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Free online college-level history courses are a wonderful resource for teachers and instructors. They can be used as a refresher for material that you haven't studied in years or at all. Many of the sites also include portals for educators. Most of the online courses break them up into individually sub-titled lectures. Instead of taking an entire course you can watch a specific lecture on a single topic or use the resources from the class (such as lecture slides, images readings, and assignments) in your class. The number of history courses available has grown dramatically.
 
Free online college-level history courses are a wonderful resource for teachers and instructors. They can be used as a refresher for material that you haven't studied in years or at all. Many of the sites also include portals for educators. Most of the online courses break them up into individually sub-titled lectures. Instead of taking an entire course you can watch a specific lecture on a single topic or use the resources from the class (such as lecture slides, images readings, and assignments) in your class. The number of history courses available has grown dramatically.
  
It should be noted that some courses are posted on the internet in their entirety (videotaped lectures, materials, images, slides, etc.) while others will post materials, but the videotaped lectures are only available during the time when the course is scheduled. On some sites courses are only available for limited period of time.  
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It should be noted that some courses are posted on the internet in their entirety (videotaped lectures, materials, images, slides, etc.) while others will only post materials. The videotaped lectures are only available during the time when the course is scheduled. Courses may only available for a limited period of time.  
  
Finally, most of the online courses will require you to register and they will most likely send you email. Typically, this process is pretty painless. Additionally, some organizations will also charge a fee if you need a certificate of completion from the site. For example, EdX.org charges fees ranging from $49-99 to get a verfied certificate of completion. Other sites will ask for a donation to support their programs.  
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Finally, most of the online courses will require you to register and they will most likely send your email. Typically, this process is pretty painless. Additionally, some organizations will also charge a fee if you need a certificate of completion from the site. For example, EdX.org charges fees ranging from $49-99 to get a verified certificate of completion. Other sites will ask for a donation to support their programs.
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Future Learn and edX are the two best options from this list because they both get their course from multiple universities. The Yale and MIT sites appear to lack full institutional support. 
  
 
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*[https://www.edx.org/ edX.org]
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edX.org has several history classes available from multiple universities across the including Columbia, Harvard, Purdue, Peking, and others. They have one of the widest selections of course. 
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*[https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/categories/history-courses Future Learn History Courses]
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Future Learn has a focus on European and British History and the courses are fairly eclectic (i.e. Hadrian's Wall, The Fall of the Roman Republic, and Why Opera Matters). As of January 2019, the site had 29 different courses available. They also have paid online degree programs for students.
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*[https://www.udemy.com/topic/history/ Udemy]
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Udemy is the largest online course provider in the world. They offer free courses, but most of them cost $9.99 or more. Their history section is fairly limited. Additionally, more than half of the courses are not in taught in English.
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*[https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/# MIT Open Courseware]
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MIT Open Courseware has numerous history courses, but they have not added any new courses since 2017. The courses are structured more like classes and are less user-friendly. The courses also do not appear to have videotaped lectures available after the course has finished. Still, the courses do have lecture slides and additional information for educators.
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*[https://oyc.yale.edu/ Open Yale Courses History Courses]  
 
*[https://oyc.yale.edu/ Open Yale Courses History Courses]  
The Open Yale Courses offer free complete courses taught by Yale History professors. It is a fantastic place to get a refresher on topics that you have not studied in years.
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The Open Yale Courses offer free complete courses taught by Yale History professors, but it only has 4 history courses available.

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  • DailyHistory.org Study Guides

DailyHistory.org has over 600 articles that cover a multitude of topics. Our study guides organize core groups of materials for specific issues, and you can look for other articles with our search function. In addition to articles, we also have book reviews and booklists.


The American Yawp is a free online textbook that is divided into 2 volumes. You can also get a paper copy of the book from Stanford University Press for $24.95 for each volume. "The American Yawp" is "A Massively Collaboration Open U.S. History Textbook." Essentially it is an open-source textbook. Historians essentially modeled the textbook on the open source model that has successfully used for numerous computer programs such as Linux, MediaWiki, Wordpress, and many more.

