The Digital History Lab (DHL) is a learning and teaching resource for students and faculty interested in applying digital methods to the study of history. The lab is designed to foster collaboration and community in the development of research projects among students, faculty, and staff interested in history.
DHL is organized into two components comprised of seminar projects that emphasize experiential learning and student learning outcomes and individualized projects driven by faculty research. This two-pronged approach encourages student, staff, and faculty exchange in the learning and research process.
With this in mind, interactions with the Oberlin College Libraries, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence serve as critical partners and college resources in the intellectual and professional development of students working on digital projects offered through public platforms.
Students can take select courses that use the digital humanities or can apply for summer or winter-term opportunities with faculty interested in conducting digitally focused research with students. In both a group or individualized project, students work with selected datasets, original documents, and develop the interpretation and design of their respective projects or products. Working with DHL positions students for internships, jobs, and graduate programs in history, museum studies, and public history.