• "A Guide for Using Primary Source or Original Source Documents: Origins, Purpose, Values, Limitations"

    Author(s):
    Minnesota Humanities Center
    Editor(s):
    Lauren Coats, Gabrielle Dean
    Date:
    2020
    Tag(s):
    Annotation, assignment, Bloom and fade, DPiH, DPiH Archive, DPiH Course Material or learning objects, practice, Digital pedagogy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/f2n5-ef57
    Abstract:
    Curatorial note from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: A basic object analysis exercise can turn a student’s initial wonder about an object—“What is it?”—into a foundation for further research by providing a scaffolding for observation and the pursuit of evidence. The resource models how much students can learn about an object through careful examination of its paratexts and bibliographic information. Although the “original source document” is presumed to be paper-based, the origin, purpose, value, and limitation (OPVL) exercise is easily adapted to digital materials, just as the analog exercise can be extended by digital means, such as a class blog or online annotation tool. In our own classes, we have supplemented the exercise with specific questions about a textual object’s materiality: packaging, design, evidence of use, and more. Teachers can find similar pedagogical resources within some digital collections, such as the National Archives’ DocsTeach that offers a suite of educational activities.
    Notes:
    This deposit is part of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, and published by the Modern Language Association. https://digitalpedagogy.hcommons.org/.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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