Artifacts, Virality, and Connection: Social Media and Teaching in the Age of COVID-19

Photo of 1930s Underwood typewriter next to a candle

By Kevin Mitchell Mercer, M.A., Adjunct Professor of History, University of Central Florida


A history adjunct professor’s assignment allows students to understand that historic moments can be can be both extremely personal and globally shared and makes global connections for educators.

Key words: Pandemic, COVID-19, history teaching, historical artifacts, social media.

Edited by Birgit Schneider and Justin Quinn Olmstead.

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