The Benefits and Challenges of Teaching History Online

AHA Session 13
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Nassau East (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Brandon Morgan, Central New Mexico Community College and Western New Mexico University
Kevin M. Gannon, Grand View University

Session Abstract

Online teaching and learning in History is nothing new. Many of our institutions and the populations we serve increasingly demand online courses. As with the experience in the face-to-face classroom, online teaching and learning experiences can vary widely depending on the instructor’s preparation, the design of the course itself, chosen learning activities, the use of digital tools, etc. Over the last several years, especially since the inception of the Tuning Project, the AHA has placed more emphasis on teaching at the annual meeting. Panels in online teaching have also been included in that trend, but they’ve still tended to be far fewer in number.

The goal of this panel is to fill that gap in the program by presenting an overview of the various benefits and challenges of teaching and learning History in the online setting. Panelists will explore topics that will appeal to both novices and experts alike. If you’re weighing the question of whether to develop an online course, or if you’re already an experienced online teacher, the panelists will share insights, research, and experiences that apply to all levels of online teaching experience.

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