COVID-19 & OER Project

 All of us have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 outbreak. We're doing everything we can to keep learning accessible throughout the pandemic. Learn more about those efforts here.

  • What’s Next?: A WHP Update

    By now, you’ve had a chance to dive into the new World History Project (WHP) course! We hope you’ve been loving what you’re seeing. We consider the curriculum as it stands in 2019/20 to be a “public preview.” While we do have a handful of teachers piloting WHP in classrooms throughout the United States, the full curriculum will not be available until the 2020/21 school year. However, we welcome (and strongly encourage…

    • 3 Apr 2020
  • “Continuity and Gains Over Time”: An OER Project Fitness Series

    OER Project Team
    Washington, USA

    As we all spend more time at home, you might find yourself doing something you don’t do much as a teacher: sitting. Get up and move!

    Join Mike Skomba (OER Project teacher extraordinaire and the 2020 New Jersey Strength Coach of the Year), along with other OER Project teachers and team members, for a weekly movement session. Mike is hosting a free, 4-week online fitness series for World…

    • 2 Apr 2020
  • Community Responses to Pandemics

    Bennett Sherry, WHP Team
    Maine, USA

    Pandemics are scary. People don't act like themselves when they're scared. Think about some of the things you or your family and friends have done during the current pandemic. Maybe you noticed that a dear family friend now guards a dragon's hoard of toilet paper. Individuals act in odd ways when they’re scared. And when fear is strong enough, like during a pandemic, it can make whole…

    • 2 Apr 2020
  • To what extent has the Modern Revolution been a positive or a negative force?

    Bridgette Byrd O’Connor, BHP Team Member
    Louisiana, USA

    Well, we’re all probably in some weird limbo land at the moment with the spread of the coronavirus shutting down schools across the nation and the world. And while it can be a pretty scary time for kids (and adults!), there are lots of connections that can be made in Unit 9, which focuses on globalization, to what is happening in our world right now. Another…

    • 1 Apr 2020
  • From the Classroom to the Home(Room) – Week 2

    OER Project Team
    Washington, USA

    Note: All of us have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 outbreak. We're doing everything we can to keep learning accessible throughout the pandemic. Learn more about those efforts here.

    This is the second episode of our Teaching at a Distance series, in which Ian Usher will help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming roster of digital learning resources. (See the first…

    • 1 Apr 2020
  • Answering Questions Using Historical Inquiry

    Trevor R. Getz, WHP Team
    San Francisco, USA

     It took me a long time and a lot of hard work to figure out how to think like a historian, but it’s been worth it. I use those skills every day, to orient myself to the world around me, to figure out what’s going on, and to make plans for the future. Probably the most important historian’s practice I’ve learned is the skill of conducting historical inquiry.…

    • 1 Apr 2020
  • The Naming of Diseases: Why It Matters

    Trevor R. Getz, WHP Team
    San Francisco, USA

    What’s in a name? Somewhere between 1493 and 1495 CE, the disease we know as syphilis began to spread rapidly across Europe. When a person became infected, first they developed sores, then a rash, sore throat, a fever, and eventually such terrible symptoms as brain damage and blindness. Nobody really knew where it had come from (there are still debates today!), but the Italians…

    • 26 Mar 2020
  • From the Classroom to the Home(Room) – Week 1

    OER Project Team
    Washington, USA

    Note: All of us have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 outbreak. We're doing everything we can to keep learning accessible throughout the pandemic. Learn more about those efforts here.

    For the time being, we’re at home, as are our students. For those of us that haven’t taught at a distance before, this can be a little daunting.

    We know it isn’t as simple…

    • 21 Mar 2020
  • Schools Closed During a Pandemic a Century Ago. Did it Work?

    WHP Team
    Washington, USA

    Note: All of us have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 outbreak. We're doing everything we can to keep learning accessible throughout the pandemic. Learn more about those efforts here.

    So, you’re a kid stuck at home and bored silly when you could be with classmates enjoying world history class. Or, you’re a teacher whose plans for the whole year have been upended. Or you’re…

    • 19 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): How History Can Help Put It All in Perspective

    WHP Team
    Washington, USA

    Note: This blog contains information that might be upsetting for some people. All of us have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 outbreak. We're doing everything we can to keep learning accessible throughout the pandemic. Learn more about those efforts here

    The focus on, and the response to, the most recent coronavirus (COVID-19) has been overwhelming. Many people are frightened…

    • 10 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus: Keep Calm and Carry On Claim Testing

