Using Europeana Collections to Teach Dialogue, Debate and Discussion

At the Learning to Disagree training seminar in Berlin, Jaco Stoop and Judith Geerling presented the Historiana eLearning environment to the core team. The resources that will be developed within the Learning to Disagree project will feature on Historiana. However, EuroClio decided this training seminar also presented a unique opportunity to familiarize a group of European educators with the rich content offered by the Europeana Collections. This is mainly important be cause throughout the project, the core team will have to include source material that is multi-perspective, transnational and free to use for education in their learning activities.

In order to demonstrate how educators can use the Europeana Collections to create learning activities with Historiana, Jaco selected sources of the horse-drawn carriage Golden Coach, which is at the center of political debate in The Netherlands. The attendants learned how to add these sources from the Europeana Collections to their own Historiana environment. Subsequently, several elements of the eActivity Builder were shown, such as the tool to analyze and annotate visual sources. In addition to adding sources directly from the Europeana Collections, Jaco also highlighted the exemplar source collections and learning activities that have been developed within the EuroClio partnership with Europeana.

EuroClio Joins Europeana at EdTechXEurope Conference in London

During the EdTechXEurope 2018 Summit, Steven Stegers (EuroClio) joined Milena Popova (Europeana), Alain Thillay (French Ministry of Education), Federica Pascotto (Art Stories) during the panel discussion “Ecosystem unite! Collaboration across the field as the key to unlocking progress”. During this panel, Steven was asked to tell more about the cooperation between EuroClio and Europeana, the impact that this cooperation had on the teachers that EuroClio serves, and about the future plans for cooperation. In response, Steven shared that most of the cooperation between EuroClio and Europeana has focussed on the development of Historiana, with the main aim of supporting history educators to make best use of digital heritage for quality education. He explained that EuroClio can help educators search the digital collections of museums and archives from all across Europe and has worked to develop sources collections that are curated and contextualised. In the coming period EuroClio and Europeana will work with Webtic and partners on improving the discoverability of (re)-sources, will support teacher trainers to use Historiana in their education programme, and develop interactive ways in which Europeana sources can be used.

Europeana DSI 3

About the project

The Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure phase 3 (DSI3) project has continued the work of its predecessors DSI1 and DSI2 in tackling the question of how to unlock the potential for use of digital heritage for (history) education. The project focused on the further integration of Europeana and Historiana in order to make them more user-friendly, thus allowing for their optimal use in history education.

Together with Europeana, EuroClio developed a teacher training guide (How to use online tools to promote historical thinking?). This guide is designed for teacher trainers to challenge and support their trainees or colleagues to create, adapt and use eLearning Activities that promote historical thinking using the Historiana eLearning Environment and Europeana’s Source Collections. The guide includes practical information on how to set up a workshop, a set of ready to use teacher challenges to create eLearning activities, and various types of support material. The guide can be downloaded below. The exemplar content and a screencast of an online eTwinning seminar bringing together all the materials are also available below.

Project Aims and Outcomes

The project aimed to facilitate the optimization of Europeana and Historiana resources in history education, through:

  • The development of content to be used in an eLearning environment
  • The creation of a strategy for teacher training in the use of this environment
  • Developing a strategy for the continuous testing of the Historiana facility with users (teachers and students)
  • Aiding in website development in accordance with addressing the key issues that have been identified over the course of DSI1 and DSI2

The project delivered the following concrete outputs:

  • 14 e-Learning activities and 12 source collections on Historiana using Europeana content
  • A training package for teachers regarding the use of the e-Learning environment on Historiana, using Europeana content
  • 7 Europeana specialised workshops for teachers within existing training events of EuroClio and/or EuroClio’s member associations
  • 2 online eTwinning events on how to use the Historiana e-Learning Environment with Europeana content

Educational Materials

Check out all 12 source collections on Historiana!
Check out all 14 learning activities on Historiana!
Teacher Training Package - Europeana DSI3


Report Workshop at Fontys University - 14 April 2018

Report Annual Conference Workshop in Marseille - 24 April 2018

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Making historical thinking explicit to students using online tools