Teaching Hidden History

Teaching Hidden History, a hybrid graduate history course co-taught across multiple universities, was taught in the summer of 2015 and 2017. In the course, students created online learning modules similar to those in Hidden in Plain Sight and Virginia Studies, based on the idea that hidden behind any artifact is a larger historical narrative.

Course objectives and activities encouraged students to think about how this narrative might take shape and, more broadly, how history can be presented online to multiple audiences. Students described the historical context surrounding their artifacts and modeled how historians consider historical significance, interpret evidence, and employed contextual elements and supporting resources to craft historical narratives.

Teaching Hidden History was made possible with funding from 4-VA, “a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering collaboration among Virginia universities with the goal of improving all Virginians’ access to higher education.”

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring American History is an online course for K–12 teachers that emphasizes iterative learning, primary source analysis, and an active approach to studying history.

More than 400 K-12 teachers from a wide geographic area have taken this online course with a 95% completion rate.

Through a contract with the Virginia Department of Education, RRCHNM researched and developed the course content, designed the visual interface, and built the site in Drupal, using CHNM-developed custom modules to enable instructors to interact with students, and students with each other, in near real-time.