    Joe Jarvis, BHP and WHP Teacher
    Connecticut, USA

    Note: This blog contains information that might be upsetting for some people. All of us have been impacted in one way or another by the COVID-19 outbreak. We're doing everything we can to keep learning accessible throughout the pandemic. Learn more about those efforts here
    An earlier version of this activity did not include links to the source materials. The Coronavirus…

    • 9 Mar 2020
  • Don’t Forget the Reminders: Teaching Advice from Leonard Shelby of "Memento"

    Bob Bain
    Michigan, USA

    I have this condition… it’s my memory… I have no short-term memory. I know who I am. I know all about myself. It’s just, since my injury, I can’t make new memories – everything fades. — Leonard Shelby, Memento (2000)

    With that quote, Leonard Shelby, the protagonist of the film Memento played by Guy Pearce, explains that he suffers from anterograde amne…

    • 2 Mar 2020
  • A View from the Community: Frames in the Classroom

    Who Framed Alphonse the Camel?

    World history is pretty big. If you’re new to WHP, you might feel like Alphonse the Camel, straining under the weight of human history and the need to teach it to dozens of expectant students. In WHP, we’ve provided our three course frames (communities, networks, and production and distribution) to lighten the load. The frames are meant to help you and your students make sense of all…

    • 12 Feb 2020
  • WHP and BHP: The Perfect Pair

    Megan Schultz, BHP Teacher
    New Jersey, USA

    “Mrs. Schultz? Are we learning Big History again this year?” This is the question that Justin, a student in my eighth-grade class asked me on the first day of school. He seemed a bit confused when I told the class I was teaching them World History Project (WHP). My response to Justin, and the rest of the confused, eager students, was that it was a brand-new course I was teaching…

    • 3 Feb 2020
  • Facts vs. Fake News. Fight!

    Wayne Journell
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Introduction from World History Project (WHP) Team: Thoughtfully and effectively navigating online information sources is more difficult than ever.  It’s also more important than ever. World History Project puts tools in teachers’ and students’ hands that allow help them evaluate information in the current media landscape. Here Wayne Journell of the University of…

    • 3 Feb 2020
  • Revolutionary Women: Little Tweaks Make a Perfect Fit

    Sharon Cohen, WHP Teacher
    Maryland, USA

    Base Course > Era 6.1: Liberal and National Revolutions > Activity: Revolutionary Women

    1750 Course > Unit 2.2: Liberal and National Revolutions > Activity: Revolutionary Women

    I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I read a description of a lesson or activity, I think “oh well, that doesn’t fit for me or my students,” and I don’t try it. In the case of the WHP curriculum…

    • 17 Jan 2020
  • Trevor Getz Honored by the AHA

    Bennett Sherry
    January 3, 2020

    “A kid in a ball pit.” “Prolific.” “Inspiring.” “Dream big or go home.” “A warm, crackling bonfire.” These are all words and phrases colleagues of Trevor Getz use to describe him. Those who know Trevor—students, friends, and historians—will doubtless read these words below and smile knowingly. But they will also certainly come to the same one-word conclusion: deserving. Trevor has been awarded…

    • 2 Jan 2020
  • OER Project: An Origin Story

    The cat’s officially out of the bag: the Big History Project course (BHP) has found its perfect pairing with the introduction of World History Project. Our new family of two also has a shiny new name: OER Project. In true BHP fashion, read on for the OER Project “origin story” and learn more about why we went from one course to two.

    Before we go any further, let’s define OER: No, it’s not what you use…

    • 17 Dec 2019
  • Introducing the World History Project

    It’s finally here. Two years in the making. From the folks who brought you the Big History Project, we are beyond excited to announce our next history curriculum – the World History Project. Our family has grown, and it’s a big enou...
    • 14 Nov 2019
  • The World History Project: 3 Highlights from the Course

    Mike Burns, WHP TeacherHanoi, Vietnam I’ve had the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the World History Project (WHP) as a pilot teacher for the past two years. As one of the pilot teachers for the Big History Project (BHP) in the pas...
    • 12 Nov 2019
  • Lessons Learned from My WHP Classroom

    Rob Valenti, WHP Teacher New York, USA I’m an avid listener of podcasts. I love to bounce around and listen in on topics that are both within and outside my discipline. I recently heard one podcast where the host said, “Saying I don&rsqu...
    • 12 Nov 2019
  • Top 5 Reasons to Teach WHP

    Angela Flakker, WHP TeacherNew Jersey, USA It’s time to admit the truth: Teaching a world history course is challenging! There is so much history to analyze that it can become extremely overwhelming for both students and teachers. World History...
    • 12 Nov 2019