Participation – 200 points

Read the section titled “What to Expect” for more information about participation in this course.  Rubrics for in-class participation and group participation are available under Resources.

  • In-class participation (100 points)
  • Group participation (100 points) – a failing grade in group participation means that a student will automatically receive a failing grade on their portion of the group project.

Weekly blogging – 200 points

All students are expected to contribute to a class blog.  Every week you will be expected to write an entry for our class blog.  You can choose to make your blog posts password protected.  I will email all of you with a general class password to be used for that purpose.  But you are encouraged to think of this as a form of public writing, which has utility for a community outside of our class.  The content of those blog posts vary depending on our task for the week (see below).  Blog entries (500-1000 words) fall under the following categories.  Their due dates are listed throughout the course schedule.

  • Reading Responses
  • Case Studies
  • Research Notes

Digital History Group Project – 300 points

Throughout the semester, you will work together in class and in groups on a collective project, digitizing and contextualizing Africa-related materials in the collections of the Reuther Archive.  Through this group project, we will explore and interpret historiography, identify, digitize, and analyze primary sources, and present those primary sources, contextualized in a digital exhibit for the Reuther’s website.  This project not only gives you experience working on team-based digital projects, but it also helps you think through the practical dimensions of digital history work.  Your group project will be evaluated based on a number of distinct tasks, listed below.  Everyone is responsible for the final product of your group.  Your individual participation will be evaluated by your group members and will factor significantly into your total participation grade for the course.  Individual students who receive a failing participation grade from their group members also automatically receive a failing grade of the group project.  Due dates for all tasks are listed in the course schedule.

  • Group work plan (25 points)– assign roles and establish deadlines to complete project; create a plan to meet (either in person or online) to evaluate and revise project elements as part of a single, coherent submission and disseminate your project via social media.
  • Metadata plan (25 points)
  • Digitized primary sources (50 points)
  • Archival guidebook in Omeka (150 points), which should include:
    • Outline of available documents in the collection
    • Document collection summaries
    • Digitized documents
    • Historical Context and Historiography essay
  • Disseminate your projects via social media (50 points), connecting with relevant individuals and organizations to communicate the content and significance of your work.

*You may wish to add additional information or utilize plug-ins as you find appropriate.

Digital History Research Plan – 300 points

For your final project, you should create a plan for your own digital history project. Your project plan should include the following elements.

  • Historical questions (50 points)
  • Literature Review and Significance (50 points)
  • Data Collection plan (50 points)
  • Tools assessment (50 points)
  • Dissemination plan (50 points)
  • Funding sources and timeline (50 points)


Total points:  1000