About the Project
The 4th phase of the DSI project – DSI4 – will continue the work and further develop the outcomes of the previous phases of the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure project. EuroClio and Europeana will work together to improve the discoverability of both Historiana and Europeana websites. In this phase 24 new source collections and related eLearning activities, using content from the Europeana Collections, will be added to the Historiana eLearning Environment. EuroClio and Europeana will also updated Teacher Training Package developed in the previous phase of the project with the new educational material developed in this phase, and provide Teacher Trainings, both online and offline, using its updated version. This training will allow to directly train teachers with Historiana, and will give EuroClio the possibility to have a direct feedback from history educator, to take into consideration for future developments of both Historiana and the Teacher Training Package.
In September 2020, the project was lengthened for one year. This new phase of the project aims to further the discoverability of the digital cultural content, strengthen our partnership with cultural heritage institutes and train teachers and educators to use the platform and its content.
The overall aim of the project is to facilitate the optimization of Europeana and Historiana resources in history education, and in particular the project aims for:
- The re-use of sources from Europeana Collecions to create new source collections for Historiana eLearning environment;
- The creation of new eLearning activities for Historiana eLearning environment using the sources collected in the project;
- Provide teacher trainings and workshops using Historiana and the Teacher Training Package;
- Improve the discoverability of both Europeana and Historiana;
- Reach out and link better to history educators who search for source collections online.
The consortium will work in the project to develop the following outputs:
This output will result in new source collections for the Historiana eLearning Environment using sources from the Europeana Collection. All in all 24 new source collections on 6 different themes (4 for each themes) will be added to the Historiana Historical Content. This output will allow the re-use of Europeana Collections and will provide Historiana’s users with more Historical material available. The first three themes have already been decided: Industrial Revolutions, European Renaissances and Napoleon and his times. For the remaining three themes, in order to provide history educators with the material they are looking for, in the decision on the themes for the source collections feedback and suggestions from the EuroClio community will be taken into account. The development of these source collections will be done by the EuroClio with the supervions and curation of the Historiana Historical Content Team.
Along with the source collections, for each new source collection an eLearning Activity will be developed. This will result in 24 new eLearning activities that will be added to the learning and teaching section on Historiana. With these ready to use activities, users will have the possibility to see how new collections can be used to prepare learning activities to yous in their teaching.
The Teacher Training Package developed in the previous phase of the project will be improved and updated during this 4th phase. The updated version will include references to the new educational material developed during the implementation of the project.
You can download the teacher training package here.
Multiple specialized workshops will be delivered by different EuroClio trainers in Teacher Training Institutes amongst others in The Netherlands, using the updated Teacher Training Package and Historiana, from spring 2019. From fall 2019 a group of 4 educators, selected from the Historiana teaching and learning team will provide trainings all across Europe. EuroClio will also provide several online trainings throughout the implementation of the project. These trainings will allow EuroClio to directly train training teachers on how to use Historiana in their lessons. Feedback from the participants to the trainings will be as well important to give EuroClio and Europeana insights on how to update and improve the Teacher Training Package.
This output will result in upgraded partner pages on Historiana whereby partners from the platform will be enabled to create their own content and publish them directly on Historiana. The partners (museums, archives, libraries etc.) will be able to publish source collections and elearning activities by using their own collections. This will result in a variety of sources and languages on the platform.
The project will also focus on rendering Historiana able to use more types of sources such as videos, audios etc. This will be applicable not only for source collections but also for elearning activities.
The Historiana team is working to create an online course to teach the basics of Historiana to beginners. The Self-Paced courses will happen ‘live’ in February 2021 and 2022. The live course will include feedback to the content sent by participants, but the course will also be available offline, with no feedback.
Next to the Self Paced Course, the project will also develop a series of Webinars for advanced users of Historiana, which will focus on the ebuilder. The webinars will introduce the participants to the ebuilder and explain in greater details the reasoning behind certain elearning activities and how to take the most advantage of the ebuilder. These webinars will take place in December 2020, February 2021, April 2021 and June 2021.
At a glance:
The project will be implemented with the financial support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Lorraine Besnier (Project Manager)
Historical Content Team
- Bob Stradling
- Chris Rowe
- Francesco Scatigna
- Andrea Scionti
- Sean Wempe
Historical Education Team
- Helen Snelson
- Bridget Martin
- Gijs van Gaans
- James Diskant