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Five lessons from teaching family history to older students online


Wegman, I, Five lessons from teaching family history to older students online, History Australia pp. 1-31. ISSN 1449-0854 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.17613/g6c3-d261


As universities move more and more teaching online, educators have mixed reactions. This article puts forward five lessons learned over seven years of online teaching in a diploma-level university history course. Many students in the course have low digital literacy, but they are able to overcome difficulties with their online study when given the opportunity and appropriate support. University management does not always recognise the extra time required to develop pedagogically sound and inspiring online lessons. Nonetheless, this space can be made to work for history educators and, moreover, it can provide a valuable and necessary opportunity for students who might otherwise feel alienated in an increasingly digital world.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:higher education, family history, online learning, older learners, digital literacy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Wegman, I (Dr Imogen Wegman)
ID Code:155500
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2023-02-24
Last Modified:2023-02-24

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