In addition to the textbook, "The American Yawp" has a Sourcebook that can be used to expand on topics with primary source documents. Besides being an excellent textbook, it is an exceptional option to help reduce textbook costs because it can be accessed online for free.


EEDSITEment! focuses on Lesson Plans and Study Activities. The Lesson Plans cover some topics and are exceptionally detailed. The plans even suggest how many class sessions should be used to teach the lesson. The lesson plan even breaks down how each day should be organized to get through all of the material. For example, take a look at Turning the Tide in Europe, 1941-1944. It provides Background for the lesson, preparation, lesson activities, assessment, lesson extensions, and a ton of resources. These are some of the best lesson plans you will find online.

The site also has a section on Student Activities. There are over 200 different student activities that can be used in classrooms. These student activities include texts, videos, and interactive maps.

EDSITEment! is easily one of the best resources for teachers and instructors.


The Smithsonian site includes teaching lessons, interactives, videos, museum artifacts, and other teacher resources. There is a remarkable amount of material to explore. The site also has an outstanding search function. The search function allows you to look for resources based on resources type (videos, artifacts, reference materials, etc.), grade, historical era, and cross-curricular connections (look for resources that touch on multiple subjects such as economics, science, etc.)


Like the Smithsonian, the Libary of Congress is another outstanding United States government resource. The Library of Congress has multiple missions, but it has a teachers portal that allows you to browse materials and search for them more easily. It also has a search function that will help you find resources, but it isn't as good as the Smithsonian's search. It does allow you to search for content that satisfies Common Core and State materials. It also permits you to search for materials that fit organizational standards as set by the NCTE, AASL, NETS, NCSS and the NCSG.


The Stanford History Education group has created History Assessments of Thinking (HATS) that draw on the Library of Congress's digital resources. Here is a list of the HATS that Stanford has compiled. You can download the lesson plans from the site after you register (free) to the site. Typically, these HATS are critical writing assignments. The HATS use images or statements and to get students to write critically about the content. It is a fantastic way to add a writing assignment to cover materials that you have taught in class.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute is an archive based in the New York Historical Society building in New York. Instead of relying on its 70,000 piece collection on American History it has become a resource for teachers, undergraduate, and graduate students, professors and writers. Its website has a blog called History Now that has articles, videos, online timelines, and information from the Institute's exhibitions.

The 50+ Issues from History Now typically focus on a single broad historical topic. The articles in that issue will help you dive deeper into specific historical topics such as US Immigration Laws, Voting Rights, Alexander Hamilton, and Civil Rights. Each issue of History Now links to relevant videos, articles, and even lesson plans.


TeachingHistory.org resource created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. It has a mixture of resources for teachers including teaching guides, lesson plan reviews, website reviews, history quizzes, guides to best practices, and history content. Teachinghistory.org has a ton content, but you will need to do a deep dive into the site to find what you are looking for. Probably the most useful aspect of the Teachinghistory.org is its Website Reviews of various historical sites.


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The Voices of Democracy is a web project that focuses on great speeches from American history. There is a journal, curriculum units (based on themes, Speakers, Authors and time periods) and blog with short posts focused on key speeches. Typically, each speech part of the site will have either a video or text of the speech, an essay, teaching materials, and additional resources. Voices on Democracy also has an Grades 8-12 Educational Resource Guide that shows teachers how to use their materials and comply with Common Core Standards.


PBS Media is a resource that includes videos, interactive content, and lesson plans. The site has resources for a ton beyond history and social studies. The key component of PBS Media is its wealth of videos that have been drawn from PBS. It has over 6,000 videos (K-13+) on various social studies topics for students.


"The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States." What does this mean? Essentially, it allows you to access sources from all over the world.

The DPLA has created Primary Source Sets for teachers and instructors. The Source Sets explore historical topics with primary sources and teaching guides. You can search for the Source Sets either through the site's search function or on the Primary Source Sets page. On the Source Sets page, you can search based on subject, periods or recently added. For example, the Scopes Trial Source Set includes photos of the people involved in the trial, excerpts from the Tennessee biology textbooks, records of witness testimony, and even a political cartoon.


