Ranke.2 is a teaching platform that offers lessons on how to critically assess and work with digital historical sources.
The pervasiveness of digital technology in student's learning environments is rarely called into question. This is surprising when considering the crucial role of source criticism in the realm of the humanities. When looking at how the transition from analogue to digital has impacted research practices and made us increasingly dependent on search engines, it is clear that we are in need of a new approach to source criticism. Despite being digital natives, students, and sometimes also their lecturers, are in need of new skills. Their traditional academic training geared at teaching them to think and read critically, has to be complemented with basic technical and mathematical understandings of digital phenomena. They must be encouraged to reflect on how what they see on their screen or tablet has been created, and to question the search results of their queries on Google.