FAQ

Where does the 2018 Historical Thinking Summer Institute (HTSI) take place?

  • All five days of the 2018 HTSI will be held at the Canadian Museum of History (100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8).

Can I receive Graduate-level university credits course for attending the 2018 HTSI?

  • No, the HTSI is not affiliated with a university and therefore does not offer graduate credits. It is possible however for graduate students to receive university credits for attending. We encourage graduate students to apply for a directed studies course with their home university. Both Dr. Catherine Duquette (catherine_duquette@uqac.ca) and Dr. Lindsay Gibson (lgibson@ualberta.ca) are willing to supervise graduate students and can work with the graduate student and their university supervisor to design a course specific to their research interests and needs. Please contact Dr. Duquette or Dr. Gibson to explore this option.

What audience(s) is the HTSI targeted towards?

  • Anyone interested in history education. In past HTSI’s we have had participants from a variety of contexts including museum educators, graduate students, K-12 teachers, academic historians, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and history educators. Participants are introduced to the historical thinking theoretical approach, and then apply this approach to their specific context. In the anonymous feedback forms we solicit at the end of the HTSI, participants have commented that one of the strengths of the HTSI is the diversity of the participants, and how much they learned from people from different contexts involved in history education.

Are HTSI participants required to be directly involved in teaching, writing and/or preservation of history?

  • No. We accept all participants interested in learning more about historical thinking.

Is the HTSI suitable for non-Canadians to attend?

  • Yes. Although the 2018 HTSI is being hosted by the Canadian Museum of History, the focus is on deepening participants’ understanding of historical thinking. The majority of the examples used to illustrate the historical thinking concepts will focus on the history of what is now Canada. International participants will be encouraged to apply historical thinking to their specific contexts.

Do we have to find our own accommodations while attending the 2018 HTSI?

  • Yes, participants are responsible for finding their own accommodations. We have listed a variety of options for accommodations on the 2018 HTSI website. Additionally we have created a private Facebook group for local attendees to offer billets for out-of-town participants, connect with other participants about sharing accommodations, or offer suggestions for activities and restaurants.

Are there recommended hotels/accommodations during the 2018 HTSI?

  • We have listed a variety of options for accommodations on the 2018 HTSI website. Please book as soon as possible as accommodations in Ottawa and the National Capital Region are booked quickly in the summer time.

Does the HTSI offer sessions in French?

  • This is the first year that we are offering a French-language HTSI. The French and English HTSI will occur at the same time, but presentations and sessions will occur separately. Any official guided tours offered by the Canadian Museum of History are offered in English or French.

Will the registration fee cover accommodation and other expenses like food?

  • No. Registration only includes conference fees and the group dinner on July 11.

Are there places to get food at or near the Canadian Museum of History?

  • The Canadian Museum of History has several options for purchasing food. There are also a variety of restaurants and cafes near the Canadian Museum of History (we will provide a list of options).

Do I have to pay separately for the Group Dinner?

  • No, the group dinner is included in the registration fee. Participants will have to pay for their own alcohol.

Is the group dinner optional?

  • Yes it is optional, but participants are encouraged to attend (plus it is included in registration fees).

How many hours each day are spent in classrooms?

  • Each day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm (with an hour for lunch). Throughout the day there will be a variety of activities including large group lectures, museum activities, small group “jam sessions”, guest lectures and reading groups. See the program for more specific details.

What is the start and end time each day?

  • We start each day at 8:30 am and end by 4:30 pm. On a few days, optional social events at nearby bars or pubs will be scheduled for a post day drink.

Will there be “homework” assignments to complete in the evenings? 

  • No.

Will I have time during the HTSI to complete the readings?

  • No, readings must be completed ahead of the HTSI.

I can’t be in Ottawa for the group presentations on the last day of the HTSI (July 13, 2018), can I still attend?

  • Yes, you can still attend the HTSI. We strongly encourage all participants to take part in the final presentations, as they are an important culmination to the week.

I have a copy of the Big Six, but where do I find the other readings?

  • The online readings will be shared with you via the 2018 HTSI Google Drive folder. The readings will be available for participants by May 1, 2018 at the latest.   

Is there a concern that the 2018 HTSI will be cancelled if not enough participants register?

  • No. We allow a maximum of 60 people in the English-language HTSI and a maximum of 40 people in the French-language HTSI. We are expecting full registration again this year.

Can I still register for the 2018 HTSI after the June 15, 2018 deadline has passed?

  • We allow a maximum of 60 people in the English-language HTSI and a maximum of 40 people in the French-language HTSI. If there are still spots available after the deadline, you might be able to register. We are expecting that registration for this year’s HTSI will fill up fast.
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