Zeit.shift MOOC - Digital in gesterns Zukunft

Zeit.shift MOOC - Digital in gesterns Zukunft

University of Innsbruck

Team Zeit.shift

Duration 6 Lektionen
Unit 2 Stunden/Lektion
Licence CC BY 4.0
Participants 62
Availability 8 July 2022
Startdate 2 May 2022
Costs € 0.00

General Course Information

What do newspapers tell us about life 100 years ago? How can I research historical newspapers available online to formulate a scholarly question? How are newspapers digitized and made accessible via web platforms?

In the Zeit.shift MOOC - Digital in yesterday's future you will work with historical newspapers from North, East and South Tyrol by presenting them as online available sources for scholarly research. We will prepare selected topics from the newspapers as examples to give you an understanding of the range of historical texts and to make it easier for you to find an exciting topic for a scientific paper.


Course Content

  1. What can I expect from the Zeit.shift MOOC - Digital in yesterday's future?
  2. How do I develop a research question on a humanities topic?
  3. How are historical newspapers digitized and made available online?
  4. How do I research historical newspapers via web platforms?
  5. How do I evaluate the results of my research?
  6. How can I interrogate the texts with digital methods? What perspectives do this investigation open up?

Course Goals

Participants will learn how to use historical newspapers as a source for researching a scientific question, how to develop a research question, how to evaluate topics, how to cite sources correctly, and how to summarize the results of their research. The MOOC also provides insight into digitization, automated text recognition (Optical Character Recognition), computational linguistics and digital methods in the humanities.


No prior knowledge is required.

Course Procedure

The MOOC is divided into 6 lessons. The lessons build on each other but can also work as standalone modules. We will take you through the process step by step with the help of expert videos, text and image materials, as well as quizzes and assignments to explain how a historical text source is transformed into a digital and online resource. In addition, we will introduce you to the newspaper texts and their use in contemporary digital applications in the humanities.


Participants will receive a certificate of participation if more than 75% of the quiz questions have been answered correctly. For active participation in the course, an automated certificate will be issued upon completion, which includes the username, course name, and completed lessons. It should be noted that this is only a confirmation stating that the user has correctly answered at least 75% of the self-checking questions asked.


All course materials are provided under the open CC BY 4.0 International license (except for external links and individual separately marked documents). This allows free use and also modification and republication of all components of the videos, working materials, exercises and test questions (so long as they are not external, i.e. linked materials, in which case the respective conditions apply). A sustainable usability and use is therefore possible, even beyond the course and project duration of imoox.

Course Leader

Team Zeit.shift
Team Zeit.shift

This MOOC was created as part of the project Zeit.shift - digital in yesterday's future. Zeit.shift is a cross-border Interreg project of the Landesbibliothek Dr. Friedrich Teßmann, the University and Provincial Library of Tyrol and EURAC Research for the preservation, indexing and mediation of the textual heritage of North, East and South Tyrol.

The team directly responsible for the content in the Zeit.shift MOOC consists of Johanna Walcher and Maritta Horwath. Johanna and Maritta are employees of the Digital Services Department of the University and Provincial Library of Tyrol. In the Zeit.shift project, in addition to designing the MOOC content, they are responsible for other mediation services as part of the citizen science initiative to raise awareness of the textual heritage of the North, East and South Tyrol regions. Florian Ambach supports the team in developing the content in the Zeit.shift MOOC.

In addition, the team is accompanied and supported by the three main partners of the Zeit.shift project, that is, the Landesbibliothek Dr. Friedrich Teßmann, the University and Provincial Library of Tyrol and Eurac Research, and namely Johannes Andresen, Isabella Dissertori, Karin Pircher, Silvia Gstrein, Barbara Laner, Barbara Hoffmann, Andrea Abel, Verena Lyding, Egon W. Stemle, and Greta Franzini.

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Interreg | EURAC | Landesbibliothek Dr. Friedrich Teßmann | Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol

University of Innsbruck

University of Innsbruck


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