Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24


Week 1: Introduction to Course

September 6, 2018


Week 2: What is Digital History?

September 13, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Welcome to WordPress!:

  • Register account at http://digitalhist.com, if you have not already
  • Update user profile and set nickname to [firstnamelastname]
  • Create a sample post: [name] Test Post
  • Review all sections of WISIWYG editor
    • Text entry field
    • Publish
    • Categories
    • Tags
    • Featured Image
  • Assignment – Write test post:
    • Write four sentences in text editor explaining why you took this course and something about yourself
    • Format some of the text to be bold, italics, and underline
    • Start a bullet-point list of your favourite three courses that you have taken
    • Create a footnote for the following citaiton:

      Kheraj, Sean. “Restoring Nature: Ecology, Memory, and the Storm History of Vancouver’s Stanley Park” Canadian Historical Review 88, no. 4 (2007): 577-612.
    • Highlight the title of the article in the footnote and create a hyperlink to that article on the Web
    • Save a historical image from Library and Archives Canada
    • Embed the image into your test post
    • Write a caption using this format: [Title], [Year]. Source: [photographer, if known], [Archive], [File number]
    • Link the image to its original source page on LAC website
    • Search YouTube for any video from Library and Archives Canada
    • Embed video into your test post

Week 3: History on the Web

September 20, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Evaluating History on the Web:


Week 4: Making a Website

September 27, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Building a Website:

  • Build a website with your partner for your project pitch
  • What genre of website will you develop?
  • What features will you require?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Review four free website development services:
  • Select a service that best suits your project pitch
  • Sign-up for an account with your service and set up a website
  • Select theme or template
  • Write an “About” page for your website
  • Assignment: Post a link to your about page as a blog post with the title “[Names of all lab partners] About Page Link”

Week 5: Open Access and Copyright

October 4, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

The Creative Commons:

  • Visit and review Creative Commons website
  • Listen to Creative Commons music on CCMixter
  • Find a Creative Commons image on Flickr
  • Assignment: Select a Creative Commons license and add embedded license on your project pitch website

Week 6: Podcasting the Past

October 18, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (required):

Lab

Make a Podcast:

  • Record a five-minute discussion with your lab partner about your project pitch
    • Audio recording tools: handheld digital audio recorder; GarageBand or Audacity on a laptop PC; Skype recorder; iPhone or Android audio recording app (Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder on Android or Voice Memo App on iOS); Zencastr on a laptop PC
  • Edit audio using Audacity or other audio editing tool of your choice to include intro and closing music from a Creative Commons source (Jamendo, CCMixter, or other)
  • Export edited audio as Ogg Vorbis file
  • [Optional]: Install LAME MP3 Encoder and export audio as MP3 file
  • Upload audio to an online audio storage service (archive.org or SoundCloud)
  • Write RSS feed for your podcast:
  • Assignment: Write blog post on our course website featuring your audio file. Use an audio player in your post. The post should also explain your methodology for creating your podcast, including a list of software and tools. Paste the XML code for your podcast at the bottom of your post.

Alternative Challenge Lab:

  • Complete the same assignment above, but record, edit, and publish your podcast entirely in a Web browser
  • Recording tool: Zencastr
  • Editing tool: Bear Audio Editor
  • Publishing tool: Internet Archive
  • Assignment: Write blog post on our course website featuring your audio file. Use an audio player in your post. The post should also explain your methodology for creating your podcast, including a list of software and tools. Paste the XML code for your podcast at the bottom of your post.

Alternative Challenge Lab:

  • Complete the same assignment above, but instead livestream and record a video podcast of discussion of your project pitch on YouTube or other service
  • Edit your video to include a title card, credits, and music
  • Assignment: Write blog post on our course website featuring a recording of your livestream video podcast. Embed the video in your post. The post should also explain your methodology for creating your video podcast, including a list of software and tools.

Week 7: The Digitization Challenge I

October 25, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required)

Field Trip to Archives


Week 8: The Digitization Challenge II

November 1, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required)

Lab

Digitizing Documents

  • Select a sample historical document for digitization
  • Photograph document
  • Use image editing software to crop document and save as JPEG
  • Use Adobe Acrobat to compile your JPEG images into a single PDF
  • Run Adobe Acrobat text recognition (OCR) on your file and save a copy as RTF
  • Or use OCR.Space to extract text and save as RTF
  • Or manually transcribe your file as RTF
  • Create at least three metadata tags to describe your document
  • Assignment: Write blog post featuring your digitized document, transcript, source info, and metadata tags

Week 9: Search

November 8, 2018

***Digital History Project Proposals Due***

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required)

Lab

Critical Analysis of Search Tools

  • Select two from the following list of search tools for historical research:
  • Generate a list of search terms for a project on the history of the American Revolution
  • Use your search terms in two of the tools above and make use of the various advanced options in your search
  • Generate a list of five relevant primary and/or scholarly secondary sources on the history of the American Revolution for each search tool
  • Assignment: Write a 500-600 word comparative review of your two search tools as a blog post and include your list of search terms and your list of sources found

Week 10: Project Pitches 1

November 15, 2018

Lab partners will give presentations on project pitches

  • Review proposal websites here.

