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Technology and the HistorianTransformations in the Digital Age$
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Adam Crymble

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043710

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043710.001.0001

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Building the Invisible College

Building the Invisible College

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Technology and the Historian

Adam Crymble

University of Illinois Press

This chapter shows how historians learned technical skills, focusing on the changing self-learning ecosystem. The chapter considers the two key problems facing self-learners: what to learn and how to learn it, arguing that many resources focused too narrowly on specific how-to instructions, making it difficult to build up a contextual understanding of the problems technology could help historians solve. Despite the shortcomings, beginning with statistics textbooks (1970s), through software reviews (1990s), and dynamic programming environments (2000s), as well as a myriad of workshops, summer schools, and unconferences, this chapter highlights the thriving and dynamic community supporting colleagues through self-learning. This dynamism was in contrast to a relatively poor provision offered by universities, leaving many to turn to the “invisible college” for support.

Keywords:   self-learning, invisible college, statistics, programming, unconference, summer school, technical skills, pedagogy

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