On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Department of History at York University held a teaching and learning event titled, “Making a New Canadian History Textbook: How to Use Open Educational Resources to Teach History.” I gave a short presentation about my work with Tom Peace and eCampus Ontario to produce […]
Every August, my department puts out a call for print orders for course syllabi. All course instructors are asked to submit digital files to be printed for thousands of undergraduate and graduate students. On the first day of classes, professors and teaching assistants march through the halls with large stacks […]
The federal government’s $4.5 billion decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline has set off a new debate about the controversial project. Canada has a long history of building energy pipelines, but Canadian attitudes toward major energy pipeline projects have changed over time. Unease over the environmental effects of pipeline […]
Episode 61: Why Graduate Students Study Environmental History Download Audio Subscribe Four amazing stories about four impressive graduate students in environmental history. Ever wonder why someone might study environmental history and write a dissertation in this field? On this episode, we speak with four […]
Last year, I wrote about my early impressions of the possible uses of virtual reality technology for public history and history education. I also led a session in my fourth-year digital history class on virtual reality and its potential for generating a sense of historical presence, an ability to simulate […]
In their 2005 article in First Monday, Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig recount the story of a remarkably prescient colleague, Peter Stearns, who “proposed the idea of a history analog to the math calculator, a handheld device that would provide students with names and dates to use on exams—a Cliolator, […]
Over the weekend, I appeared on BBC World Service on an episode of The Forum. The episode was a wide-ranging discussion of Canadian history since Confederation in 1867. I participated on a panel alongside Margaret Macmillan and Phillip Buckner. You can listen to the full episode in the player above.