Beyond the Essay: 

A Research Creation Exhibit

 

In Winter 2019 I gave an undergraduate Canadian history class two options for the major assignment.  Students could either do a traditional research paper or they could do a "research creation."  If they did the latter, they could choose their own output.  

 

All projects had to be based on scholarly research. And, they had to convey the experiences of a specific social group that participated in World War I.   

 

More than half of the course's 48 students chose the creation option.  Below are samples of their work.  

 

These projects reveal that it is possible to go outside of the parameters of the formal research paper and still conduct rigorous research.  They also demonstrate that the past can be explored through a variety of media.

 

At the end of the term, we held a public exhibit showcasing both the projects and the papers.  It was well attended, inspiring critical reflections not only on how historians present the past but also on assessment models.

Thank you to all who have agreed to have their works published here.  Thanks also to Eric Schiffmann, Katlyn Richardson, Emily Thompson-Golding, and Doreen Thompson. 

 

 

No Man's Land - Original Song - Tess Wiens
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Indigenous Soldiers Podcast - Ian Fiddler
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Shell Shock

Shell Shock

By Mark Macabeo. Oil on canvas.

In the Trenches

In the Trenches

Pencil on Posterboard. By Dylan Fredlund.

Help the Red Cross

Help the Red Cross

WWI Poster, rendered in cross stitch. Accompanied by information card. By Danyka Maurer.

Soldiers' Letters Home

Soldiers' Letters Home

Box of soldiers' letters, research based fiction, by Adam Hendrickson

Nurses in WWI: Poster Presentation

Nurses in WWI: Poster Presentation

Paper on Posterboard. By Tatiana Kyliuk.

Nurses' Letters

Nurses' Letters

World War I Nurses' Letters. Paper (creative nonfiction). By Sarah Arscott.

Ammunition box, used in the trenches

Ammunition box, used in the trenches

Wood and metal. To scale. By Noah Suchorab.

Home Sweet Trench

Home Sweet Trench

Oil on canvas. By Hope Dalke.

The Unmarked Cross

The Unmarked Cross

Research-based short story. By Amy Stock.

Box of Nurses' Letters

Box of Nurses' Letters

Nurses' Letters from Europe. Paper (research based fiction). By Samantha Boice

Lesson Plan: "In the Trenches"

Lesson Plan: "In the Trenches"

High school lesson plan. Powerpoint. By Dakota Jackson.

Military Nurses: Poster Presentation

Military Nurses: Poster Presentation

Paper on Posterboard. By Michaela Adam.

Box of soldiers' letters

Box of soldiers' letters

Letters from the front. Paper (research based fiction) and wood. By Piers Hill.

In the trenches

In the trenches

Mixed Media.

War Diary

War Diary

Nurse's Diary from World War I. Paper (research based fiction). By Hayden DeGrow.

Public Exhibit

Public Exhibit

11 April 2019, University of Regina

Public Exhibit

Public Exhibit

11 April 2019, University of Regina

Public Exhibit

Public Exhibit

11 April 2019, University of Regina

Public Exhibit

Public Exhibit

11 April 2019, University of Regina

Public Exhibit

Public Exhibit

11 April 2019, University of Regina