, Twitter)
  8. 8. Mobile
  9. 9. Audiences• College librarians• College students –extended project• Currently-enrolleduniversity students• Local community• Local historians• Digital humanitiesscholars
  10. 10. Evolving Needs for the Digital HumanitiesToolkit for researchers:• Using visual sources inhistorical research• Using oral testimony inhistorical research• Provenance, judgementTools for students & teachers:• Glossary, reference• How to make your own• How to reference
  11. 11. Key SkillsAnalyzing 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)
  12. 12. The storyso far…Anyquestions?
  13. 13. Embedding in learning• Gobbet papers• Seminars around some of the materials; group work• ‘Transformations’ module assessment will be builtaround• PGCE Geography assessment will be built around• PhD and Masters students will be introduced tothese as research sources
  14. 14. References• Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicestere. (2010). OTTER: Open,Transferable and Technology-enabled Educational Resources — University ofLeicester. University of Leicester website. Retrieved March 12, 2012, from• Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. (2011). OSTRICH: OERSustainability through Teaching & Research Innovation: Cascading across HEIs —University of Leicester. University of Leicester website. Retrieved March 12, 2012,from• Tally, B., & Goldenberg, L. B. (2005). Fostering Historical Thinking With DigitizedPrimary Sources. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 5191, 1-21.Retrieved from•