Teaching Digital History: Where Is It Headed?, Part 1: Digital History in (and out of) the Classroom

AHA Session 100
Friday, January 3, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom East (Marriott Wardman Park)
Kathleen Franz, American University

Session Abstract

This panel will raise questions about, and offer examples of, what might be called a new Digital Pedagogy.  This might be understood as the mobilization of digital tools to teach a variety of principles and skills that may or may not be focused on History as a discipline and thus could be seen as either a compliment to or in contrast with Digital History.  Digital Pedagogy implies more than just the use of a digital teaching platform (such as with a MOOC) and takes as it aim the exposure of students to some of the basic ideas of computational thinking.  In addition to the broader issues about computational literacy, we will also explore the particular advantages to digital pedagogy for understanding history, especially public histories of the local environment or the museum.