Expanding Student Access to Historical Knowledge Using Digital Technologies

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching

Monday, January 1, 0001, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Digital History; Teaching and Pedagogy


This roundtable explores the use of digitally enabled historical materials to empower non-privileged learners under-represented in history-related degree programs and courses, and in higher education more generally. Digital technologies have increased the ability of faculty to impact directly the affordability and accessibility of learning. Presenters will share examples that demonstrate the use of digital technologies to enhance student engagement with historical sources through alternative modes of representation, expand socio-cultural diversity of historical sources and perspectives, and increase student access to historical knowledge through the creation of open-educational materials.

Session Participants

Chair: Connie Strittmatter, Fitchburg State University
Connie Strittmatter is the Strategic Projects Librarian at Fitchburg State University. In her current position, she leads the library’s assessment initiatives, represents the library in Digital Humanities activities, and provides training and educational resources regarding copyright. She supports Fitchburg State’s open and affordable education initiative by delivering workshops on OER topics and working individually with faculty to incorporate OER into their courses. Her research interests include developing models of instruction for academic integrity and exploring students sense of belonging in academic libraries and on college campuses.

Panelist: Laura Baker, Fitchburg State University
Laura Baker is Professor of History and History Education at Fitchburg State University. Her research examines contemporary social issues in historical perspective, and from the perspective of local and regional communities. Her most recent project explores the use of digital technologies to make history education more accessible and inclusive.

Panelist: Benjamin A. Railton, Fitchburg State University
Ben Railton is Professor of English Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is the author of six books, most recently Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism (2021). He also writes the daily AmericanStudier blog and contributes the monthly Considering History column to the Saturday Evening Post.

Panelist: Joseph Wachtel, Fitchburg State University
Joseph Wachtel is Associate Professor of History at Fitchburg State University. His research focuses on the impact of French religious projects on Indian-European contact in the earliest years of Canadian settlement. His more recent research and teaching interests coalesce around digital history, specifically the use of digital technologies to innovate new means and media for representing and understanding the past.