Opening Up Historiana

Opening Up Historiana

In “Opening up Historiana” EUROCLIO will involve more people and organisations in the development and use of Historiana. It will be possible for third parties to publish and promote resources on Historiana and to develop eLearning Tools for the Activity Builder. The project will stimulate the re-use of the Europeana Collections because the improvements made to Historiana will make it more attractive for cultural heritage institute to offer access to their collections via Europeana. In addition the project will result in actionable recommendation that will help those organisations that provide content to the Europeana Collections help educators discover, and use source for use in education.

Project Aims

The INEA - OH project will aim to:

  • To improve the user experience of educators who create e-learning resources on Historiana;
  • To expand the functionalities of the Historiana eLearning Environment;
  • To create three new eLearning tools on Historiana eLearning Environment;
  • To open up Historiana to web developers and developers of educational resources;
  • To re-use sources from Europeana Collections for the benefit of educators and their students.

Expected Outcomes

The consortium will work in the project to develop the following outputs:

Documentation for webdevelopers

The purpose of this activity is to ensure that any web developer who has sufficient knowledge and experience in working with JavaScript has the information that is needed to create eLearning tools that can be added to the Historiana eLearning Environment. The documentation, produced by Webtic, will consist in a website page on Historiana. This page will provide all the necessary information in terms of how Historiana works, the coding system, and other useful information. This page will serve as guideline for webdevelopers who would like to contribute or are interested in working on Historiana.

 

Three eLearning tools

The development of new tools to the Historiana eLearning Environment will involve the project partners, professional webdevelopers and history educators. This output will further expand the functionalities of the creation of personal eLearning activities on Historiana. The three new tools that will be implemented in Historiana will result in three new blocks that will make it easier for the users to create eLearning activities using the historical content present on the Historiana eLearning Environment.

Partner pages on Historiana

Project partners will have their own page on the Historiana eLearning Environment. This will enable them to have a dedicated space on Historiana in which they will be able to publish their own eLearning activities in the language of their choice. The purpose of the development of partner pages is to make it possible for developers of educational resources, besides EUROCLIO, to create, publish and promote eLearning Activities. All project partners (Muzej Slavonije, Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů and Stockholmskällan) will work with the history educators from their network, to create exemplar educational resources on the Historiana eLearning Environment that will be used in their own educational setting, and in their main language of instruction.

Recommendations for Europeana

The purpose of this activity is to identify what can be done to help history educators find more sources that they can use in the design of (online) resources. The recommendations will provide insights on how creators of resources for the teaching and learning of history are searching for sources online. This will result in a list of recommendations addressed to Europeana and their content providers, which will give them inputs on how to better link with history educators and how to collect content in a way that it would be more adaptable and driven to education.

Post-project business case

The purpose of the post-project business case is to make sure that the outputs developed in the framework of the project will be sustainable in the future. The business case will result in a study mapping the needs of commercial publishers of educational resources and those of history educators who are interested in the use of IT to enhance their teaching practices. The business case will give EUROCLIO insights on possible way on how to keep Historiana sustainable.

 

The Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

A Historiana Project

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Partners

 

Project managers

Steven Stegers
Acting Executive Director, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators

Judith Geerling
Senior Project Manager, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators