Monday, November 04, 2013

Big History Project's public course launched on November 1, featured on the History Channel

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I am delighted to share the exciting news that the Big History Project launched its online public course on Friday, November 1, in an effort to broaden awareness and understanding of big history and ultimately create demand for the project’s classroom course. As you might recall, Bob Bain, associate professor and chair of secondary teacher education, has played a central role in the project, overseeing all curriculum design and delivery for the classroom course, with an emphasis on assessments and standards. The public course is designed to be a four to six hour overview combining media assets custom built and curated from the project’s classroom course with new original editorial content to dramatize big history. There is also built-in quizzing functionality to provide more of a true educational experience. The project aims to have more than 10,000 people engage prior to Thanksgiving and I encourage everyone in the SOE community to explore this. It is really fascinating and worth understanding much more.

To correspond with the introduction of the public course, the History Channel launched the new TV series Big History, which premiered on Saturday, November 2 (a listing of additional airings is available here). Bob Bain is featured on the show and you can preview his contributions in two History Channel promos, which are available online here and here. The program showcases the Big History Project well with 16 student "shorts" featuring Big History Project students sharing what they learned in class. There is also great support for the course online, with the History Channel providing free copies of the project’s program and assets to teachers everywhere.

Please join me in congratulating Bob on this tremendous accomplishment. It is really exciting.

Bob Bain is Associate Professor, School of Education; Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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