On May 12-14, 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute convened a two-and-a-half day workshop to explore the intersection between new media and Holocaust education, with the goal of identifying the opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges for education in an online environment. This meeting was held at the Central European University in Budapest, where the Shoah Foundation Institute’s entire Visual History Archive has been available and searchable since April 2009. The primary objectives of the workshop were:
- To establish shared expectations and vocabulary regarding the opportunities of developing educationally meaningful projects on the internet;
- To explore the state of the field of new media education, and think through how to engage this in our current work with Holocaust education;
- To face the challenges inherent in the move to the internet, especially with regards to material of sensitive nature.
During the workshop, Institute partners from throughout Europe had the opportunity to discuss the educational and social implications of placing video testimony and other materials related to topics of sensitive nature on the Internet.