Week 11: Project Pitches 2

November 22, 2018

Remaining lab partners will give presentations on project pitches

  • Review proposal websites here.

Week 12: Project Management and Planning

November 29, 2018

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Managing a Group Project with Basecamp

  • Meet with your project team and exchange contact info
  • Based on project pitch, assign roles to all team members
  • Sign up for accounts on Basecamp and set up a project page for your group
  • Invite all team members and the course instructor to the project in Basecamp
  • Develop your project work plan:
    • Review and revise project timeline from pitch and add to milestone goals to “Schedule” in Basecamp
    • Establish work to be done to accomplish milestone goals and add to “To-Dos” in Basecamp
  • Start at least one “Message Board” discussion on a relevant topic to your project

Week 13: Preserving the Past Online

January 3, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Open Lab

  • Meet with project team
  • Review Schedule and To-Dos in Basecamp
  • Proceed with project work

Week 14: Wikipedia I

January 10, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Introduction to the Wikipedia Project and Practicing the Basics

  • Create a Wikipedia account and enroll in this assignment here
  • Complete “Practicing the Basics”
  • Complete “Editing Basics”

Week 15: Wikipedia II

January 17, 2019

Lab

Adding to a Wikipedia Article

  • Login to Wikipedia assignment
  • Complete “Add to an article”
  • With your lab partner use the “Citation Hunt” tool to find an article in need of a citation
  • Find an appropriate citation and add it to the article or make an edit that corrects the information
  • Add an explanation of your edit in the “Talk” page of your article
  • Write a blog post that explains the edit that you made and provides a link to the article (up to 500 words) – one post per pair of lab partners

Week 16: Analyzing Digital History I

January 24, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Intro to Text Analysis

  • Use http://voyant-tools.org/ to analyze one of the following documents:
  • Download a copy of one of the above documents
  • Upload your document to Voyant Tools
  • Use features and tools to adjust stopwords
  • Create png visualizations for your document
  • Assignment:
    • Write a blog post featuring your png visualizations and your analysis of the findings (~500 words)
    • List any stopwords you added and why
    • What did this form of “distant reading” reveal about your document?

Week 17: Analyzing Digital History II

January 31, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Using the Historian’s Macroscope

  • Explore Google NGram Viewer and JSTOR Data for Research
  • Use both of these tools to develop two historical or historiographical insights
  • Create visualizations for your insights
  • Assignment:
    • Present your insights to class
    • Presentation must include visual evidence

Week 18: Gaming and Simulations

February 7, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Creating a Game Design Document

  • Create an account at Dundoc.com
  • Have one lab partner create a new project
  • Select the Quick Start template “Starter 1”
  • Delete all but the “Game Introduction” secton
  • Complete the “Game Introduction” section including,
    • General Overview
    • Genre
    • GamePlay
    • Target audience and platforms
    • Look and feel
    • Story
    • How to Play
  • Go to “Settings” and add a Project Image
  • Go to “Settings” and set project to “public: link only”
  • Post link to forum for this topic

Week 19: Virtual Reality

February 14, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Spherical Photography


Week 20: Mobile Computing and Augmented Reality

February 28, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Rephotography

  • Download Timera app to iOS or Android smartphone
  • Select a historical photograph of York University from either:
  • Use the Timera app to create a rephotography image using your historical photograph
  • Assignment:
    • Save your rephotography image
    • Add your image to Google Maps
    • Write a short blog post featuring your image, a link to it on Google Maps, and the citation information for your historical photograph

Week 21: Spatial History

March 7, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Making a Story Map

  • Create a public account on ArcGIS Online
  • Visit ArcGIS Story Maps
  • Create a new Story Map using the Basic template and follow the tutorial
  • Create a map of your York University experience
  • Add the following Map Notes:
    • At least 3 annotated pins (one with an image)
    • At least one annotated vector
    • At least one annotated line
  • Select “Share” and “Create a Web App”
  • Select “Build a Story Map” and “Story Map Cascade”
  • Create a Story Map Cascade and include:
    • Cover
    • Narrative
    • Immersive
    • Your map
    • Credits
  • Set your Story Map to public and share link on forum for this topic

Week 22: 3D Printing

March 14, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

3D Printing Lab
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All students must have active Toronto Public Library cards to participate in this lab. Please visit a local TPL branch to obtain a card (http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/hours-locations/index.jsp). Alternatively, you can arrive early at Toronto Reference Library and obtain your card at the information desk. Students who live outside of the City of Toronto can still obtain a TPL library card as long as they bring their York student ID cards.


Week 23: Public History and the Digital Divide

March 21, 2019

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Open Lab


Week 24: Project Launch and Presentations

***Digital History Projects Due***

March 28, 2019

All groups will launch and present their projects

  • Class meets in History Common Room (Vari Hall 2183)