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Welcome to Clio Wired. This is fundamentally a hybrid class, about both the theory and practice of history in the digital age; while the emphasis lies more on the former than the latter, students will hopefully leave the semester with a better sense of both the landscape of tools and methods available to them as well as how to actually get started.

That in mind, the 2 hours and 40 minutes allotted for the weekly class meeting will be broken into two chunks:

  • The first hour and 45 minutes (or so) will be focused on discussion of the week’s readings, examining the issues they raise and the core concepts and implications of digital methods for the practice of history
  • After a short break, the last 45 minutes of most classes will be run as a lab section, each week introducing a ‘digital skill’ in a loose, hands-on format.


    While it’d be nice to avoid grades entirely, they’re a necessary evil, so here’s how they’ll work in this class:

  • 50% of your final grade will be based on a final project proposal
  • 25% of your grade will be based on participation (both in class and on your blogs)
  • 25% of your grade will be based on demonstration of ‘digital skills’ (follow link to learn more)


    We’ll have two layers of discussion this semester, one offline and one online. In both, all standard rules of consideration apply. Engage deeply with the material, and play nice.

    With regard to your blogs, I’ll expect each of you to post a reasonably substantial response to each week’s readings sometime before dawn on the day of each class (read: a few paragraphs, more immediate reaction than carefully-wrought prose). You might, for example, comment on a reading that particularly intrigued or annoyed you, or describe a tension between two authors (extra gold stars for connecting readings to other things happening either in your experience or the online/historical worlds writ large). You are also strongly encouraged to post comments on the blog entries by me or other members of the class.

    Other Policies

    Attendance: Because this is a graduate seminar that places a premium on collaborative discussion, if you are not in class you cannot participate effectively. As a result, if you fail to attend class, your participation grade will certainly suffer. If you are forced to miss class for any reason (be it personal, medical, or other), let me know as early as possible, and circumstances will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    ADA: Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact me to make necessary accommodations (before week 3 of the semester please). Students should present appropriate verification from the Disability Resource Center.

    Plagiarism and Cheating: The University has an honor code . Follow it.