Class Activities

The below activities make use of physical and digital primary sources, finding aids, and archival collections to teach information literacy, inquiry based thinking, integrative thinking, intercultural thinking, and metacognitive thinking skills.

  • Finding Aid Analysis Activity

    In this activity, students analyze a finding aid and (optionally) compare the finding aid to the collection it describes to consider audiences for archival access documents and descriptive content.
  • Personal Digital Archives Plan Activity

    In this activity, students create a plan for ensuring the preservation of their digital files.
  • Exhibit Label Gallery Activity

    In this activity, students examine the exhibit labels they have written in the form of a gallery that is later remixed to form a new narrative to learn about the impact of physical proximity, tone, and more for items and exhibit labels.
  • Archival Collections as Data: A First Look Activity

    In this activity, students consider the usage of metadata describing digitized photos from the Jim Peppler Southern Courier Collection at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as data. Topics of note include bias in metadata creation and data visualization.
  • Repository Design Activity

    In this activity, students design a digital repository and consider audiences, collected content, and uses of the repository as well as implications of those decisions.
  • Digital Repository Analysis Activity

    In this activity, students will analyze digital repositories maintained by archives, libraries, and museums to consider the efficacy and variety of ways that cultural heritage materials are made accessible to individuals outside of the original institution.
  • History in Your Home Activity

    This activity allows students to look at the physical items they interact with every day and examine them as though they were future historians looking at primary sources.
  • Your Digital History Activity

    The "Your Digital History" activity allows students to consider ways in which their digital lives might be understood and studied by future historians.
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