Omeka and the Digital History Class

This began as a comment at an NITLE blog, but I realized that it contained information that I’d been meaning to blog about anyway. So, here it is:

I’m teaching an undergraduate seminar in digital history this semester at the University of Mary Washington. The students in the seminar were shown an array of digital tools during the first 4 weeks of the semester. Of those, they chose a series of tools for their projects, and three of the four student groups in the course decided to use Omeka to create archives for their projects. [These projects, descriptions of which can be seen at the course blog noted above, include a site on civil rights leader James Farmer, a project using alumni interviews to tell the history of UMW, and a site exploring James Monroe’s time as Minister to France.]

I should note that although I (via UMW’s excellent Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies experts) presented Omeka to the students as one of many options, they all seemed to quickly get its possible uses as an archive and presentation tool.

We began with a test Omeka installation for the entire class with which all the students played around. Now, each group will have its own Omeka installation to begin this week to populate with photographs, scanned documents, and videos.

I’d be interested in hearing about how others are using Omeka in their own classes.

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  1. It breaks my heart to see WordPress thrown to the curb šŸ™‚

    Looks very cool Jeff, the class blog suggest an amazing about of coming together in the face of confusion, great stuff.

  2. Jim,
    No, sorry for the confusion. Check out the tools section of the group contracts. Though Omeka is seen as a key tool, most of the groups plan on framing their site (and a SIMILE-based time line) in WordPress installations. [Your influence still affects us in your absence. :-]

  3. Bryan,
    Yes, that’s the plan, assuming that the other classes and committee work doesn’t keep me away from blogging the process.

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