At the vanguard of the pedagogical revolution to develop the next generation of history courses, I design curricula centered on experiential learning to train students to become professionals by researching, interpreting, and producing histories across diverse digital media platforms. My extensive research in the scholarship of teaching and learning has enabled me to “reboot” history courses for the digital age. I build courses consistent with the core competencies identified in the American Historical Association Tuning Project, where interdisciplinary skills development assumes equal importance as historical content.
My classes include instruction in digital tools such as GIS mapping, transcription software, and database construction in addition to the traditional format of lectures, primary source analysis, and theoretical readings. I integrated digital methodologies into my upper division course on the American Revolution, developing document labs to immerse students in this dynamic period through digitized manuscripts, artworks, artifacts, and rare book collections from a global network of libraries and archives. Additionally, I designed UC Davis’s first digital history survey course entitled Cities: A Digital Survey of World Cultures. I created active-learning environments comparable to a lean tech start-up by training a team of teaching assistants to be digital project facilitators. This interdisciplinary teaching team came from fields ranging from English and History to Public Health, and they received intensive training in GIS, web design, podcast production, and documentary editing. These teaching assistants subsequently led teams of undergraduates in building digital exhibits with professional production values.