Digital Pedagogy: Designing an Assignment on Digital South African History

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If I were teaching a course on South African history, how would I incorporate digital tools? In this blog post, I propose an assignment that I would give to a second- or third-year class on South African history. My inspiration for this assignment comes from Writing History in the Digital Age, specifically the chapters by […]

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Camtasia test


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This week, our group experimented with a Camtasia video, which describes our work-in-progress on our Oral History Digital Repository.

April 4, 2018

Project Planning Update


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This week, our African Oral History Digital Repository team has prepared all our final project planning documents. We’ve written a project description that explains the significance of our work, created a bibliography for the essays we’ll post on our site, and created a site map of our Omeka site. Here are the project planning documents […]

March 21, 2018

Analyzing Images and Audio at Scale


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Historians are good at collecting and analyzing texts, and the discipline has lots of unwritten methods for finding, collecting, and organizing texts. Even though plenty of the human record of history exists in images and audio and video, this week’s readings made me realize how unprepared I am to analyze those things in the way […]

February 27, 2018

Digital Mapping and Historical Argument


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This week’s class is about digital mapping, which is exciting to me both because I think spatial inquiry comes naturally to historians, and because I’m currently working on my own digital mapping project. As a Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) Fellow this year, I’m building an interactive historical map of newspaper testimonial advertising in the black […]

February 21, 2018

Text analysis and distant reading


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This week in preparation for this class, I read Introduction to Text Analysis by Brandon Walsh and Sarah Horowitz, as well as “Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction” by Megan R. Brett. Introduction to Text Analysis walks readers through a sampling of digital tools that can help with both close and distant reading of texts. I found this […]

February 7, 2018

In-class project: Visualizations


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Today in class, we created three visualizations of a sample data set from Rawgraphs. The data set is about the market share for different types of music formats sold between 1980 and 2010. Streamgraph: This graph represents each music format with a colour, and represents their market share through size across an x-axis showing time. […]

January 31, 2018

Visualization and Historical Argument


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In an article for Inside Higher Ed this week, Will Fenton argues that the Digital Humanities, particularly the literature departments where DH first took off, need to focus more on being Public Humanities. Fenton points to history as a discipline that does make its research accessible and relevant to the public. Erik Champion makes a similar […]

January 31, 2018