Each student must create a contract detailing their project’s mission, milestones, tools, and labor division.
Mission statement (describe project)
Describe the overall goal of your project and the intended audience
Describe the basic structure of your site and intended features.
Discuss how you will incorporate common elements for all of our sites, such as a Historical Background, Shared Timeline, and Map of events in local communities to tie into world/national timeline in the overarching site.
Tools you plan to use
Everyone will be using WordPress, so that’s a given. But what theme, plugins, layout will you use?
Will you be using a timeline tool on your site in addition to the shared timeline? If so, will you be using TimelineJS?
Will you use a map? Google Maps? Something else?
Other tools you’ll use for your site? What will you use to edit images? If you’re using audio/video segments, what tools will you use?
Milestones (when critical pieces are ready to present)
Start with the due dates for the initial site (April 9) and the revised version (Apr. 30).
Include when you will post the various pages and sets of pages, complete research at various archives, obtain images, gaining copyright permissions, etc.
Set reasonable, realistic goals. Take into account that some things may take longer than others.
- Particularly big pieces should have intermediate deadlines (e.g., we will have completed half the timeline entries by March 12, the rest by March 19)
Division of labor
- Be specific about who is doing what.
- Note that both students have to work on both technology and research.
Examples from other courses:
Mary Ball Washington, Adventures in Digital History
Midwestern State: Galbraith and Hadwal, Century America
McDonald Territory, Divided Houses