Our Vision for Fresh Water Stories

Draft: Project Organizing Principles

Below are our working organizing principles for this project. This is a living document and will be revised as we learn how to refine and improve teaching about fresh water history.

Pedagogical Principles

  1. An “estuarial pedagogy,” recognizing the strengths and contributions of students along with the need to blend their realities with the realities of digital humanities, academic, and vocational expectations.
  2. Ethics of care
  3. Actively pro-student and therefore anti-racist, feminist, anti-homophobic
  4. 50/50 skills to content orientation
  5. Transparent in pedagogical tools: students can see the layers of the tools and can understand how it operates and shapes the intellectual work and outcomes
  6. Built to incorporate SOTL
  7. Include wrap-around services: built-in support from experts specific to the project
  8. Fully web accessible
  9. Open access and OER
  10. Participating in the project does not require additional funds from students.
  11. Project supplies the necessary hardware and software for students to succeed.
  12. Public history oriented
  13. Collect only as much information as necessary to facilitate learning.
  14. The project will embrace a collaborative ethos. So, collaboration with outside partners will be modelled on a non-hierarchical and reciprocal model.

Technology (Privacy, Maintenance, Security)

  1. OER and Open Access
  2. FERPA compliant
  3. Attentive to Normandale policies
  4. Uses lowest technological denominator
  5. Students contract with project at the beginning of semester.
  6. Collect only as much information as necessary to facilitate learning.
  7. The project will privilege durable data forms, such as txt and csv formats over proprietary formats.
  8. Students control their exposure to public facing online environments
  9. The project will be oriented towards an extensible and sustainable infrastructure. [Sustainability and maintenance windows — will need to revisit]
  10. Student learning is more important than the generation of scholarship or the sustainability of the technology and project outcomes.

What is the Fresh Water History Project

  • Teaching project
  • Fresh water
  • Starting at the assignment level
    1. Access
    2. Use
    3. Make meaning
  • Department initiative but not exclusive
  • Privilege open pedagogy
  • Platform for experimentation is Reclaim- we can add anyone who wants, offer training on tools- we are not tool prescriptive
  • FERPA informed and attentive to history discipline standards for public history.
  • Public history
  • Prioritizing lowest common technology denominator