Made possible with funding from 4-VA, a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering collaboration among Virginia universities with the goal of improving all Virginians’ access to higher education, we have developed Teaching Hidden History as a hybrid course featuring online components and in-person meetings utilizing the 4-VA Telepresence rooms. The course integrates digital history, history education, and best practices in teaching and learning history. Students will conduct research using primary and secondary sources to develop online history modules using an open-source platform.
The higher education landscape is constantly changing, including a rapid rise in distance education dominated primarily by science, math, and technology. There is a need for online educational opportunities that incorporate best practices for inquiry-based, active learning and humanities courses can provide a good model. Teaching Hidden History provides a unique opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in history and social studies education to strengthen historical research and historical thinking skills while utilizing digital tools and exploring history education in an online environment.