New Webinar! Students Becoming Scholars: Using Digital Archives to Create a Powerful Primary Source Assignment
Presenter: Julie R. Voss, Associate Professor of English, Lenoir-Rhyne University
A unique joy lies in the study of rare old books—the compelling promise of imaginative typefaces and yellowed pages, the intoxicating flow of the language, marginalia inscribed centuries before by an original reader, the thrill of making a fresh discovery. Most students aren’t aware of what can be found in their library’s rare book room; indeed, many never explore these revered repositories. But thanks to the magic of digitization, professors can easily share the delights of antiquarian works with their undergraduate students in powerful new ways.
In this webinar, Dr. Julie Voss shares her experience using a digital archive of 18th-century books, broadsides and pamphlets to fascinate and challenge an undergraduate class of English majors. Using the Readex Early American Imprints collection, she asked her students to select an out-of-print text and then create an original modern edition of the work. Throughout this process, they experienced the joys and frustrations of working with rare old books, expanded their repertoire of research skills, and, in the end, began to see themselves as legitimate scholars.
Join us to learn proven tips and techniques for:
• creating an effective digital archives assignment of your own
• structuring the assignment to dramatically improve student research skills
• increasing student knowledge, engagement and enthusiasm.
The webinar will conclude with an open Q & A session with Professor Voss.
By Julie R. Voss, Associate Professor of English, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Thursday, September 29, 2016 — 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern
About the presenter
Julie R. Voss is an associate professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. Her primary specialty is early American literature, and her articles include “The Muslim World in Early U.S. Texts.”