Digital texts and teaching medical history

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Digital texts and teaching medical historyKier Waddington, UK medical heritage library event27/10/20161

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digital texts & Teaching medical historyKeir Waddington, Cardiff University

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Access

Engaging with digital databases provides easy access to material for research, interaction, and deliberation, a source that is constantly available and only a click away

Linda Friday

The digital archive goes wherever we go; it is always with us, always open, removing the traditional constraints of time and location for research and accessing sources for teaching or student dissertations

Bob Nicholson,

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DIGITAL WITH BENEFITSAccess never hearing its not in the libraryNew possibilities / new frontiersExpanding content / curricula

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TRANSFORMS THE CLASSROOM INTO A LIBRARY / ARCHIVE

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DIGITAL WITH BENEFITSStudents at all levels can explore beyond extracts / snippetsdevelop new methods ofinterpretationpursue or develop questionsOwnership of the pace / direction of their learningproducers of knowledge?

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BUT

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ISSUESGetting students to exploreVast array of digitized materialsFlawed or misleading resultskeyword blinkerscherry-picking content via keyword searchersSpeed over thoughtIrrelevance and frustrationTrap of convenienceCut and paste What happens when the server goes down?

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WHAT NOT TO FORGETI think, digital media have the potential to reshape the gathering, sharing, processing and analyzing of information, but they cannot free historians from the demanding and complex tasks of interpretation and explanationBeat Kumin, Warwick

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Exercises

Start smallIntegrate (where possible)Embed skillsTasks to familiariseDont make assumptionsAnalyse as material objects

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NOT, AND / OR THE basicsPreparation for future researchUnderstanding how digital texts / sources are createdWhat do you gain? Miss?Sense that not the wholeThe research processCreative thinkingIntuitive decision makingAsking questions / changing questionsAdvise on searchingCareful and critical readingContext, context, contextIts not all random - benefits of serendipity

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OptionsSearchingcreating bibliographieshow digital texts relate to other textsTexts v paragraphs / gobbetsDoes size matter?Change across editionsacross around a range of textsCreating timelines SMILE Timeline Widget, NeatlineWikis & reviewsCurated image collectionsCorpus linguistics?

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Questions?THANK YOU

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