Editors’ Choice: Digital Teaching: Taking U.S. History Online

This semester we are experimenting with a new online version of the bread-and-butter undergraduate survey course, “US History since 1865.” This is not a MOOC. It is an effort to use digital tools and online delivery to offer a course that will increase the rigor, fun, and participation among enrolled students. The course seeks to motivate students by bringing the material to them in accessible, thought-provoking, and creative ways. It asks them to actively engage with the material offered in lectures and to participate outside the lectures through online platforms, including a live chat, an “ask the professor” forum, and online office hours. Future posts will describe how each of these innovative online functions works and how the students use them.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Amanda Morton based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Hillary Richardson, Daniel Lynds, Harika Kottakota, Heriberto Sierra, Shawn Martin, Chelsea Gunn, Heather Hill, Katie Hannan, Nagothu Naresh Kumar, Laura Vianello, and Jill Buban