Articles Posted in the " History " Category

  • The Online Classroom?

    This looks like a really interesting piece, which I’d like to read in full… but I suspect of interest to a lot of people working in e-learning particularly: The time comes for most teachers to face something they think they cannot do. Such a time came for me in 1993, when a guest speaker at […]


  • Art and Technology: Can they work together?

    Interesting piece from the Guardian: Technology and art have enjoyed a tempestuous relationship over the years. Fine art purists have demonstrated a wary scepticism towards the use and abuse of new technologies, and tech-heads have been staunchly resistant to art’s whimsical influence. But as the pressing issues of privacy and identity, addiction and dependency, and […]


  • [VIDEO] Online Privacy: A History

    Photography, telephone and telegraph = “moral panics”, led to legislation about privacy. This video gives a great insight into the social developments that also surround this:


  • BOOK REVIEW: Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet

    Looks like it could be worth a look: For most of us, our relationship with spam began almost gently: those short, jokey email messages reaching out to us from distant lands, with an intriguing, almost whimsical character. But they quickly grew into more forceful entreaties to help, support, defend or publicise some victim of an […]



  • Digitising the 19th Century

    Increasing access to historical materials – looking forward to hearing about new research emerging from this: Cengage’s plans to digitise the 19th century could open up a whole new world, finds Matthew Reisz Described by its provider as “the most ambitious scholarly digitisation and publication programme ever undertaken”, Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) was launched […]


  • Humanities Research ‘Surfdom’

    As someone who was involved in early digital humanities research (building a database of wartime propaganda posters in order to be able to identify themes/patterns in the posters), this story is really interesting: We are now witnessing what Martin Wynne, Oxford University Computing Services liaison at the Oxford e-Research Centre, describes as “a move from […]


  • Great video #JISCEL11 (via @jamesclay)

    Great video #JISCEL11 (via @jamesclay)

    A really inspiring video which echoes much of what I end up saying (wonder if I could sneak this into my Soc Med for Scared courses… makes a chance from ‘Guess the date of the quote’ – which usually sounds like something people say about social media, but was about e.g. the printing press or […]


  • #JISCEL11: David Puttnam: Towards a Digital Pedagogy

    Here’s my ‘live notes’ from David Puttnam’s opening keynote for the JISC Online Conference: Old fashioned concept of ‘wisdom’ has disappeared., as e.g. we have ‘professional’ politicians, who’ve experienced nothing else. Creative advisor in China re digital industries. Started with 5000 years of Chinese history used to set the context for the next 10 days, […]


  • WikiLeaks, Ramifications for History?

    WikiLeaks, Ramifications for History?

    The most recent WikiLeaks disclosures, consisting of tens of thousands of reports and analyses made by US embassies and diplomatic missions around the world, may or may not lead to greater public scrutiny – and hence democratic accountability, as Mr Assange hopes – of the conduct of foreign policy. The most vociferous criticism of the […]