Digital Technologies and Historical Thinking

Learn about our TLRI-funded project that asks questions about the relationship between digital technologies and historical thinking in New Zealand universities.

Moving beyond the Threshold: Investigating Digital Literacies and Historical Thinking in New Zealand Universities

Digital technologies and historical thinking

Funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, this project (2014-2017) investigates how university students and teachers use digital media to support the acquisition and retention of disciplinary threshold concepts for transformative learning and improved student outcomes in history-informed subjects. An NZ-wide environmental survey, a MOOC-enabled workshop series, and the development, implementation and evaluation of digitally-mediated coursework provides research evidence to enhance teaching practice and benefit future-oriented student learning. Innovative features include the creation of a digital history portal for communication, project management, and dissemination plus the use of self-reflective e-portfolios. Mentoring junior teacher-researchers who are at the forefront of digital adoption and e-pedagogy is a priority.