New teaching approach brings more students into Stanford’s archives

SUL Rosette

"Stanford faculty and librarians are working together to modify the curriculum of large undergraduate courses to bring more students to the special collections and archives of the libraries on campus.

A new partnership between Stanford faculty and librarians is giving more undergraduate students hands-on opportunities to work with historical documents and artifacts during class, simulating what professional historians do in the real world.

Stanford historian Tom Mullaney is leading the effort with Stanford University Libraries in adjusting the curriculum of several large courses in order to expose more students to special collections and archival materials available to them on campus.

The approach, which they call Massively Multiplayer Humanities, involves gathering course-themed archival sources and encouraging students to touch and examine the materials, using them to dive more deeply into historical events and to pose unique questions about different parts of history."