Developing, Implementing and Assessing a University Level Online U.S. History Course

D.J. Shelley (USA)


Online, hybrid, synchronous, asynchronous, threaded discussion


: In the fall of 2002, Robert Morris University of Pennsylvania embarked on an ambitious timetable to place all of its History courses, contained in the General Education Core, entirely online. Unites States History II (Civil War-Present) was the first course selected for online development. This paper details the procedures, processes and eventual implementation of the first online History course offered by Robert Morris University. Examples of the creative and innovative teaching strategies within the course shell will be presented. A special focus on the online assessment techniques will be discussed and reviewed. In addition, the student's attitudes toward the course and their level of academic success with the course will be analyzed. This paper will utilize both quantitative and qualitative data to examine and summarize the success of the U.S. History course offering.

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