Kick off meeting for ‘Teaching European History in the 21st century’ project

The project

EUROCLIO is excited to announce the kick-off of our new project; Teaching European History in the 21st century. This three-year project aims to respond to the needs of European Universities that are increasingly international by providing innovative didactic methods, and the development of innovative teaching materials.

EUROCLIO’s contribution

EUROCLIO will be working on the development of an online collection that will be uploaded in Historiana. It will be consisted of selected primary sources in the original language and English translations, clustered around important themes in European history. Also, the primary sources mentioned and described in the textbook, which will be published in the end of the project, will be made available in the form of online source collections, in their original form and in English translation.

Project leader and project partners

The project has been undertaken by Utrecht University, which is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands since it was established in 1636. The Department of History and Art History is the largest department in the Faculty of Humanities and has a strong focus on international teaching and research cooperation. Furthermore, we have six project partners: The Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – UAM), which is a public university established in 1968, one of Spain’s most prominent higher education institutions. The Department of History at HU Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), which is one of the largest and most diverse centers for historical studies and research in Germany.

University of Sheffield, whose outstanding record of research has been consistently recognized by external bodies and it has been ranked among the UK’s top three History departments for the impact and quality of research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Charles University (CUNI, Univerzita Karlova) in Prague, the oldest University in Central Europe, founded in 1348. Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), a Hungarian public research university based in Budapest, which was founded in 1635. Last but not least; The University of Lille (UDL), a multidisciplinary university of excellence at the heart of Northern Europe.

Outputs

At the end of the project, the following outputs will be published:

(1) An open access textbook that reflects the multiperspectivity of European history, covering transnational developments and networks in early modern, modern and contemporary history. The chapters are written collaboratively by international teams of authors from at least four of the participating academic partner institutions to ensure a truly European perspective.

(2) A collection of online lectures functioning as introduction to the chapters of the open access textbook.

(3) An online collection of selected primary sources.

(4) A best-practice guide to the use of the above-mentioned outputs in the international classroom. This digital volume will be based on the experiences of testing the outputs by international teacher teams in structured learning activities that form part of this project.

Kick-off meeting

Our first project meeting took place this week in Utrecht University, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During this meeting we had interesting discussion and dialogues about the aims of the project and how to effectively reach our goals while ensuring we make the biggest possible impact. We are looking forward to the next steps! Learn more at: https://teh21.sites.uu.nl/

New Sets of Primary Sources Selected from Europeana Now Available on Historiana

In the coming weeks, EUROCLIO will publish a new series of source collections that have been developed specially to address challenges related to the teaching of historical thinking skills. Together with the source collections, exemplar learning activities have been made available that show how the collections can be used in practice. Another online eTwinning webinar has been organised on 25 June 2018 at 6:30pm CET 5.30pm GMT.

About Historiana

As mobile phones, laptops and tablets are becoming a more prominent feature in schools everywhere, teachers are trying to find ways to deal with the challenges that come with these developments. They are aware of the fact that education must be adjusted to the needs of students in a digital era. Educators sometimes experience technology as challenging, however, they also appreciate the benefits of teaching in a digital era, by using online interactive teaching tools that offer added value to their lessons for example

In our view, history education in particular is well-placed to benefit from these technological developments. Online technology can provide students with many more historical sources than traditional textbooks, or present them with a variety of viewpoints that promote multi-perspectivity. EUROCLIO’s online history education portal Historiana offers precisely that: a plethora of digitised collections of primary sources, exemplar learning activities and teaching strategies, and an e-learning environment for teachers to create their own learning materials. The development of Historiana is supported by the Europeana Foundation.

EUROCLIO and Historiana presented in York

The Annual Conference of the Historical Association in the UK was held May 10 and 11 in York. Marjan de Groot-Reuvekamp, EUROCLIO board member, attended the conference to present EUROCLIO’s programme Historiana – Your Portal to the Past. She introduced EUROCLIO’s missions and aims and Historiana to English educators. The participants also got the opportunity to work with a brand new Historiana source collection. They were asked to brainstorm about new interactive learning ideas for this particular collection. The ideas developed during this brainstorm are used by the Historiana team as a starting point to further enhance the learning section of the Historiana website.