History 615:

The Requirements

There are four main requirements for this course:
    1. Active participation in class discussions, both on-line and in class.
    2. A "Web Journal" in which you will record your reactions to readings and carry out other assignments. There are 8 journal entries; of these, you are required to do #s 1, 2, 7, 8, ; you can choose to do any two out of #s 3-6. The entries are due by the evening of the class where the reading is assigned. (You will lose credit for unexcused, late entries.) During the optional weeks, you should send me an email to alert me to the fact that you have posted a journal entry.
    3. A Web review essay (due 14 October) in which you will assess the coverage of a particular historical topic in digital forms.
    4. A Digital History Project Prototype and Proposal (Due 14 December): You will make a proposal for a digital history project and also develop a prototype of a portion of it. (There will be an option, to be discussed, to do these projects in groups.)

These major requirements will make up your final grade with the different items roughly weighed as follows: participation (15%); web journal (25%); review essay (20%); project proposal (40%).

There will be an "on-line" component to class participation as well. The point of that is to extend class discussion beyond the limited two hour and forty minute slot that we meet once a week. Equally important, it is meant to foster discussion on your projects among members of the class. One of the key points of a seminar /workshop like this is for it to be a group experience. Unlike a conventional class where almost all the advice and assistance comes from the instructor, in a seminar everyone will take a hand in shaping our discussions and helping fellow class members. Much of this will happen in class, but we will also try to do some of this on-line. Everyone is strongly encouraged to post reflections on the class discussions, readings, and projects to our class email list as well as to actively maintain their web journal. You might, for example, comment on a reading that particularly intrigued or annoyed you. Or, you might comment on problems that you have been confronting in carrying out your projects. Or, you might have come across a terrific web site that you think other members of the class should examine.

We will communicate with each other via our class listserv: HIST615-004@gmu.edu Remember that when you write to that address, it goes to everyone in the class. So you only want to post things that you want everyone to see.

How to subscribe and use class mailing list:

1. Send an e-mail message TO: listproc@gmu.edu

2. Type the following line as the message text:

subscribe Hist615-004 Your Name

3. Send the mail message. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your subscription to the list.

4. To send an e-mail message to all subscribers of the list, send

the message TO: Hist615-004@gmu.edu  

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