promotional piece for Matt Pinsker's new online course "Understanding Lincoln." Here is a taste:
Take “Understanding Lincoln,”
a new online course co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Dickinson College. The course, led by Lincoln scholar Matthew Pinsker,
will offer a hybrid approach – a smaller seminar section with a
hundred-student enrollment cap, direct access to Professor Pinkser and
Gilder Lehrman staff, and the opportunity to interact with other
students in digital forums.
For-credit students will pay $450 and
receive three graduate credits at Dickinson, which can be used as
transfer credit at other institutions.
For those interested in
enrichment, a free section featuring lectures and readings will also be
available, along with a certificate of completion for those who finish
Course registration is currently open, and closes on
Friday, July 19 at 11:59 Eastern. “Understanding Lincoln will run from
July 22 to November 19.
The class is primarily designed for K-12
educators to enhance their knowledge of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil
War. The Gilder Lehrman website emphasizes that the course will focus on
teaching Lincoln “within the guidelines of the Common Core State
Pinsker said that the course is the culmination of the House Divided
project, an online effort to create resources for K-12 teachers on the
Civil War era. He has partnered with Gilder Lehrman for several years on
the initiative, and an online course was the next logical step.
pilot course for a closed group last year met with great success. One
participant wrote in a testimonial that the class “introduced me to
scholarship...and links that will not only test me as a teacher, but
will make me grow as an educator.”
A major component of the upcoming “Understanding Lincoln” class will be what Pinsker calls “class-sourcing.”
course won't just be about transmitting information to students,” he
said. “It will be about students building something with teachers.”
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