Thanks to Jeff McClurken’s model, I put together a pre-class assessment survey on Google Drive for my DH class today. It was fairly quick and easy (took less than an hour–of course, I didn’t have to make up my own questions!). I will send it out to the students tomorrow. Hope it doesn’t scare them away!
I also have identified a couple of projects that my students can work on in the course. One is the story of a local woman who received a Civil War pension from the federal government for her service, and who also worked at the local lighthouse. The second is a website on “Lost Dunkirk.” The town of Dunkirk used to be much bigger and more prosperous; it lost a lot of businesses and buildings over the years, including some through bad urban renewal. The historical society has photos and info on many of these buildings, I found when I visited today, so this will be another web project for the course.