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CWF, W&M to Partner for Free Online Revolutionary History Course

Attendees of a joint meeting of the Board of Visitors, Alumni Association and W&M foundation (above) heard details about collaborative effort between the college and CWF to develop an online course.

Attendees of a joint meeting of the Board of Visitors, Alumni Association and W&M foundation (above) heard details about collaborative effort between the college and CWF to develop an online course.

The College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation are partnering to develop an online course that would examine the American Revolution.

The course will explore the struggle of Colonial America to gain independence from Great Britain, according to a news release Thursday. The effort was officially announced at Thursday’s joint meeting of the college’s Board of Visitors, Alumni Association and Foundation.

Referred to as an “exploratory venture” in the release, the course will pool College and CWF resources to create a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. Many MOOCs are available to almost unlimited student participation and some are open to all public, like those on iTunesU, and others have private enrollment.

The course being developed by the college and CWF will be free and open to the public.

“[I]t’s hard to imagine two institutions any more expert at crafting a compelling course about Virginia’s role in the struggle for American independence than W&M and CW. Our historians are at the cutting edge,” Reveley said in the news release.

Colonial Williamsburg and W&M will develop a detailed proposal for the course and seek donations for funding. W&M Professor James Whittenburg will serve as the MOOC’s lead instructor.

Whittenburg is a Pullen Professor of History and the Director of Graduate Studies who specializes in early national history and colonial America. He, along with others in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History, received recognition recently in a U.S. News and World Report survey that ranked William & Mary’s U.S. colonial history program third in the nation.

Frances Burroughs, director of educational development at CWF, will partner with Whittenburg in the efforts to develop the MOOC.

“This initiative in partnership with the College of William & Mary is a welcome and logical extension of the Foundation’s increasing use of technology in our K through 16 educational outreach offerings and in the Revolutionary City,” CWF President Colin G. Campbell said.

No timeline for the development of the course has been announced.

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7 Responses to CWF, W&M to Partner for Free Online Revolutionary History Course

  1. E. Forth Reply

    February 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

    “local job creator” ought to be able to understand that an on-line course is just that, on-line not in-person.

    Does it have the possibility of stirring interest among those who take the course, internationally as well as nationally, to visit CW? Of course but there won’t be specific metrics to measure the affects of the course on “tourism”.

    It’s a great idea on many levels but especially bringing excellent teaching of US Colonial History to many people of all ages, not just students and teachers. I’m looking forward to participating.

  2. WJCC Teacher Reply

    February 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Will teachers be able to use this course for recertification points?

    • CWF Educator Reply

      February 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      W&M and CWF are in the initial planning stages for the MOOC, we will let the public know as soon as possible more specifics. Teachers or any interested person may wish to keep in touch with the project by join “Colonial Williamsburg for Teachers” on Facebook, or subscribing to the Teacher Gazette eNewsletter http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/enewsletter.cfm
      Other media outlets, as well as the William and Mary, and Colonial Williamsburg websites will also report on this projects progress.

  3. Deborah Reply

    February 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    What an outstanding idea! Where do I sign up? Thank you W&M and CWF.

  4. History buff Reply

    February 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Some of the people taking the course may be spurred to make a visit to the area. Anything encouraging the study of history will help Williamsburg.

  5. local job creator Reply

    February 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Just how does this help me sell room nights? Or meals at the local restaurants?

    A MOOK may be a great thing for perpetual students, but how does it help us folks who are working hard to survive?

    • Lowbrow Reply

      February 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I do not think it is the role of CW or W&M to base all their decisions on selling rooms or meal nights. Everything in this town is NOT about restaurants and hotels! Exactly what does this cost hoteliers and/or restaurant owners? NOTHING!So a MOOK may not help you survive, but how does it hurt you? It helps other people, but hey, who cares about them, right?

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