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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.14 - Slow reading early modern texts and innovations in E-Learning: exploring the pedagogy of transcription

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By engaging with this poster session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe how transcription methods increase access to digitized historical texts while maintaining the the richer context provided by the aesthetics of original documents.
  • Discuss pedagogical rationale for the slow reading approach in order to engage in meaningful distant reading through text analysis.
For use in a second year fully online undergraduate history course, our transdisciplinary team developed modules for early modern text transcription and analysis. The modules offer opportunities for slow reading, where students have a better opportunity to think about the foreign-ness of historical documents. The procedure encourages them to think about sources and where they come from, how scholars do research and what methodologies they employ (Historical Thinking, 2015). Combined with text mining software, such as Voyant Tools, students have an opportunity to use new digital methods in their research. This not only allows them to employ new historical methodologies, but also sets up new transferable skills in using OCR, text mining, and other digital tools whose basic principles can find uses far beyond the academy (DeLyser et al, 2013).


DeLyser, D., & Potter, A. E. (2013). Teaching Qualitative Research: Experiential Learning in Group-Based Interviews and Coding Assignments. Journal Of Geography, 112(1), 18-28.

Historicalthinking.ca,. (2016). HISTORICAL THINKING CONCEPTS | Historical Thinking Project. Retrieved 6 January 2016, from http://historicalthinking.ca/historical-thinking-concepts

Milligan, I. (2013). Illusionary Order: Online Databases, Optical Character Recognition, and Canadian History, 1997-2010. Canadian Historical Review, 94(4), 540-569.

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Michael Brousseau

Education Technology Developer, Brock University
Michael Brousseau is the Educational Technologies Developer in the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at Brock University. He specializes in integration of external campus systems with the learning management system. Mike developed the prototype of the proposed Transcription Tool and... Read More →

Additional Authors

Giulia Forsythe

Giulia Forsythe is the Special Projects Facilitator at Brock University's Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, focusing in open pedagogy course design and universal design for learning.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00 EDT
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University