Timelines: Presenting research in Arthur Knight’s Williamsburg Documentary Project


The timeline assignment in Prof. Knight’s course used Timeline JS, a free software tool that allows you to use a Google Sheets as the data source for a dynamic, multimodal timeline incorporating images, video, audio, maps, and more into your timeline. Because the timeline uses Google Sheets as the data source, students were able to collaborate on the same timeline in real time. This assignment asked students to identify five or six discrete events from their research and oral interviews to add to the group timeline. The collaboration on a single timeline helped to develop the knowledge base created by individual student research into a more complete picture.