This course is designed to introduce you to the digital tools and techniques you will need to navigate an increasingly complex world of information. Rather than assuming digital tools dilute or pervert rational thought, we will explore how best to use these resources to produce meaningful and rigorous knowledge about the world. The approach will be project-based, meaning that you will learn by doing. Specifically, you will learn by doing local history: we will go out into the community to examine the different locales, peoples, institutions, and influences that make “Tulsa” what it is (and is not) today. You will record, analyze, and evaluate your encounters and supplement acquired knowledge with additional research, including research on the web. Finally, you will produce small-scale digital projects to introduce others to what you’ve learned.
The aims of the course are as follows:
- To introduce students to basic methods of historical and cultural analysis, including data collection, primary and secondary source discovery and analysis, standards of evidence, and styles of argumentation
- To develop the information literacy skills students need to navigate today’s digital environments
- To build skills in planning, developing, and implementing digital and multimedia projects using a variety of Web 2.0 tools
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Find, analyze, and evaluate digital primary and secondary source materials and determine when and how to use them (or not)
- Credit and cite all sources appropriately and in accordance with copyright law, including images, sound clips, video clips and quotations or summaries.
- Think critically about standards of evidence, argumentation, and presentation in public humanities contexts, including on the web
- Plan and produce basic multimedia research projects of their own design using easily available Web 2.0 tools (Word Press Blogs, HistoryPin, Storehouse, Youtube, Mozilla PopcornMaker, etc.)
For the complete syllabus, click here.
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