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Teaching History in the Digital Age

T. Mills Kelly

Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: University of Michigan Press
Published: 01/2013
Pages: 182
Subject: Education - Higher, Education - Teaching Methods & Materials/Arts & Humanities, Social Science - Media Studies
Print ISBN: 9780472036769
eBook ISBN: 9780472900275


Although many humanities scholars have been talking and writing about the transition to the digital age for more than a decade, only in the last few years have we seen a convergence of the factors that make this transition possible: the spread of sufficient infrastructure on campuses, the creation of truly massive databases of humanities content, and a generation of students that has never known a world without easy Internet access.

Teaching History in the Digital Age serves as a guide for practitioners on how to fruitfully employ the transformative changes of digital media in the research, writing, and teaching of history. T. Mills Kelly synthesizes more than two decades of research in digital history, offering practical advice on how to make best use of the results of this synthesis in the classroom and new ways of thinking about pedagogy in the digital humanities.


“History educators have for the most part been slow to embrace the digital world inhabited by their students in their teaching. This book is part practical attempt to encourage and assist them to do so; part reflective meditation on what history ‘is’ and how historians think about fostering higher learning through history; and part impassioned appeal for historians to recast what they do in the classroom in the light of a changed student population.”
—Alan Booth, University of Nottingham