Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present
April 9, 2020
This webinar was co-sponsored by ORIAS and the UC Berkeley History Social-Science Project. It was inspired by a lesson created by teacher-leader Bryan Shaw, called the "COVID19 Student Journal assignment".
In the webinar, Shaw opens the session with a discussion of the origins of the assignment. Dr. Monica Green, a historian of medicine and health, discusses the COVID19 Student Journal assignment. She then discusses ways different disciplines contribute to our understanding of past epidemics and pandemics and provides suggestions for ways to approach student-produced records of the current situation. The session ends with Q & A from the audience.
After Shaw created this assignment, other teachers made modifications to the original assignment to better fit the needs of their own students, including translating the assignment into multiple languages. Teachers are encouraged to modify the assignment to fit their needs and to share back their version of the assignment to UCB H-SSP. We also welcome the submission of student work associated with the assignment (with student permission).
More resources associated with the assignment are available on the COVID19 H-SS Resources page of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project website.
Form to submit student work from the COVID 19 Student Journal assignment
Slidedeck from Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present (.pptx)
Slidedeck from Documenting a Pandemic: Past and Present (googleslides)