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Online Textbook for History 1111

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The creation of this online, free textbook was funded by an Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) Textbook Transformation Grant, Round 6. 

"The State of Georgia’s budget includes funding to support a USG initiative, Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG), which focuses on reducing the costs of textbooks and the enhancement of GALILEO, Georgia’s Virtual Library and ALG’s parent initiative. A key strategy is to provide grant-supported opportunities for USG faculty, libraries, and institutions to transform their use of textbooks and other learning materials into lower cost options. The Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grants assist with:

  1. Adoption, adaptation, and/or creation of open educational resources, such as open textbooks and ancillary materials.
  2. Adoption of library materials available in GALILEO and USG libraries at no additional cost to students.
  3. Adoption of no-cost materials outside of OER, such as freely available websites and multimedia.
  4. Adoption of low-cost materials, not exceeding $40.00 total per student.


Using HIST 1111 Materials:

Suggestions by Dee McKinney and Katie Shepard

Thank you for using our no-cost HIST 1111 course from East Georgia State College as part of your curriculum! We have had a great experience re-thinking how to make HIST 1111 intriguing, accessible, and affordable to students across the University System of Georgia and beyond. This overview gives some suggestions on how the course has been taught in the past.

1. Each “lesson” has the same structure, as follows:

  • A narrated PowerPoint (you can turn off the narration) and a video version of each narrated PowerPoint hosted on Youtube (does include captions).
  • A study guide with terms and questions that can form the basis of a short answer and essay exam (a midterm and/or final). A sample exam is available on request to instructors.
  • Discussion questions based on the PowerPoint and online readings.
  • Links to free online readings, usually primary sources or academic secondary sources.
  • Links to short videos, usually either Crash Course or Overly Sarcastic Productions's History Summarized, with captioning available, which can serve as an introduction to the lesson or the basis of accompanying quizzes, available to instructors on request.

2. The lessons are as follows:

3. Instructors can use the lessons individually or “group” them into thematic units. For example, we grouped lessons 1-4 into a thematic unit called “Early Civilizations” and lessons 7 and 8 into a thematic unit called “The Classical World of Greece and Rome.” All content was included, but the discussion questions were in a single group.

4. A discussion grading rubric is provided.

5. A LibGuide is provided which hosts the entire course's materials.

6. Images were either copyright cleared or taken by the authors of these materials.

7. An overall set of course learning objectives is provided, linked to the assessments as used when taught at EGSC (thematic discussions, 30%; midterm exam, 30%; final exam, 30%; and video quizzes, 10%).

8. A sample syllabus is provided based on the EGSC template. 

9. A video with suggestions to help students read historical content and think critically about it was created for this course as well. 

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Project Documents

For a complete copy of the textbook we created, download the files below.

* The lessons are zipped into one file for ease of download if you'd prefer the Microsoft Word version of each lesson's content.

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