Unit 1: Introductions
Winter scene is Russia. Photo credit C. T. Evans
Welcome to my course on digital history. In the course, you'll be exposed to a lot of material about doing history in the digital world and many of the tools/apps now available to historians for working with projects on the web. You'll also note that most of my projects and a lot of examples that I use can be loosely called "public history." Feel free to browse through many of the links in the course so that you can see different resources and models available to you. The course is an intro course, and so we move through a lot of topics very quickly. Make sure that you allocate enough of your time to successfully look at things. And think about a possible project from the very start of the course.
must do in this unit
- Familiarize yourself with the course.
- Check my introduction letter, CV, college home page and digital projects list.
- Read this week's note.
- Since the use of proper grammar, spelling and style are an
inherent part of each assignment in this course, please look briefly at the course writing resources available in Charlie's History Writing Center for
- Watch the old introduction video for this unit of the course on YouTube--yes, I know it's the old one.
- Subscribe (if you can) to digitalhumanitiesnow.org/. This is a great site with info about jobs in the filed and new digital tools and projects. It used to be much easier to subscribe to the feed.
- Please add a pin to the course map.
Submit (You should do all of this on the same day.)
- Submit the required Introduction paragraph (10 points).
- Take the Unit 1 Syllabus Quiz on Blackboard. (10 points Extra credit options) Log into Blackboard and you will see the button for the quiz in your course. This is a short, 10-question orientation quiz that you must take and pass with a score of 9/10 before you can continue in the course. If you must, you can retake the quiz more than once.
- Yes, there are other students enrolled in this course with you. Post an informal hello to everyone in the Blackboard online discussion forum (5 points Blackboard posting). If you need a refresher, please first review the instructions for Using Blackboard.
- NOTE that you must complete and submit the introduction paragraph to avoid being removed from the course on your First Assignment Due date. See your course schedule for the exact date.
What you should do in this
- Watch the short video on developing a time management schedule for your course work and the short video on asking questions. I developed both of these for use in my history survey courses, but they are equally applicable here.
- If you've ever wondered what exactly a history professor does, then have a look at my short video.
Extra credit options options
- For 10 points of extra credit, review this
entire course website, check the online NOVA Online student orientation and email any questions that you might have. This must be done in unit 1 of the course to receive credit.
Unit learning objectives
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to explain the structure of the course and the main assignments and exams.