In addition to completing work on the group projects, each member of the class should prepare a document that includes the following elements. The answers should be thorough and descriptive. This is your chance to make a case for yourself.
- Describe the individual digital history skills that you learned over the course of the semester. Note which ones you used in your group work.
- What is the most useful thing you learned in the course of this process and why?
- What skills will you take forward to use in other environments and situations?
- What did you not learn that you would like to see included in a future version of the course?
Group Project Reflection and Evaluation
- Describe your individual contributions to the group project. Be specific.
- Evaluate your overall effort and the ways that it supported the work of the group. Assign yourself a letter grade and defend it.
- Evaluate the contribution of each of your fellow group members. Assign each person a letter grade and support your decision.
- How did they contribute to the project planning process?
- How did they contribute to the research and development of the project?
- Where they good collaborators? Why or why not?
As the groups work to complete the final projects, each group member should make sure that his/her work satisfies the following criteria:
- Primary Source Selection and Description:
- Have you collected 7-8 primary sources of different types that work together to answer your inquiry question?
- Have you completed full metadata and contextual descriptions for each source as you have made them in to items in Omeka?
- Have you checked to make sure that each of your sources is free of copyright restrictions?
- Secondary Research:
- Have you researched the historical work (journal articles, monographs, etc.) on your inquiry question?
- Have you read and responded to the work of major scholars in your field?
- Have you directly engaged those scholars and their arguments in your digital history exhibit?
- Have you offered thorough and complete bibliographic citation for those sources using a standard citation format (MLA or Chicago Manual of Style)?
- Argument and Inquiry Question:
- Have you clearly offered your own historical interpretation in answering your portion of the inquiry question?
- Does your argument and narrative engage both your primary sources and the historical literature in the field?
- Have you adequately addressed your core audience in your work?
- Supporting Materials:
- Have you worked to create additional digital projects to support your argument?
- Have you contributed a map or a data visualization? (Each project must have at least two interactive maps and one data visualization.)
- Digital Exhibit Planning:
- Have you clearly identified your group members and their contributions to the work?
- Have you done a full copy edit review of your site to make sure it is clean of typos and grammatical errors?
What needs to happen to get your project ready for presentation?
Presentation Elements (20 minutes):
- Inquiry Question
- Site Walk Through
- Major Findings: What is the answer to your question?
- Individual Contributions and Analysis
Thursday Prototype Meetings (Sharon):
- Yellow: 10:30
- Orange: 10:45
- Red: 11:00
- Blue: 11:15
Thursday Prototype Meetings (Richard):
- Green: 10:30
- Purple: 10:45
- Brown: 11:00
- Grey: 11:15
Secondary Research: History is an argument about the past written by specific human beings
- Timelines and wikipedia = data separated from interpretation
- Perspective: What is the interpretation that the scholar is offering? (What does it mean? Why did it happen? What is the significance?)
- Historiography: Who are you in conversation with? Who do you agree with? Who do you disagree with?
- How does history figure into your site?
**No class on Thursday: Work with your groups on your projects**
Do you like history but do not plan on majoring in it? If so, why not minor in it?
If you are taking this class, you are already at least one-third of the way to a history minor. (That is, if you have already taken HIST 100 or 125. You have to take one of these two courses at some point in order to fulfill your gen ed requirement in Western Civilization or World History.) All you need for a History minor is 12 more credits, or 4 more classes. Some of you may have taken an additional history course along the way, which means that you may already be halfway towards the History minor. You should check with the History Undergraduate Office to make sure you’re choosing the right courses, but the basic message is this: you’re probably much closer to getting the History minor than you might think.
Getting a minor is a good thing. It is good for your resume, mainly to show prospective employers that you have a breadth of interests and that you took your college education seriously enough to do the academic planning necessary to complete a minor. Plus, a minor gives purpose and direction to your elective courses, so that when you are taking elective credits as a junior and senior you are not just randomly selecting courses that happen to fit your schedule. If you like history at all, filling up some of those elective credits with history courses should be more rewarding and fun than simply choosing courses at random. And we offer around 30 different upper-level history classes every semester, on almost every conceivable topic, and at every time slot. Almost none of these classes have prerequisites, so you can take nearly any one you like, at any time. And our instructors are outstanding: the student evaluation scores for history classes at Mason are significantly higher than either the college or university average.
If you have questions about the minor, please contact the department’s Undergraduate Coordinator, Carrie Grabo (firstname.lastname@example.org), or our Undergraduate Director, Dr. Joan Bristol (email@example.com). Signing up for a minor is easy. All you need to do is go to the History Undergraduate Office, in Robinson B361, and talk to Ms. Grabo or Dr. Bristol. And signing up doesn’t obligate you to complete the minor, either: if you sign up for the minor but do not complete it, you can delete it at any time and the minor simply won’t appear on your diploma.