“Space is itself historical.” –Richard White

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Digital history has shaped spatial and data visualization in exciting new ways. According to Richard White, “Visualization and spatial history are not about producing illustrations or maps to communicate things that you have discovered by other means. It is a means of doing research; it generates questions that might otherwise go unasked, it reveals historical relations that might otherwise go… Read more »

The Digital Historian

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Digital history has begun to revolutionize the way in which historians conduct research, collaborate, and publish. Democratizing access to this process of reading, writing, and rewriting, as noted by Burdick et al expands the conversation exponentially and provides for the opportunity to further innovate. According to Mark Sample, “the ‘builders’ will build and the ‘thinkers’ will think, but all of… Read more »

Hello World Update

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I am currently taking a course titled HST591:Digital history with Dr. MacFadyen in the history M.A. program at Arizona State University. According to the syllabus, digital history is defined as the “use of computers, digital media, and other tools for historical practice, presentation, analysis, and research.” In addition to my background as a political scientist, I hope to continue to expand my understanding… Read more »

Roles in the Online Classroom

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Navigating the online environment can be quite a challenge, and at times isolating. Reflecting upon our roles in the online environment, both as learners and instructors, can help guide behavior and interaction toward a successful exchange. Below I very briefly reflect upon my understanding of the key roles and functions of both students and instructors in the online environment. Student… Read more »

Common Misconceptions of Online Learning

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In order to promote student success, instructors must provide the opportunity for learners to become familiar with the method of instruction. In traditional face-to-face courses new college students often take a couple weeks to adjust to the mode of instruction and learning environment. In order to help students in this transition, instructors provide an introductory period in which they introduce… Read more »

Theories of Learning for Instructional Design in the Online Classroom

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It is important that instructional design be informed by sound educational theory. Online courses are no exception. Online learning courses must uphold the same academic standards as their face-to-face counterparts, and yet, they embody distinct learning environments. Below I outline several dominant theories of teaching and learning and investigate their application for the online environment. I will argue that online… Read more »

Learning Styles: A Hoax?

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Have you ever heard a student say something like, “oh I’m a visual learner, I need to see information in pictures to understand it”? Well they are talking about learning types, a relatively challenged theory of individual learning strengths. You can take the VARK questionnaire to identify your own preferred learning style. According to VARK learners can be identified as… Read more »

The 2016 Election: Primaries and Caucus Results

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The spreadsheets below show in detail the 2016 primary and caucus results for each party. I’ve compiled all the information for you including if the election is a party caucus or primary, if the primary is open, closed, or mixed, and each candidates vote percentage and delegate count. You may print this and use it for the exam. Republican 2016

Introduction to United States Government

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Want to complete one course for IGETC, Area 4.. or half of the U.S. history, Constitution and American ideals requirement for UC transfer in only 6 weeks??? Sign up today! Summer 2015 @DVC POLS 121, section 9356