Teaching History and New Media

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Spring 2002


The "History and New Media" course that I taught for the first time this year examines the potential of new media for popular and public history, as well as the impact of new media on access to primary sources, history education, scholarship, and the ways in which historians engage with each other. The course has three strands: learning about and evaluating new uses of technology in the history profession, learning about the technologies of new media, and studying history as represented in new media. Over the quarter, we examine and evaluate examples of history presented in new formats including exhibits in cyberspace, new media classrooms, archival collections and historical research on the Internet, historical discussion online, sound preservation and recordings, historical documentaries, and scholarly publications.