Virtual Historian Software

November 1, 2006

University of Western Ontario education professor Stéphane Lévesque has developed a web-based learning program that allows students to develop techniques for learning history by having them track down clues, make decisions and develop their own interpretations of historical events, using never-before-seen primary documents, archival film footage and 3D presentations of artifacts. Cases in the Virtual Historian include the October Crisis, the raid on Dieppe in 1942 and the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Based on the web, updates and revisions are easy and the texts never become outdated. The software has been licensed by the UWO library system, and the Thames Valley District School Board, one of the largest in Ontario. Western News story