As one of the major parts of the European Digital Treasures project, the Archival Literacy Online Course has been developed to assist teachers in introducing students of grade 9 and higher to the world of archives.
This course offers a sustainable and attractive tool linked to young user education on how to use archives, teaching students how to conduct research within the archival holdings, through traditional lectures and presentations at schools and integrate the possibilities offered by archives, mostly in Humanities, specifically in areas like history, arts and geography.
To access the course, go to http://eudigitaltreasures.me/.
The Archival Literacy Online Course is available in English and Spanish.
On May 6, 2021, the European Digital Treasures project partners held a webinar introducing the Archival Literacy Online Course. You can watch the webinar recording here.
“Memory and Education: The role of archives in the construction of the European identity”
Aware of the importance of the archival document in the construction of young people’s European identity; the valorisation of the document, its nature, and potentialities for research; the use of archival documents in an interdisciplinary perspective; the archives, the school and the construction of young people’s memory, we seek to reflect in this presentation on activities that can be developed within the scope of the creation and formation of a student profile for the 21st century.
In this sense, activities have been developed with secondary school students using physical archives, in particular the Arquivo Municipal de Vila Nova de Cerveira, and online documents. At the moment, we are developing work with students from two classes of tenth and eleventh years, on pandemics (Spanish flu, cholera, smallpox, and bubonic plague) and economic crisis. Given the themes, we have used the interdisciplinary approach in DACs (areas of curricular autonomy) to enrich the products we aim to obtain.
Emília Lagido, History teacher at the Escola Básica e Secundária de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, and Teresa Gomes, History teacher at Escola Secundária de Mem Martins, Portugal
“Archival Literacy: Inspiring learners through documentary heritage“
Following an outline of the structure of this online course, Marica will present a brief overview of each of the three modules and the expected outcomes while discussing the use of primary sources in the classroom and this digital literacy course as a form of outreach.
This presentation takes a look at the importance of archival literacy as educational systems change. Today’s classroom focuses on giving students not only content, but also reasoning skills. Analysis is one of the core principles introduced in the classroom. This has created an opportunity for archivists and teachers to work together in an attempt to reduce constraints such as time and curriculum content. The presentation also looks at the benefits of using primary sources in the classroom and the way in which the Digital Treasures Archival Literacy Online Course attempts to bridge the gap between the classroom and the archive.
Marica Camilleri, History and English teacher at St Elias College, Malta
“The benefits of an easily accessible and extensible online learning platform“
As part of the Digital Treasures project, the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Department at Munster Technological University has developed an online programme using the Rise platform. In this talk the Head of the TEL Department, Dr Gearoid O’Suilleabhain, will discuss the benefits and affordances of utilising an accessible and extensible e-learning platform in a context such as the Digital Treasures project. From the ability to learn at a time and pace decided by the student to the ease with which content can be added and updated, he will discuss the implications of the approach taken and how this approach can be used, and re-used, long after the project has finished.
Dr Gearoid O’Suilleabhain, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Department at Munster Technological University, Ireland
Karl Heinz, General Manager, ICARUS – International Centre for Archival Research, Austria