Instructor, Department of History
- FYSM1000: Immigrant Colorado
- This was a freshman seminar where students analyze census data to understand immigration to Colorado. Over time, the idea is that the course in various iterations will create an online exhibit including data visualizations and essays on immigrants in Colorado in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I'm hoping to develop more undergraduate courses along similar project-based lines.
- We also got some help from the students of Katie King at the Skyline High School in Longmont. Thanks!
- HIST1015: American history to 1865
- HIST4726: Nation of Immigrants: Immigration in American History (also in online version in Winter 2020)
- HIST6546: Text, Data, and Text as Data: Introduction to Digital History
- This was a pilot version of a core course in what has since become a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.
- HIST4435: U.S. History 1945–1973
- HIST4166: HIST4166: The Vietnam War in Politics and Culture (also in online version Summer 2019)
- HIST2166: The Vietnam Wars
- New! HIST2566: Made in America: Work and Workers in American History (never yet taught, but recently approved!)
- HIST3020: Thinking and Writing in History (Theme: The Vietnam War in the American Experience)
- These days, all my (face-to-face) Vietnam War classes attempt to include some interaction with veterans; I'm very grateful to the folks at Warrior Storyfield for making that possible!
The history department at CU Boulder has recently started what we're calling the History Teaching and Learning Project – we're thinking a lot about how to communicate to students what we think the essential skills of a historian are and what historical thinking means. In conjunction with that, we're thinking a lot about our pedagogical practices and the goals and efficacy of our assignments; this is increasingly reflected in some of my assignments as well.
While I'm still under the influence of the LMSs and most of my assignments are in those restricted spaces, in the interests of openness I'm adding some of my favorite assignments and materials here. Feel free to copy as you please, though attribution is of course appreciated (CC-BY-SA).
In addition, all assignments and materials for the Fall 2017 version of HIST4726, Nation of Immigrants: Immigration in American History are on the class website for that term (I've since changed the course quite a bit, though).
- The Little Regular Expressionist: This little pamphlet, which is inspired by The Little Schemer by Daniel Friedman and Matthias Felleisen, aims to serve as a gentle introduction to regular expressions. (If you happen to find it useful and would like to modify for your own purposes, feel free to download and edit the .tex file.)
- Life story of a 19th-century American person: My favorite assignment from the American history survey course (to 1865). Students create an invented life story but they must show that it is historically plausible. These are so much fun to read!
- Ticket tasks: My new favorite type of assignment, I used it in the Spring 2018 Vietnam War class, and have reused it since though with some tweaks. Originally, for selected classes, students must complete a "ticket task" ahead of time; it's called that because it's their "ticket" to class discussion. (I didn't invent the idea, but I've forgotten who I stole it from.) The tasks have a very detailed structure that tries to encourage close reading of documents and articles (if you like, check out the actual tasks). I found it was really helpful for me to see students engaging with the material, and I could easily point to common mistakes in thinking.