Open Pedagogy and the Archives: Engaging Students in Public Digital Humanities

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The archive offers one of the most common arguments for digital humanities as a form of public scholarship as researchers present difficult-to-access materials in broadly accessible digital editions. While many teacher-scholars have addressed archives—physical and digital—as a way to engage students with research methodologies, primary sources, and curatorial activities, this chapter develops a framework for pedagogical partnerships with archives in the pursuit of project based learning and public scholarship. Drawing from precedents in digital humanities and library instruction, the chapter proposes an open pedagogical approach for the creation of public-facing resources from textual materials in the archive. As a model for enacting this approach the chapter reviews a course that scaffolds learning from the curation of archival materials to the publication of a digital documentary edition.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities
EditorsAnne Schwan, Tara Thompson
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-11886-9
StatePublished - 2022


  • digital humanities
  • archives
  • teaching and learning
  • pedagogy
  • markup language
  • digital editions
  • critical code studies
  • text encoding initiative
  • writing studies
  • public scholarship
  • Mary Breckinridge


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