In a post on AHA Today, Julia M. Gossard (Utah State University) describes a mapping assignment for teaching about the Global Early Modern World.
A mapping project such as this can address a number of learning objectives as well as challenges instructors face when teaching a survey history course. Instructors of survey courses in Western civ or world history frequently complain that their students lack a number of competencies that preclude their full understanding of the course’s content. Through this project, I was able to address my students’ lack of geographic knowledge, challenge their aversion to historical research projects, and build their digital literacy.
Gossard’s post goes on to detail the ways in which this nontraditional assignment led to the strengthening of skills in digital literacy, source evaluation, and collaborative inquiry: outcomes those working in libraries, archives, galleries, and museums are keen to support.