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Online Textbook for History 1112

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The creation of this online, free textbook was funded by an Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) Textbook Transformation Grant, Round 11. 

"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 are intended to:

  1. Pilot different approaches in USG courses for textbook transformation including adoption, adaptation, and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or identification and adoption of materials already available in GALILEO and USG libraries.
  2. Provide support to faculty, libraries, and their institutions to implement these approaches.
  3. Lower the cost of college for students and contribute to their retention, progression, and graduation."


Using HIST 1112 Materials:

Suggestions by Dee McKinney and Katie Shepard

Thank you for using our no-cost HIST 1112 course from East Georgia State College as part of your curriculum! We have had a great experience re-thinking how to make HIST 1112 intriguing, accessible, and affordable to students across the University System of Georgia and beyond. This overview gives some suggestions on how we’ve worked together to teach the course, with Dr. McKinney as the instructor and Ms. Shepard as an embedded librarian.

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 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:

4. A discussion grading rubric is provided.

5.  A LibGuide is provided which provides information for students who use library resources.

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 is available. 

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This entire work and LibGuide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.



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