Thursday, November 16, 2017

Digital History and Jobs Skills

Worried about Robots Taking Your Job?  Learn Spreadsheets” in Wired is about a Brookings Institution study looking at the increasing importance of digital skills in the workplace from 2002 to 2016.  To summarize, the movement to have everyone learn to code is sexy but folks need to understand and use basid digital tools such as Microsoft Office and other software in a modern workplace.  Students who took Digital History and Archival Practices have been hearing this song for years.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THATCamp location

The THATCamp is meeting in Murphy 104.

If we need them for breakout sessions, we also have Murphy 106 and 102 reserved.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

More on Majors and Careers

Jeff Selingo's "Six Myths about Choosing a College Major" in the New York Times is worth reading when thinking about majors and how they relate to employment.  Check out his chart on lifetime earnings.  Selingo has written a lot about higher education and the future of work.  He has regular articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education plus several books.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

History Offerings

Registering for Spring 2017 courses is just around the corner.  With that in mind, the history department is offering some interesting courses including two new special topics courses.  Chris Dalton is teaching the Way of the Warrior in China and Japan.  Steven Pitt is teaching Piracy in the Americas and the American Revolution.  The piracy course is a new offering and the American Revolution is always timely.  Phillip Payne is offering a course the senior reading seminar on the United States Presidency and, with Dennis Frank, Digital History and Archival Practices.  If you want to learn about how historians practice and adapt to the information revolution, this is the class.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bonas THATCamp 2017 update

Bill Bechdel and Brian Mayer have been working on some cool ways to engage our THATCampers.  We're kicking off the day at 9 a.m. with Brian and Bill talking about escape rooms and their approaches, then we break into the unconference portion of the day.

We're setting up the unconference so that campers will have the option to participate in workshops on games, design, and curriculum or they can propose a session.

10 a.m. Brian and Bill will lead a hands-on workshop on designing games.  If you don't want to do that, propose a session campers.  It's an unconference!

11 a.m. open sessions - propose something when you register

Lunch - we're eating at the Hickey.  Lunch is on us.

1 a.m. Brian will have a hands-on session on aligning escape experiences to a curriculum.   Again, we will also have open sessions.

2:30 We can head down to XPhobia  to play!     You can register at  You don't have to stay for the entire event.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THATCamp Bonas

We’re hosting our second THATCamp on November 17 in Murphy Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  THATCamp in an “unconference” meaning that campers suggest topics for breakout sessions.  When you sign up at you will be asked to propose a topic that you are interested in learning more about.
Everyone is welcome and registration is free.  Snacks and lunch are included.  If you can’t make the whole event, that’s fine.  Come and go as your schedule allows.   Swag will be a limited number of tickets to play an XPhobia Escape room.  We’re wrapping up the event with the escape room at XPhobia.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Minecraft, History, and the Industrial Revolution

The Harvard Business Review Podcast has an interview with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft that has two interesting points for SBU history.  He notes that people love Minecraft and students in the public history class are working in Minecraft.  When asked about coping with the current technological disruption, he correctly notes that we've seen this before.  We should study the history of the industrial revolution for insight into the digital revolution.