Since 1993, when its ‘History’ website was launched, the IHR has been at the forefront of using digital technology to support scholars and the wider public in the UK and overseas. With the opportunities offered by Web 2.0, social networking and advanced audio and video transmission, the IHR wishes to expand this activity across its unparalleled and internationally acclaimed series of seminars and its unique postgraduate research training programme.
This Pilot Project has two key aims;
- To delivery the IHR Seminars online through podcasting and live-streaming with additional content.
- To develop an online presence for the IHR postgraduate research training programme.
Every fortnight the Institute hosts 53 different seminars on its premises, ranging from the early medieval period to contemporary history, and including most varieties of the discipline. It also runs a range of larger academic meetings and conferences. We propose to pilot the delivery of the IHR Seminars online. Selected seminars will be streamed live, with users having the faculty to contribute questions and comments in real-time. These will then form the basis of ongoing discussion and debate for users choosing to view the seminar at a later date.
In addition, the pilot project will focus on providing a place to expand our successful postgraduate research training programme in a virtual learning environment (VLE). We will develop new training modules addressing the skills gap which prevent many historians from utilising digital tools and technologies to their fullest extent. We will provide new materials and training packages utilising the latest technologies and requirements.
To achieve these aims we plan to develop a VLE platform that will combine and integrate the training programmes with the seminar programmes to provide a place for research, learning and training for students and researchers alike.