Teaching Resources

Enigma – Unpuzzling difficult Latin readings in medieval manuscripts
Enigma helps scholars to decipher Latin words which are difficult to read in medieval manuscripts. It is sometimes impossible to decipher all the letters in a word, for various reasons (difficult palaeography, unclear writing, damage to the document etc.). Enigma will list the possible Latin forms, drawing from its database of more than 400,000 forms; the wildcard is particularly useful, if certain letters are unintelligible.

The Higher Education Academy – Arts and Humanities
Compilation of resources for teaching Arts and Humanities in higher education institutions in the UK.

Historians on Teaching
This site features historians in Europe, Australia and North America talking about their lives as university teachers. The short clips illustrate their hopes and fears, satisfactions and challenges, ideals and compromises, successes and mistakes. Together their stories provide valuable insights to assist individuals, departments and the discipline community to enhance the practice of teaching. The compilers hope these clips will help everyone who wishes to think through what they do, what they believe in, and what they want their students to be and become.

Medieval Handwriting App
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The origins of this app lie in online exercises in palaeography developed for postgraduate students in the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, U.K. The aim is to provide practice in the transcription of a wide range of medieval hands, from the twelfth to the late fifteenth century. Please note that it is not a tutorial on the development of handwriting in medieval western Europe.

Users can examine 26 selected manuscripts, zoom in on individual words, attempt transcription and receive immediate feedback. They can optionally compare their transcription with a full transcript. The user’s transcripts can be saved and reopened. The saved transcripts are accessible via File Manager apps.