John Stehlin | Using History Pin as a Pedagogical Tool | Berkeley STIR 2017


okay thanks everyone um I This presentation I
titled it I think “Collaborative Mapping in Pedagogy” I was a little bit more
specific here with using specifically the site history pin which is a
community history kind of collaborative community history archive which I used spatially for students to map the images that represented concepts in the class and I’ll talk a little bit more about that in just a second so and the Geography Department so this is kind of a natural part of our pedagogy but I
think it can be applied far more widely to increase student engagement with
material in a sort of participatory way this also comes out of my
experience working with The Living New Deal Project which is a collaborative
mapping project of about 13,000 New Deal projects from 1933 to 1945 revealing the kind of density of activities that map that reveals the density of activity is
what I was after with students on work the problem that I saw with the sort of
standard reading response papers which are the common assessment method in the social sciences and humanities is that they’re often not relevant to student interest and they don’t actually usually build
towards a higher goal they tend to individualize feedback so that’s neither cumulative nor collaborative so I wanted to get away that a little bit the
opportunity which I saw is that sharing images and places *again I’m a geographer* from daily life is an increasingly intuitive part of students’
experience more broadly outside a classroom and so I wanted a platform to
play with course concepts that more visual and more spatial than a blog and embedding maps in WordPress is actually extremely challenging so I settled on history pin the the project plan was to use history pin
in geography 181 or big field study which I would already be modeling ways of
observing the you know ways of observing the classroom outside the classroom right I used history pin which was suggested by my lecturer teaching colleague Ben Manila
and a few things it was important to me that it not be tied to student’s other online identities so not Twitter or Instagram things like that
to create a separate world a little bit more privacy um it supports geotag,
multimedia uploads, embedded links, and a group specific base map and what I did find that it can be embedded in BCourses as well which is handy so I assigned weekly pins to these 17 students we can talk about that class size and how it might translate something larger I assessed them on a check check Plus check – basis enough
to encourage compliance but not to create an excessive expectations or sort
of pressure around the assignment the idea is that it would be an off-the-cuff experimentation so this is what students would see when they logged into the BCourses site and you can see that the densities of various sites that students have pinned
right to show you a little bit of what their pins look like, this is a pin that
one of my students posted from her daily walk Willard Park so this is a little
bit of information about how it was formed in part using Hudfunds
in 1968 and something I didn’t know so I also learned from this as well here’s another you can maybe see a little bit that this student is actually
using some of the reading material from this is a sort of ideal where the
student is using reading materials from readings to show what the reading was
about actually in the landscape and again I was modeling this kind of
you can even apply to title beyond a field course this is just to give you a sense of what what it looks like when you actually embed a link right it uses
an engine that I don’t understand to to give you a preview of that link target
and so students can easily build out a kind of small bibliography very quickly
with what is essentially a sort off-the-cuff blog post of a particular you know
particular image right so I found this to be really useful it’s
actually more useful than I even expected so that wasn’t nice suprise some of the outcomes students seem to enjoy the project is just one quote you
know a small survey but the student said that it put them into a certain type of
perspective on the world: How could I do a history pin about this? That’s kind
of the ideal. I thought it was good preparation in this particular case for their final projects which involved creating their own field trip on a
particular theme so it is it did sort of build in that particular way some points to consider you can use this was very wide open because it was sort of a test. Throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks it’s more structured assignments
that I could envision they go beyond geography which is are my sort of core
competency would be you know in media studies you could have students find
examples of gendered advertising in the world but also how people might engage
with that in the real world or a scavenger hunt to find evidence of soil
erosion or invasive species creeks that could be candidates for daylighting right these are there would come up in environmental
science or landscape architecture some of the logistical challenges where there’s no direct interface with the grade book even though you can embed it in BCourses but it’s easy enough actually for students and this was Michele’s
recommendations for students to submit links to their pins as their assignment
submission in BCourses so that seems like it would be easy enough There are some privacy and curation issues student pins are public there’s no way to make them
private and they are adding content to a public site but the admins of history
pins are actually really enthusiastic about this project I’ve been in touch
with them and so I’m going to be recommending if its possible the ability
to create private groups specifically for a kind of educational mission as
well as an app which they had and then they took down but I think they’re in
the process of rebuilding that was the number one student hope was that there
would be an app but the fact that there is a desktop desktop version not like
Instagram where you have to have a smartphone is a huge plus as well in
terms of access and for a student that doesn’t have a smart phone or phone at all and was able to participate so that basically covers it Happy to answer any questions [Applause]

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