Lectures for HIST 104


The main content of the course consists of fifteen lectures (sometimes called episodes) that are constituted as talking PDFs, packaged into downloadable zip folders, and made available for you to download. These are the same lectures I deliver for the course on campus. They contain the core content over which you are examined in quizzes. Each lecture folder consists mainly of two components:


1.      A PDF, the pages in which are slides providing headings, outlines, key terms, and images

2.      Sound files attached to the pages of the PDF, which deliver the full content of the lecture


Downloading the Lectures


We pack each lecture into a compressed file, or zip file, and upload it to a cloud called Dropbox. You retrieve it from there, unpack it onto your own drive, and you’re ready to go.


Where are the lectures? Follow the links provided on the study guides. The download link in each study guide retrieves the lecture. The lecture folders are big, because they contain sound, and so be sure you have a good internet connection, and be patient while the download takes place.


Handling the Lectures


It is important to learn how to handle the lectures right away, become deft in handling them, and keep up with the work throughout the course. You will need a good internet connection and a PDF reader. (Most computers already have one; if you need one, download a free one.) Make sure you have your speakers or earphones hooked up and your sound is not muted, because the content is delivered aurally.


The individual pages within each lecture PDF exhibit sound icons. Click on the icon to hear the lecture content for the slide. At the end of the sound for any slide, you will hear the sound of sticks clicking once.


The idea is that your progress through any lecture is self-paced. Advance when you wish, repeat what you wish, take your time or move along, take a minute to get a beverage from the fridge or an hour to eat dinner, and resume where and when you wish. Do study these lectures. Take some notes, too. It’s like you’re in a classroom, except that instead of moving at the pace of the group (or the lecturer), you move at your own pace.


If you have technical problems handling the lectures, do get in touch with your instructor right away by page message to the Facebook page.