The advent of the internet has transformed how academics do research and completely changed the way students study in the twenty-first century. However, much of the basis of Higher Education remains distinctly pre-internet with a strong focus on the writing of essays. Ray Laurence decided enough was enough and that students needed to engage with the internet and understand how to write for a wider public. Thus, he introduced the blog into his assessment strategy for his new unit AHIS313 The City of Rome. Read the blog now!
Students had to research their own topic and read widely, but would need to transform that knowledge into a blog for the public. Thus, no sentences in the passive, no subjunctives and an emphasis on revealing further knowledge via hyperlinks to ancient sources. The students also had to research images that they could reproduce on the internet in a blog. This process produced numerous high-quality blogs on a range of topics from Roman firemen through to the Theatre of Pompey.
The next stage was to edit the blogs and build a platform for them. Ewan Coopey, Oliver Twyford, and Jack Jones undertook the editing and worked with Brian Ballsun-Stanton in his Tuesday Hacky-Hour to develop their digital skills that built the platform for the blogs. They also researched images of coins from the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS).