“Transatlantic Digital Victorians” is an exciting new collaborative student/faculty research project between the University of Huddersfield and Huron University College in Ontario, Canada.
Dr Amy Bell at Huron and Professor Paul Ward at Huddersfield are going to supervise group student projects in the 2016-7 academic year, with students from The Historian’s Craft and Digital Victorians, which will culminate in a shared virtual exhibit tentatively entitled “Transatlantic Digital Victorians”.
Using the original historical objects of our Community Partners, the Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre, a preserved one up, one down weaver’s cottage as it would have been in 1900, and Eldon House, an upper-class Victorian home in London, Ontario, we will ask groups of students to work collaboratively through skype and social media to create the digital history displays.
Students will learn about the material history, provenance and significance of their object, and create 3d images and blurbs to be shared on the Digital Victorians website, the Eldon House website and Scholarship@Western.
Our wider goal, as part of the Global Undergraduate Research Classroom Project at Huron and the internationalisation strategy at Huddersfield, is to build on and engage students in our collaborative international research networks, and to open up new possibilities for critically engaged research learning. Our departments share a tradition of community-based learning and research, student-faculty collaboration and digital history projects, and we hope to expand these collaborations in years to come.
History at Huddersfield utilises research-led teaching and a commitment to public engagement to ensure that what we do is both useful to society and beneficial to the employability of our students. We see our students as researchers – partners in the development of knowledge with academic staff, often through co-production of knowledge with community partners. For more information seehttp://www.hud.ac.uk/courses/full-time/undergraduate/history-ba-hons/ andhttp://www.hud.ac.uk/research/history/
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