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Week 1: Introduction to Course

September 8, 2016

  • Brief introduction to course themes, structure, and assignments
  • Register accounts at http://digitalhist.com
  • Register Twitter handles

Week 2: What is Digital History?

September 15, 2016

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Welcome to WordPress!:

  • Register account at http://digitalhist.com, if you have not already
  • Update user profile
  • 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
    • Format some of the text to be bold, italics, and underline
    • Start a bullet-point list and add three items
    • 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 22, 2016

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Evaluating History on the Web:


Week 4: Making a Website

September 29, 2016

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: Send link to your website to instructor

Week 5: Open Access and Copyright

October 6, 2016

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 13, 2016

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 PC; Skype recorder; iPhone or Android audio recording app (Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder on Android or Voice Memo App on iOS)
  • Edit audio using Audacity or other audio editing tool of your choice
  • Export edited audio as Ogg Vorbis file
  • [Optional]: Install LAME MP3 Encoder and export audio as MP3 file
  • Upload audio to your website or other online audio storage service (archive.org or SoundCloud)
  • Write RSS feed for your podcast and upload file to digitalhist.com
  • Assignment: Write blog post on our course website featuring your audio file and a link to your feed. 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.

Week 7: The Digitization Challenge I

October 20, 2016

Field Trip to Archives


Fall Reading Days

October 27, 2016

No class


Week 8: The Digitization Challenge II

November 3, 2016

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 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 10, 2016

***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 17, 2016

Lab partners will give presentations on project pitches

  • Review proposal websites here.

Week 11: Project Pitches 2

November 24, 2016

Remaining lab partners will give presentations on project pitches

  • Review proposal websites here.

Week 12: Project Management and Planning

December 1, 2016

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 5, 2017

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 12, 2017

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 19, 2017

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 26, 2017

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

February 2, 2017

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 9, 2017

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Interacting with a Historical Simulation

  • Play Freeciv
  • While playing, make notes of your observations on the experience
  • Assignment:
    • Write 500-600 word blog post about your experience with Freeciv as a historical simulation
    • Include one screenshot from your game
    • Do you consider this an effective tool for developing historical thinking? Why or why not?
    • What would you add to make this a more effective tool for developing historical thinking?

Week 19: Virtual Reality

February 16, 2017

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Spherical Photography


Winter Reading Week

February 23, 2017

No class


Week 20: Mobile Computing and Augmented Reality

March 2, 2017

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 9, 2017

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Making a Google Map

  • Complete Lesson 1 of Geospatial Historian up to the section on Google Earth
  • Assignment:
    • Taking the skills you learned in Lesson 1, create an original Google Map of your personal history of the York University campus
    • Your map must include a minimum of:
      • 3 placemarkers with titles and descriptions
      • 1 image or video on a placemarker
      • 1 line with title and description
      • 1 vector with title and description
    • Embed your map in a blog post

Week 22: 3D Printing

March 16, 2017

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 23, 2017

Discussion

Open-Access Readings (Required):

Lab

Open Lab


Week 24: Project Launch and Presentations

March 30, 2017

All groups will launch and present their projects

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