History 493B/693B: Digital History
Herter Hall room 207 – Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:00 pm



Dr. Jon Berndt Olsen
Department of History

University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11, Thursdays 2-3 or by appointment
Office:  Herter Hall 609
Telephone: 413.545.6767
Email: jon@history.umass.edu

Web: http://people.umass.edu/jon

Blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/jon

Twitter: jonberndtolsen





This course on digital history examines both the theoretical and practical impact of new media and technology on history, especially in the field of Public History. We will examine how digital media has influenced (and is still influencing) how we research, write, present and teach history. We will draw on theoretical readings as well as analyze the potential benefits and drawbacks of online resources, such as websites, wikis, and podcasts. A major component of the course will be a semester-long project that will require each student to develop a proposal for a digital historical resource and construct a home page for it. The semester project is an opportunity to experiment with new technologies and to overcome any anxieties students might have regarding the use of new media.