Citizen History – so close or too far? Current results from Citizen History and the Problems of Creating Participatory Projects

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Friday, April 03, 2020: 4:30pm - 5:50pm -

Eric Schmalz, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA, Michael Haley Goldman, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA

Are citizen history projects effective at promoting learning, increasing motivation, and assisting institutions with their collections goals? What are the institutional and practical problems that hold more projects back? New formal evaluation data suggest that many of the educational and institutional goals can be achieved by these projects. Yet, barriers still limit their adoption. This paper will examine the documented results possible for citizen history projects and the practical factors that could help small and large institutions create their own participatory projects.

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