New Project to Innovate Historiana for All Kicks-Off

On 10-11 January the new Historiana project Innovating History Education for All had its kick-off meeting in The Hague. The partners in the project The Mount School YorkWebticGeorg Eckert Institute and the Educational Research Institute came to the EuroClio Secretariat to discuss what will be developed in the project and agree on a timeplan. The project will run for 3 years (2014-2017) and includes a needs assessment on online education (specifically for history education), the development of new online tools for the Historiana website, examplar learning activities to demonstrate how these tools can be used in different ways to promote historical thinking, transnational source collections, a teacher’s guide on how to use these sources and a curriculum and policy research with policy recommendations for online learning in history education.

The first step in the project is the Needs Assessment that is conducted by the Educational Research Institute in Poland. The assessment will involve an international group of educators and includes a survey and three focus groups during the EuroClio Annual Conference in Denmark with participants, followed by in-depth interviews. At the same time the Georg Eckert Institute starts with the analysis of curricula on online education related to history and citizenship education.

This new project also involves a group of 5 educators that will work togother with The Mount School York on new ideas for online tools and ways to use these to promote historical thinking. At the same time these educators will be trained as Historiana trainers to give workshops on online learning. After an open call to the EuroClio members for individuals who would like to participate and a lot of interest from many different countries, the 5 core group members were selected: Susanna Margret Gestsdottir (Iceland), Miljenko Hajdarovic (Croatia), Natia Pirtskhalava (Georgia), Pascal Tak (The Netherlands), and Richard Kennett (United Kingdom). This group will meet for the first time in mid-February with The Mount School York and Webtic in The Hague.

New Historiana Project: Call for Core Team Members

EuroClio acquired a new project within the Historiana programme: “Innovating History Education for All”. The project will run for 3 years (from 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2017) and is implemented by EuroClio in partnership with WebticMount School York, the Educational Research Institute and the Georg Eckert Institute. The project will result in a needs assessment, cross-border historical source collections, online learning tools and activities, a multi-lingual user’s guide and a report on educational policies and curricula. At the moment we are looking for history educators to join the core team of history educators that is responsible for the development and testing of the online learning tools and exemplar applications. More information about the call for core team members can be found here:  Call for Core Team Members Historiana 2014.

On 14 and 15 May EuroClio and Europeana organise a co-creation workshop in The Hague

The aim of the co-creation workshop is to facilitate cooperation between the partners working on Historiana and the other EuropeanaCreative partners in order to further stimulate the re-use of Europeana’s cultural heritage resources through the Historiana portal. To reach this goal there will be attendants from the field of content providers and history educators. Web developer Webtic and editors Bob Stradling and Ineke Veldhuis-Meester will participate on behalf of the Historiana team.

The topics that are on the agenda for day 1 of the co-creation workshop are: various ways of presenting Europeana content on the Historiana portal; ways in which this content can be used for online learning; how these online learning activities can be used in the classroom; the further dissemination of Historiana and lastly: new features, uses or improvements for the history education pilot.

Day 2 will be about the ways in which content providers and web developers can support the process of stimulating the re-use of cultural heritage resources from the Europeana database through the Historiana portal.

Message of Bob Stradling, Historiana Editor in Chief

Regular readers of the EuroClio website and newsletter may recall that in September 2012 it was announced that the digital portal Europeana was opening up its dataset of over 20 million digitised images, documents and other cultural objects for free re-use. Given that so many of these objects relate to history and heritage this has important implications for history educators everywhere, but particularly across Europe.

Now a new project, Europeana Creative, supported by the European Commission as part of its Digital Agenda for Europe, has been implemented. Its primary aim is to demonstrate that Europeana can facilitate the creative re-use of its dataset.  Historiana and its web design partner Webtic, will have a role to play in this project. Europeana Creative has set up five pilot projects, one of which is on history education.  As part of this work we will be trawling through the Europeana dataset for resources that could be uploaded on to Historiana as source collections and as material to support and illustrate current and future historical case studies and core narratives.  But perhaps the more exciting aspect of the project is that we will also be working with Webtic to develop e-learning activities using these resources. Work on this has already begun and we envisage that it will lead to online activities on working with multiple perspectives, weighing evidence to support conclusions, using sources to make comparisons over time and space, planning an historical enquiry, analysing and interpreting photographs, cartoons, posters, historical maps and important documents. Given the huge dataset that is available we have decided to focus initially on five content areas where there appears to be a lot of material available. These are the Napoleonic Wars, Emigration to America, The First World War, European cooperation and Remembrance sites. We will keep you updated on future developments in this very fruitful collaboration.


Bob Stradling

Historiana editor-in-chief