Why Does History Matter? A Backward Approach to Designing a Distance Learning U.S. History Survey Course
Monday, November 14 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Bell
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.