EUROCLIO is thrilled to announce that The Evens Foundation agreed to support the further development of the Historiana World War One Module! The WWI Module consists of a package of (online) learning resources that is being developed to help educators to put the First World War in a wider perspective. The module will consist of cross-border source collections, learning activities, and online tools that promote multi-perspectivity and historical thinking. Currently the Community of Voluntary Contributors, Content Team and Learning Team, supported by the EUROCLIO Secretariat Staff, Trainees and Research Trainees work hard for the Launch of the Module in July 2014.
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From 21-23 February Bob Stradling, Chris Rowe, Helen Snelson and Steven Stegers met in Edinburgh to work on the development of the Historiana First World War module. The team worked on different content areas that highlight specific aspects of the WW1, such as “The Descent into War”, “Experiences in the War” and “The Search for a Lasting Peace”. The module will consist of several resources that can be used to teach about WW1 in a comparative and transnational way: a wide range of source material, learning activities; and tools that can be used to online learning activities. More information can be found in the brochure.
At the “Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana” conference more then 200 representatives from research and teaching, mediation of history and education came together at the Berlin State University on 30-31 January to discuss the possibilities and limits of digital access to material about the First World War and review – from different perspectives – the contributions which have been made in the past years. As part of the plenary, Steven Stegers shared the challenges and opportunities for the use of these digital collections in history education and introduced the work done by EUROCLIO on the development of the Historiana First World War Module within the EuropeanaCreative project. The full programme as well as the presentations can be downloaded here.
In cooperation with the British Library, EUROCLIO organized a Historiana Learning Team Meeting from 10 to 12 January in London to discuss the progress of the EuropeanaCreative History Education Pilot, test the Analysis of Visual Sources and Compare and Contrast tools for the Historiana website, edit material from the History that Connects the Western Balkans projects and create ideas for exemplar Learning Activities.
On 20 November 2013, EUROCLIO President Sylvia Semmet and EUROCLIO Deputy Director Steven Stegers presented and discussed the Historiana First World War Module (developed in the EuropeanaCreative project) during the History Day for Educators at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen. The programme “Der Erste Weltkrieg 1914-1918. TransnationalePerspektiven für das historische Lernen”. Other contributions to the programme were made by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hallet on “Teaching the Great War in a Foreign Language”, Regional History from the City Archive, and a presentation by Prof. Dr. Dirk van Laak. The day ended with a discussion amongst the educators about the implementation of the new history curriculum so far.