Why Does History Matter? A Backward Approach to Designing a Distance Learning U.S. History Survey Course

ID: 49786 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Debra Chittur Chittur, Independence University/Pepperdine University, United States
  2. Elizabeth Hansen and Sarah Fulkes, Independence University, United States

Monday, November 14 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Bell View on map

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Abstract: This paper describes a backward design approach to redesigning the history survey course at an online non-profit university. Nontraditional students bring rich experience and knowledge to the history classroom. Using a thematic rather than a timeline structure to organizing the content maximizes the opportunity for students to understand and develop connections between historical ideas, events and movements. Comments in a reflective activity in the course suggest a formal comparison study between a backward design course and a traditionally structured course could confirm the success of this approach.


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