Going quiet.

During various times in my career, I’ve stepped back from public-facing work. I attend but do not present at conferences. I organize fewer meetings. I avoid stirring up trouble. This is one such time. On sabbatical, I work reasonably hard, taking coursework, reading widely on history and pedagogy, and doing my best to self-teach myself… Read more Going quiet.

Final project assignment.

For my final project, I will help the students find an article on the Lexis-Nexus database about Normandale Community College, compare that source with a book source from our college library, and blog about the two sources on a common course blog, paying attention to specific tags. The assignment will run over 4 classes, with… Read more Final project assignment.

The malleable past.

### • How has the malleability of the past in the digital world complicated our work as history educators? • How has that malleability made it easier to teach about and help our audience(s) engage with the past? ### To respond to these questions, let me tell a short story. From the 1970s forward, some… Read more The malleable past.

Reflection on Wineburg: historical thinking over history.

Propmpt: “Given the current discussion about facts, real or “alternative”, how should we use what we know about historical thinking, public perceptions of the past, and what we can do with digital media, to promote a more accurate understanding of the past? Write a blog post that explores these questions.” I applaud Wineburg for privileging… Read more Reflection on Wineburg: historical thinking over history.

Learning Lexis-Nexus to understand Normandale Community College’s Past.

An opinion piece written in 1997 by communications faculty Willie Johnson titled “COLLEGES ARE STILL NOT ORIENTED TO SERVE STUDENTS OF COLOR” raises issues of access and belonging in college. I will use this article to teach students to use Lexis-Nexus Academic News, a notoriously fickle but enormously useful database of news. We’ll start with… Read more Learning Lexis-Nexus to understand Normandale Community College’s Past.

Creating part of a lesson using images.

I am thinking about how to use images or films in history. I thought I could use the top image from this [featured article](http://www.normandale.edu/foundation/creating-futures-magazine/creating-futures-summer-2013/the-premanand-legacy) on donors to Normandale. The female in the picture was a long-time mathematics professor at my school and has contributed significant money to Normandale. The professor pictured has three degrees, including… Read more Creating part of a lesson using images.