There are still spaces on our workshop about Developing Online Research Training and Course Delivery if anyone would like to join us?  Please email us at to register interest.  This should be an interesting event as the discussion around online training is still an important topic for academia.  In addition this will be the first oppotunity to see History SPOT in action!
Date: 21 June 2011
Location: Wolfson Room, IHR
Time: 1pm-4pm
History SPOT platform
Matt Phillpott (IHR)

History SPOT [Seminar Podcasts and Online Training] is a new platform developed by the IHR to extend its postgraduate teaching and training onto the Internet.    This platform links together the IHR’s research seminar programme and training materials together for the first time and hopes to promote a community atmosphere around the resources.  Matt will discuss the development of History SPOT and present the platform for the first time. 

IHR plans and objectives
Simon Trafford and Mark Merry (IHR)

The IHR have a strong reputation for its face to face research training of postgraduate historians which we have developed ever since our foundation in 1921. The emergence of digital technologies presents new methods to further expand our course content but also offers opportunities to bring our expertise to a wider audience.  It also poses various difficulties in translating face to face content into digital resources and course structures.  Simon and Mark will discuss the experience of the IHR thus far in re-developing content in this manner and where they plan to go from here. 

Open University MA in History
Chris Williams, Wendy Mears and Stuart Mitchell (Open University)

The Open University is the leading UK online provider for research training.  Stuart, Wendy and Chris will be talking about the Open University’s History MA, specifically the part of it which is designed to introduce their students to the use of online primary and secondary sources for the study of the local and regional history of the British Isles. They have delivered this twice since they developed it, so they are in a position to talk about what they intended it to do, what it looks like, and how well they think it’s working.


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