The West Point History of Warfare
Awarded 2016 Prize for Technology in Military History Education
Feb. 3, 2016
NEW YORK, NY – The West Point History of Warfare has won the 2016 Society for Military History–George C. Marshall Foundation Prize for the Use of Digital Technology in Teaching Military History. The prize is awarded annually by the Society for Military History in recognition of the creation, design, and implementation of material that utilizes evolving digital technology to teach military history.
"We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Society for Military History and the Marshall Foundation,” said Dr. Clifford J. Rogers, a West Point history professor and one of the volume's Senior Editors. “The purpose for the award lines up perfectly with what we have been trying to accomplish—to leverage the new capabilities inherent to interactive digital media in order to interest and inspire young students, to allow them to engage with military history in a variety of different ways and at different levels, and to foster great discussions in the classroom."
The West Point History of Warfare is a digital interactive textbook composed of 70 chapters, authored by 49 renowned military historians. The volume spans centuries of warfare, from ancient Greece to today—from “Plato to NATO”—and is enhanced with custom-built digital learning tools designed to increase student comprehension and retention.
The interactive elements include thousands of original maps and graphics—including animated maps, custom data visualization graphics, manipulatable 3-D models, digitally annotated artwork and source documents, tactics demonstrations, and other custom interactive elements. Readers can also experience embedded media such as newsreels, radio broadcasts, era-appropriate music, and video introductions from the authors. Hyperlinked endnotes bring primary sources to readers’ fingertips.
The volume is the result of a partnership between the United States Military Academy at West Point and Rowan Technology Solutions, an education technology startup company. The project was originally designed to update course materials for “History of the Military Art,” a senior-level capstone course taken by every West Point cadet. “MilArt,” as the course is known at West Point, has been taught at USMA since 1818. Notable past students include Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton.
The impact at West Point has been undeniable. In the first year that the new interactive materials were used, the number of cadets who earned ‘A’ grades rose 46% relative to the previous 5-year average. In end-of-year feedback, cadets reported that they learned faster, retained more, and had an overall more enjoyable academic experience because of the interactive digital format of the textbook. It has revolutionized the way military history is taught to cadets at West Point and students across the country at dozens of other colleges and universities nationwide.
“The West Point History of Warfare has led the way in educational technology,” says Anthony Manganiello, CEO of Rowan. Mr. Manganiello is a West Point grad who has taught mathematics at the Academy and other distinguished universities, and has worked in technology for over 30 years. “It has broken through major obstacles to achieve its mission: educate, train, and inspire men and women to lead our country.”
The West Point History of Warfare sets a new standard for history enthusiasts, teachers, and students alike. Certain volumes of the enhanced WPHW are available to the public. The West Point History of World War II, Volume 1 Enhanced Edition was just released in November 2015. It is available on the iTunes Store at http://apple.co/1MXCe2W.
“Our primary focus is the education of the cadets at the Military Academy, but we also want to help the American people at large learn more about warfare,” said Rogers. “We hope this prize will encourage more members of the general reading public to check out The West Point History of Warfare and its related iTunes U courses.”
Other publicly available titles include The West Point History of the Civil War Enhanced Edition, which won a Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation. Free sample chapters of these interactive enhanced volumes and more are available on the iTunes Store and at http://westpointhistoryofwarfare.com.
The 2014 SMH-GCMF Prize was awarded to Dr. Donald P. Wright, Chief of Research and Publications at the Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, KS, for Vanguard of Valor: Small Unit Actions in Afghanistan. For more information on SMH, please visit http://www.smh-hq.org.
West Point History of Warfare Senior Editors and Volume Editors:
Col. Ty Seidule is the Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and edited books, and specializes in the history of West Point. During his thirty years in the U.S. Army, he has served in the United States, Germany, Italy, the Balkans, and the Middle East.
Dr. Clifford J. Rogers is a Professor of History at the United States Military Academy and co-editor of the Journal of Medieval Military History. His works have received De Re Militari's Verbruggen Prize and a Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Military History.
Dr. Samuel Watson is a Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. He is the 2014 recipient of the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award.
Dr. Steve R. Waddell is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. He specializes in World War II and has published many books on the subject of military logistics.
Dr. John M. Stapleton, Jr. is an Associate Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a specialist in the military histories of Britain and the Dutch Republic during the early modern period.
Col. Gail E. S. Yoshitani is an Associate Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is the author of Reagan on War: A Reappraisal of the Weinberger Doctrine, 1980–1984 and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.