The National Archives is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for maintaining and documenting government and historical records. The National Archives has a been a resource for historians since its creation in 1934. The Archives has some resources available for teachers, but the DocsTeach.org is probably the useful and readily accessible feature for teachers. DocsTeach.org is designed for educators to help them connect with the Archives resources.


BBC History site focuses on short interactive stories that mix charts, videos, pictures, and text boxes. The interactives are useful for teaching subjects quickly, but they lack the depth of other sites on this list. Regardless, the interactives are fun and entertaining. Here's a link to an interactive on The London Blitz.


The Zinn Education Project is inspired by Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States which emphasized the role of working people, women, people of color and the organized social movements that helped shape history. Zinn project is much less focused on politics that can take a central role in the history courses. The Zinn Education Project has a Teaching Materials portal that helps teachers find resources based on periods, themes, resource type, or grade level. It also has a keyword search function if you know what you are looking for. You can search for different types of resources including teaching activities, articles, profiles, posters, audio clips, websites, and many others. Here is an example of a Teaching Activity entitled COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI's war on the Black Freedom Movement.


The Organization of American Historians has some tools for high school and college level United States history course, but the material is primarily for members of the OAH. Memberships range in price from $45 (for students), $60 (K-12 Educators), and up to $245 (income over $150,000). The membership includes access to several OAH publications and US History Teaching Units. While there is a rationale to join the OAH as if you are United States history teacher, it probably cannot be justified based solely on the materials offered by the organization.


The American Historical Association (AHA), the largest history organization in the United States, has a much rich assortment of material for teachers and instructors. Like the OAH, the AHA is member organization and has some excellent resources on their website. They offer a mixture of classroom materials, discussions of teaching, plagiarism and a Teaching and Learning History community portal. Like the OAH, some materials will require a membership. Membership for K-12 teachers costs $59 a year.


The Best History Sites from EdTechteacher is probably the most comprehensive listing of websites for teachers in different history fields. Despite being comprehensive, it is difficult to recommend the sites because it does not appear to updated regularly. If you start going through the site, you probably find a ton of dead or misdirected links. The dead-links become institutional when you get away from the large institutional websites.


  • Online History Courses

Free online college-level history courses are a wonderful resource for teachers and instructors. They can be used as a refresher for material that you haven't studied in years or at all. Many of the sites also include portals for educators. Most of the online courses break them up into individually sub-titled lectures. Instead of taking an entire course you can watch a specific lecture on a single topic or use the resources from the class (such as lecture slides, images readings, and assignments) in your class. The number of history courses available has grown dramatically.

It should be noted that some courses are posted on the internet in their entirety (videotaped lectures, materials, images, slides, etc.) while others will only post materials. The videotaped lectures are only available during the time when the course is scheduled. Courses may only available for a limited period of time.

Finally, most of the online courses will require you to register and they will most likely send your email. Typically, this process is pretty painless. Additionally, some organizations will also charge a fee if you need a certificate of completion from the site. For example, EdX.org charges fees ranging from $49-99 to get a verified certificate of completion. Other sites will ask for a donation to support their programs.

Future Learn and edX are the two best options from this list because they both get their course from multiple universities. The Yale and MIT sites appear to lack full institutional support.

edX.org has several history classes available from multiple universities across the including Columbia, Harvard, Purdue, Peking, and others. They have one of the widest selections of course.

Future Learn has a focus on European and British History and the courses are fairly eclectic (i.e. Hadrian's Wall, The Fall of the Roman Republic, and Why Opera Matters). As of January 2019, the site had 29 different courses available. They also have paid online degree programs for students.

Udemy is the largest online course provider in the world. They offer free courses, but most of them cost $9.99 or more. Their history section is fairly limited. Additionally, more than half of the courses are not in taught in English.

MIT Open Courseware has numerous history courses, but they have not added any new courses since 2017. The courses are structured more like classes and are less user-friendly. The courses also do not appear to have videotaped lectures available after the course has finished. Still, the courses do have lecture slides and additional information for educators.

The Open Yale Courses offer free complete courses taught by Yale History professors, but it only has 4 history courses available.
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