Teaching with Digital Collections: A Collaborative Design Sprint

Teaching with Digital Collections: A Collaborative Design Sprint

Across the web, historians and students now have access to a profusion of digitized primary sources.  As a case in point, Duke’s Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History has made thousands of items available digitally.  As yet, however, we have very few readily available plans for how instructors at different levels might structure research exercises to make use of this wealth of easily accessed evidence about the past.

This workshop is for teaching faculty at any career stage and graduate students who are interested in shaking up current lesson plans.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn from each other’s experience using digital collections in the classroom and then work in small teams in a design sprint to develop ideas for teaching modules that may be further refined and adapted, drawing from the Hartman Center’s voluminous digital collections. 

In the last phase of the workshop, each team will present their ideas to the group.  Participants will have access to subject experts during the workshop to address any questions that might arise about the collection materials and about possible teaching strategies.  We will publish the resulting modules on the Rubenstein Library’s website with appropriate credit given to the creators.  Once published, modules will be available to educators beyond Duke.

We will ensure participants are able to complete the module successfully in the time allotted by providing sample modules and a brief instruction sheet on navigating our digital collections prior to the conference.

The Hartman Center is part of the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.  The Center’s digital collections feature print advertisements and photographs from the late 19th century to the present and are thematically relevant to business historians.