Intensive Learning Opportunities

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Photo: Kings students standing in front of Shingwauk Hall, Algoma University. Earlier this month I had the privilege of hosting over 40 students from King's University College (Western University) during their visit to Algoma University.  The students spent a really long time on a bus traveled to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to spend a couple … Continue reading Intensive Learning Opportunities

Historical Reminiscents EP 20: Open Source Public History

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This week's podcast episode is all about the intersection of open source digital tools and public history.  I talk about ways that digital history and open source communities can enhance public history practice.  I also chat about my favorite open source public history tools. What open source tools or platforms do you use as part … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 20: Open Source Public History

Historical Reminiscents EP 19: Program Evaluation and GLAMs

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This week's podcast episode is focused on program and project evaluation at Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM).  I discuss the importance of having programming goals, the range of ways success can be measured, and different evaluation types. Do you have experience of evaluating programming at a public history site? I would love to hear … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 19: Program Evaluation and GLAMs

Fridays by the Fire

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Last week I was an invited speaker to the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site's Fridays by the Fire series.  This series runs January to April on Fridays and invites local folks to have lunch in the 'summer kitchen' room of the Ermatinger Old Stone House while listening to a speaker.  The name of the series comes … Continue reading Fridays by the Fire

Historical Reminiscents EP 18: Using Wikipedia As A Teaching Tool

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I chat about the potential ways Wikipedia can be used in the classroom and other educational settings.  I discuss what skills can be learned from editing Wikipedia and I dive into what support is available to instructors wishing to create Wikipedia focused assignments. Do you have experience using Wikipedia … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 18: Using Wikipedia As A Teaching Tool

Historical Reminiscents EP 17: Leadership, Admin, And The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I discuss building admin and leadership skills within public history.  I talk about education gaps, how to gain hands on experience, and the importance of mentorship. How have you worked to build admin or management skills within public history? Leave a comment or send me a message on … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 17: Leadership, Admin, And The Things They Didn’t Teach You in Grad School

NCPH Election Results

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Jumping up and down news! (Okay, I admit that I might be the only one who jumps up and down at this news). I was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council on Public History (NCPH). Folks can find the complete election results in the March issue of the Public History News … Continue reading NCPH Election Results

Talking About Failure in Academia

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Taking about failure is hard. The ways in which we talk about and process failure can be deeply personal. We often see failure of a representation of ourselves and take it personally. Folks in academia talk about success, however we are less apt to discuss those times we've failed to hit the mark. Failure is … Continue reading Talking About Failure in Academia

Historical Reminiscents EP 16: Building Moderation Skills

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New podcast episode! In this week's episode I discuss effective moderation techniques and the role of a good moderator.  I try to answer the questions: How do you become a moderator? What does a moderator actually do? What skills do you need to bring to the table as a moderator? Do you have good or … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 16: Building Moderation Skills

S is for Signal-boost

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This post was partially inspired by Claire Kreuger's alphabet blog series on colonialism and reconciliation. I've been thinking a lot about signal-boosting as a form of activism recently.  This has in part come from conversations around what work settlers can engage in following the verdict which found Gerald Stanley not guilty in the shooting death … Continue reading S is for Signal-boost