The History department at the University of the Fraser Valley created History 440 – Local History for the Web – in 2011 to deliver a number of learning outcomes for students, including primary document research skills, archival experiential learning, basic website construction skills, exploring the benefits and limits of building history for the web, and forming community connections with local public history organizations in the Fraser Valley.

The core community partners that have joined on to History 440 have included the Chilliwack Museum and Archives, the Reach Museum and Archives in Abbotsford, the Mission Community Archives, the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, the Langley Centennial Museum, and the Surrey Museum and Archives. All of these public history partners will be pleased that the History 440 student research projects will be posted online through the use of OpenETC.

Finally, the next version of History 440 in 2022 will focus on the History of the University of the Fraser Valley, in large part because the university’s 50th Anniversary is just around the corner! And the Open ETC program will be an enormous asset in assisting with the various student research projects that explore the institution’s past.

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