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Teaching with Digital Collections, Digitally (Online BHC Workshop)

Teaching with Digital Collections, Digitally 
(Online BHC Workshop)

We hope that this email finds you well. We are writing to announce an online version of the Teaching with Digital Collections Workshop originally scheduled for the 2020 Business History Conference. The original workshop was scheduled for a 3 hour session with a pre-workshop “homework” assignment. In the online version, all work would be done on the participants’ own time (asynchronously) over the course of a week with optional “office hours” with Hartman staff. The total time commitment for the workshop should be around 4-5 hours.

A modified description follows:

Teaching with Digital Collections Online Workshop
EITHER: May 11 – 15 or May 18 – 22
(4-5 hrs)

Across the web, historians and students now have access to a profusion of digitized primary sources.  As a case in point, Duke’s John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History has made thousands of items available digitally. As yet, however, we have very few readily available plans for how instructors at different levels might structure research exercises to make use of this wealth of easily accessed evidence about the past.

This workshop is for teachers and instructors at any career stage, including graduate students, who are interested in shaking up current lesson plans. We hope that by offering this workshop online, we can expand access to more participants than those who could attend the 2020 meeting of the BHC. We also suspect that this workshop might be helpful for instructors who are adapting their courses to an online format.

In the workshop, participants will develop teaching modules that draw from the Hartman Center’s digital collections. Participants will have opportunities to interact with and learn from one another’s teaching styles, and ask questions of Hartman Center staff through videoconferences, but it will be possible to complete the workshop without synchronous engagement. While participants are encouraged to work in groups, group work would also not be required. The total time commitment for this workshop is expected to be 4-5 hours over the course of a week.

At the end of the week, each person or team will present their ideas to other workshop participants (preferably in an afternoon meeting, when we can mark the occasion with our libation of choice!).

We will publish the resulting modules on the Rubenstein Library’s website with appropriate credit given to the creators. Once published, modules will be available to educators beyond Duke.

The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History is part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.

For more information, please read the original description which includes links to the digital collections.

If you’d like to sign up, please complete the following survey.                                                                                                             
We hope that you will consider joining us. Write to with any questions.

Thank you,

Ashton & Josh

Ashton Merck, PhD
John E. Rovensky Fellow, 2019-2020
Intern, John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University

Joshua Larkin Rowley
Reference Archivist, John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University

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