Category Archives: Teaching

Five Ideas for Digital Labor History

This article originally appeared on January 9, 2014 in LaborOnline. Over the last two decades, digital technologies have transformed practically every aspect of historians’ professional lives. When I entered graduate school in the 1990s, there were still professors who wrote … Continue reading

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Laboring Wikipedia

Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Work with Wikipedia Last spring I finally made the leap.  Like many other college instructors, I’ve found the traditional term paper a less-than-inspiring exercise.  Students, infamously, do not read a professor’s comments … Continue reading

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Old Book, New Data

Over the past year or so I’ve been working on digital history project that aims to convert a 1925 American Labor Who’s Who into a research and teaching database and wiki. It continues to be “a learning experience,” as my … Continue reading

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The Governor’s Thinking Has Become Very Uptight

Originally posted on Rethinking the University. Mulling over Jerry Brown’s recent comments on the disruptive impact of digital technology on education, I’m reminded of the lead character in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski. Another spokesman for the California … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown, Vanguard of the Digital Revolution (He Googled It)

Originally posted on Remaking the University. At the last Regents meeting, Governor Brown mounted the digital barricades and sent a shot across the bow of every University of California professor and administrator. Tossing a mixed green salad of metaphors about … Continue reading

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Spring Comes to L.A.

The winter quarter is winding down at UCLA, the libraries are full, and the professors scrambling to get ready for spring.  Yes, including me.  I’ll be teaching a digital history class titled “History, Now! Digital Media, Social Crisis, Historical Perspectives.”  … Continue reading

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