Assignments

Grading

Students must complete all assignments to pass the class.

Class participation 30%
Website/domain/blog setup 10%
Blogging 25%
Mapping project 25%
Final analysis 10%

Class participation: this is a small class. Everyone is expected to contribute to the discussion within class. Ask questions!

Website/domain/blog setup: A web site can play an important role in your professional presence on the internet. As part of this class you will be required to purchase a domain name of your choice and create a professional web site for yourself (if you do not already have one). I recommend the $25/year option through Reclaim Hosting. You also will be expected to install WordPress as an easy way of managing the content on your site, particularly with the aim to create your own blog.

Blogging: you are expected to write at least 5 blog posts on your web site about your thoughts related to what you’re learing in this class. These blog posts are graded pass/fail.

I will not give you specific topics to blog about or deadlines for when the posts should be online (other than that all posts should be done before the last day of class). These blog postings are your thoughts that you are presenting not for me but for the audience that you are creating for yourself online. To help you think about why I’m not explicity grading your blog posts, read this essay by an undergraduate at Davidson.

Some notes about blogging: writing for a web site or a blog is different than writing an essay. Blog postings should be concise, preferably no more than 250 – 300 words. (If you blog regularly on your own site, an occasional more lengthy post that examines a topic in-depth is good.) Writing an informed blog post for a public audience usually requires multiple drafts and revisions. Consider helping your reader by making judicial use of bolding keywords or phrases in a paragraph, which is something you would never do in an essay. But, carefully selected bolding in a blog post aids the reader who glances at a post for the highlights before deciding to read the text closely. Also, think about including links to relevant web sites that inform your perspective. The web is called the World Wide Web for a reason and it’s worth thinking about that linked nature.

Course project

Final analysis: In a two page paper submitted to the instructor, explore how your understanding of digital history has evolved over the course of the term and reflect on how what you learned in this course might impact your future work and studies.