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Analyzing Historical Primary Source Open Educational Resources: A Blended Pedagogical Approach

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CITE Journal Volume 18, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


This qualitative case study addresses the need for pedagogical approaches to working with open educational resources (OER). Drawing on a mix of historical thinking heuristics and case analysis approaches, a blended pedagogical strategy and primary source database were designed to build student understanding of historical records with transfer of knowledge to related, contemporary problems. Thirty-seven graduate students tested the five-step strategy as they worked with historical OER on the topic of public health among slaves on 19th-century American plantations. Findings demonstrate the pedagogical strategy supported pattern identification and model building among all students and, for most students, the ability to transfer and use their understanding to inform new problems. Students expanded their understanding of 19th-century plantation life and factors impacting public health. Recommended adjustments to the strategy include added support for content curation, collaborative argument building, and discussion.


Oliver, K. & Purichia, H. (2018). Analyzing Historical Primary Source Open Educational Resources: A Blended Pedagogical Approach. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 18(2), 392-415. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved February 19, 2019 from .

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