The faculty presenters at the roundtable will describe the suffrage crowdsourcing project overall, stressing the pedagogical goals and approaches taken in developing the course assignments, and the value of their faculty-level collaboration in the project. They will also outline the dual intellectual and pragmatic values of the project, in terms of honing historical research and reasoning skills and demonstrating the value of history courses and skills. The students will speak on the most salient aspects of their experience with the project, including research, collaboration, critical thinking, and networking skills, as well as the personal and intellectual growth nurtured by the projects.
The roundtable overall will illustrate how this type of project can work particularly well at those institutions trying to integrate historical reasoning across a curriculum, or stress the practical and vocational value of a history degree. For this reason we conclude with a discussion of the real and potential impact of the project (or ones like it) on recruitment, retention, marketing, campus culture, and enrollments. We have presented this roundtable at the NEHA annual conference and the short, but diverse, student perspectives were noted by the attendees as an important aspect. Thus we have more than the recommended 4 persons on the panel (we are also prepared for 1 or 2 students to be unable to attend pending scheduling or funding issues, though we are already working on both). Our tight control of speaking time will allow ample time for questions and comments from the audience to enable a lively and productive discussion.