Professor Seipp teaches a senior-level research seminar on the Holocaust for history majors. For faculty members whose primary interests fall outside of the United States, he says, “Identifying primary sources in English for seminar students can be an insurmountable challenge. Since 24,823 of the testimonies are in English, the VHA offers a potential solution for those teaching classes in a range of areas.”
“After a review of the final papers and positive response and evaluations from the student, teaching the course with the use of the VHA for the first time seemed successful, with several challenges to overcome, some of which were anticipated.” The technological obstacles were less daunting than initially imagined. Due to having tech-savvy students and outstanding support from reference staff at the Texas A&M University Libraries, the technical nightmare once feared before the course did not come to pass. Students did complain, however, that they could not access the VHA from home due to bandwidth issues.