HIS 111-112
Digital Project Assignment

Roman colosseum photo
Nice view of a Roman Colosseum.  Photo credit Stephanie Severich.
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You have a choice of assignments for your digital project.

  • a content-focused website on a relevant topic that fits in the course (up to 200 points possible; the website should have substantial primary and interpretive content; a better option is the online exhibit.)
  • a Story Map on an approved topic for the course (175 points possible)
  • an online Exhibit (150 points) This features an exhibit that showcases specific objects/images. It is a better choice, in many cases, than the website option.
  • a narrated, online presentation (150 points)
  • a Data Visualization project (150 points) This is my favorite option, but it can be difficult.
  • an online Timeline (150 points)
  • a Pinterest Board (125 points) on an approved topic for the course
  • I might also consider a YouTube lecture/presentation on a specific topic from the course. Here is an example by Gabriel Santos, Kitsuki City: Past and Present.
  • Some of these project can be accomplished using Tumblr. Here is an example by Savanna Mullens, Modern Day Serial Killers. Let me know if you want to try.
  • There are many topics in the world history courses that could use some more elaboration/exploration as a digital project, for example, East Asia and Japan: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. If you are interested, please let me know.
  • If you wish, I will allow you to work in your assigned group (from unit 10) for this project, but then I will expect a lot more work for the points.
  • Finally, in HIS 112, I am looking for special, research projects that contribute to my online websites on the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century or the Paris Peace Conference after World War I. If you are interested, check for further assignment information.

Take a moment to watch the short video on this assignment.

Your instructor must approve your project type and topic, and this must be done one week before the due date of the assignment. Please check your course schedule to make sure of the due date.

You should pick a topic for your project first and then select the type of project that you will do. When you pick a project, you should pick something that has interested you in the course. You can choose a topic from anywhere within the geographical and chronological boundaries of the course, and that means that it can be something that we have not covered in the course. Your instructor reserves the right to approve or not approve a specific topic.

In HIS 112, I am open to a lot of ideas, but there are some exceptions:

  • your project should not cover one of the assignments in the course, such as the Genocide project.
  • I also do not approve projects dealing with World War II or the Holocaust.
  • I encourage projects dealing with the cultural events of the 1960s and 1970s. See, for example, Joseph Gabriel's timeline on the History of Skateboarding.
  • I do not usually approve projects dealing with the Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution, Renaissance, Reformation because of the European-focus of those events, but you can try if you have something really unique to propose.
  • Choose a project that interests you. If you love music, then propose something to do with music. If you're a big football fan, then maybe the 1958 championship games is something that you want to work on. If you love chess, then choose something to do with chess. So don't just rule something out an idea without first checking with your instructor.
  • Finally, I love to link to your projects so that future students will benefit from your work. As you've progressed through the course, you've already seen some really great student projects, and each semester a few more student projects get added into the course. So please do a great job and become part of the course!

In HIS 111, we are also open to a lot of ideas. You might have to work a bit harder to find images appropriate to your project, but you'll still be able to create a great project.

You should remain in contact with your instructor while working on this assignment, and you should email the URL of a rough draft before the final due date. Your instructor will give you feedback about what needs to be improved/fixed on your draft. Since this project will be viewable on the web, you want to put something good out there for people to see. Do not wait until the last minute to work on this.

When you have your project ready, please email your instructor the URL of your project so that you can receive final feedback (There is always something that can be improved!). When you have revised your project and are ready to submit for your grade, submit the URL of your project on Blackboard.


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