Podcast Project: Divided Germany in Cold War Europe

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Elizabeth Drummond
Loyola Marymount University

This upper-division course, capped at 25, is designed mainly for History majors and minors and students in related fields. A Topics in Public History course, it integrates a variety of public history projects. In addition to these projects, students also had avatars (half the class East Germans and half West Germans) and had to write a series of avatar entries. This assignment includes three interlocking projects: two group podcasts and one individual essay. The class produced a podcast on Divided Germany, with each of 7 groups recording an episode on a particular theme. The group members conducted research on a topic related to the episode theme and then contributed their research to the episode and wrote an individual essay. Groups were also supposed to present their research to the public through “free history lessons” or “in-stall” history posters and social media posts. Because of COVID-19, those public engagement projects were canceled, and the class focused on putting together a storymap based on their avatar entries (one per student) and integrating the podcast episodes.


Image: By Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-0919-307 / Hirschberger, Ralph / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5425854

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