Judging by the full class roster, it looks as if we have a great group of twelve students ready to begin work this Friday!
My plan is to lead students through discussions, directed readings, practical exercises, on-site instruction, and research in the creation of a plan for the National Park System to use podcasting and other new media techniques to tell the story of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
Utilizing a new thematic context established by the NPS and leading historians, students will interpret and apply themes, identify national parks with major resources related to each, work with parks to identify prospective stories, and craft a four-year podcasting plan that meets NPS professional standards and gives students a unique hands-on experience.
If time permits, we may create a sample podcast or two, too!
Throughout the course, students will work with National Park Service professionals at Fort Vancouver and at national park sites across America, including our NPS Chief Historian in Washington D.C. Good times!