In History Beyond the Written Word: Unconventional Historical Sources and The Historian’s Craft. History 278 (Spring 2015), students conducted oral history interviews and collected other materials, researching history using unconventional sources.
The Playing Soviet website presents an interactive database of children’s book illustrations drawn from little-known and rarely-seen Soviet children’s books from the collection of the Cotsen Collection at Princeton’s Firestone Library. The website supports image annotation, allowing students to contribute to the site, and data exports, enabling the development of data visualizations based on information in the archive.
Custom, Instructional Materials Development, Language Study, Pedagogical Tools, Spanish and Portuguesebenj
Aprendo is an online textbook developed during 2016 for use in Spanish 101, 102, 103, and 107. Students have access to multimedia course materials and complete exercises online.
Annotation, Archives, Instructional Materials Development, Language Study, Near Eastern Studies, Pedagogical Tools, Text Encodingbenj
The Princeton Geniza Project website hosts approximately 4500 TEI-encoded transcriptions of Judeo-Arabic textual fragments. The archive has been used for decades as a scholarly research, teaching, and learning resource. In 2016, the newly-created Princeton Geniza Lab in Frist Campus Center, is working with staff members from the McGraw Center to update and standardize the database.
Custom, Digital Narrative, History, Instructional Materials Development, Mapping, Pedagogical Tools, Wordpress Sitesbenj
Students in the Spring 2016, HIS278, Digital, Spatial, Visual and Oral Histories course produced digital narratives using ESRI’s online StoryMaps application. Based on recorded interviews conducted by the Historical Society of Princeton, images from the Society’s archives, census records, and digital maps held in Princeton University’s Maps and Geospatial Information Center, these multimedia narratives tell stories about the lives of residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood in Princeton.
Annotation, Archives, English, Instructional Materials Development, Pedagogical Tools, Text Encodingbenj
The ABC Books project makes available for research and analysis an interactive digital archive of rare children’s alphabet books. The overarching goal of the project is for students not only to interact with the archive but also actively to build and enhance it. With the assistance of staff from the Center for Digital Humanities and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, this archive was developed for use in ENG 385: Children’s Literature. During the semester students were given opportunities to work with the archive, enhance the metadata associated with items in the archive, and to learn the basics of text encoding.
Annotation, Archives, East Asian Studies, Instructional Materials Development, Pedagogical Tools, Wordpress Sitesbenj
During the Fall of 2016, students in the East Asian Studies department’s East Asian Humanities course will expand upon a model developed three years ago. In collaboration with staff from the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, faculty members in the department developed an online space that not only presents course materials but also allows students augment course readings with multimedia annotations of their own. Teams of students also developed digital projects such as timelines, interactive narratives, and digital maps.
DerDieDas is an online introductory German textbook focusing on the 1200 most frequently-used words in the German language. The textbook is in use in the German 101 and 102 courses at Princeton. Staff members from the McGraw Center assisted in the development and use of the original prototype of the platform used in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Annotation, Archives, East Asian Studies, Instructional Materials Development, Language Study, Pedagogical Tools, Wordpress Sitesbenj
This website introduces four document collections in interactive formats for teaching and study. The first, Not So Secret Secrets, explores the elaborate safeguards for ensuring that Uesugi Kenshin could know that a gunpowder recipe that he received was in fact from the shogun. These documents also reveal the rapidity of transmission of Portuguese knowledge, and show the subtle social distinctions that are evident in these records. The second, The Emperor’s Clothes, provides four generations of documents relating to a particular incident where Awazu Kiyonori rescued the imperial wardrobe. Originally a low ranking noble, this act of valor allowed his great grandson to enter the lowest echelon of the court nobility. The third, The Better Part of Valor, reproduces six documents in the Migita collection that reveals how they were called to battle and fought for both sides in a civil war in the fourth and fifth months of 1333. A fourth section, The Shogun’s Mother, reproduces a 1338 letter by Uesugi Kiyoko (Seishi), the mother of the first Ashikaga shogun, who witnessed a decisive battle. Such letters rarely survive, and the condition of this record makes it challenging to read. The site was created by Thomas Conlan, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, and is used as a teaching tool for students, who translated and annotated the document collections.
Digital Narrative, Instructional Materials Development, Pedagogical Tools, Wordpress Sites, Writing Seminarjtemos
This Writing seminar examined fashion on “The Street” at Princeton. Students in the course photographed and interviewed fellow students, who explained how their way of dress expressed themselves.
Instructor: Erin Vearncombe, The Writing Center.
Classics, East Asian Studies, Instructional Materials Development, Pedagogical Tools, Wordpress Sitesjtemos
Flourishing roughly contemporaneously between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD, Rome and the Han controlled much of the Eurasian landmass. By focusing on common themes (including kingship, administration, society, and material culture), this course draws upon a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to introduce both empires and a core problem in historical enquiry. Unlike most comparative histories, this course also pays close attention to how ancient participants in empire perceived, portrayed, and theorized their worlds, and the ways these ideas shaped the different imperial projects.
This website provides a place for reflection, group work, and analysis of key topics of the course.
Instructor: Tineke D’Haeseleer, East Asian Studies
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This website presents materials in support of the study of Introductory persian. The lessons were developed by Firoozeh Khazrai of the Near Eastern Studies Department with Paula Hulick of the McGraw center for Teaching and learning.