Thursday, August 13, 2020

Re-using Oracc content for online teaching

 From Eleanor Robson <>:
Re-using Oracc content for online teaching

As we get ever-closer to the new academic year, I’d like to remind colleagues of various ways in which you can re-use the free, open-access cuneiform content on <>:
Basics: Start with <> for simple ideas that anyone can use without a login: from creating links to lists of texts to embedding whole texts in your own web page.

Next steps: go to
<> for instructions on linking via key-words and glossary entries if you’re a bit more confident with HTML (again, no login required).

If you have an Oracc login and know how to use it: see my old blog post at <> for guidance on creating your own bespoke “proxy” project if you want to create a whole corpus of texts for your class. For example, an old example of mine, that pulls in material from across many Oracc projects is which I built for an undergrad class, “Temple Life in Assyria and Babylonia”, a few years ago.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own “proxy” project but don’t have a login or need a refresher, I’ll be running an interactive online workshop on Thursday 20 August (4pm UK time = 11 am US East Coast, 5pm mainland Europe, 6 pm Iraq, etc). Because I will need to issue Oracc logins in advance, and give proper tutorial support during the session, I have capped attendance at 12 people. Please sign up here: and I’ll be in touch with more details. If there’s enough demand, I’ll run extra sessions.

I hope this is all self-explanatory but if you have any questions or problems, please email the Oracc Steering Committee at <>, where one of us will pick up your message. I’ve posted all of this on the Oracc blog at <> too.

And while I’m here, I’d like to draw colleagues’ attention to History UK’s brief but effective Pandemic Pedagogy Handbook, at <> A crack team of historians in British universities have put together a short and simple guide to teaching our discipline online. Some of it is probably quite specific to the UK context, but the ideas on, for instance, primary source work, are likely to be widely adaptable (and not found in more generic guidance).

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