HIS 101-102, 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. In most cases, a better project option is the online exhibit.
  • a Story Map on an approved topic from your course (175 points possible)
  • an online Exhibit (150 points) This features an exhibit that showcases specific objects/images. Think in terms of a museum exhibit that you might be viewing on a specific topic.
  • a Data Visualization project (150 points) This is my favorite option as it is based on statistical data that you can, but it can be difficult to find the data set to use, especially in HIS 111. Not so in 112.
  • an online Timeline (150 points)
  • a TED talk (150 points)
  • a Pinterest Board (100 points) on an approved topic for the course (NOTE that the maximum available point total for this project is only 100 points, while the assignment is based on 150 points.) REQUIRES INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION.
  • You might be able to complete some of these projects using Tumblr. Here is an example by Savanna Mullens, Modern Day Serial Killers. Instructor's permission required!
  • 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. (175 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. (175 points)

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 your course, and that means that it can be something that we have not actually covered in the course. Your instructor reserves the right to approve or not approve a specific topic.

In HIS 111, we are also open to a lot of ideas, but the project must be a topic before about 1500 CE. 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.

In HIS 112, I am open to a lot of ideas on any topic after 1600 CE with these 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 rarely approve projects dealing with the U.S. unless it is a very good topic.
  • I encourage projects dealing with world cultural events of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • 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 game 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 as 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!

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 revised your project and are ready to submit for your grade, submit the URL of your project on Canvas.


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