|Peter Onuf filming at Monticello|
Well, it looks like the world of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the world of early American history are about to collide.
Earlier this month the College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg announced that they will joining together in the hopes of producing a MOOC on Virginia’s role in the American Revolution. Here is a taste of the press release:
William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg will work together to develop a detailed proposal for the course and will seek donor support for funding. W&M Professor James Whittenburg has been appointed to serve as the MOOC’s lead instructor, including curriculum development and course content. He is the Pullen Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, specializing in colonial America and early national history. Whittenburg and his colleagues in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History recently received top honors in U.S. News & World Report’s survey on graduate schools, which ranked William & Mary’s U.S. colonial history program third in the nation. His counterpart at Colonial Williamsburg will be Frances Burroughs, Theresa A. and Lawrence C. Salameno Director of Educational Program Development. Burroughs and her colleagues in the division of Productions, Publications and Learning Ventures create Emmy Award winning interactive television programming.
Meanwhile, up in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Virginia is teaming up with Monticello to offer a MOOC on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson. It will be taught by University of Virginia historian Peter Onuf. Here is a taste of the press release:
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