23 Intriguing Open Courseware Offerings


There is a growing movement among colleges and universities that is emphasizing the free availability of course materials. I find that many of my history and social studies colleagues are unaware of the expanding possibilities for a more in-depth investigation of their content.

Teaching a new course (I’m starting AP Human Geography next year)? Confused about a particularly intense section of your curriculum? Looking to excite students by introducing current research and controversy?

The following is certainly only a partial list, and I admit I’ve chosen a few due to personal fascination (I’m guessing the soap opera course and the pro wrestling course are remarkably similar). If you’re not impressed with my list, but you want to check more exhaustive lists of history offerings, look here and here.

In a future post, I plan to collect another list of resources from the recently established and exciting offerings of iTunes U.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Anthropology of Computing Technology and Culture

The Conquest of America

Technology in American History

Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers

American Soap Operas

Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling

Videogame Theory and Analysis

How and Why Machines Work

Tufts University

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban and Environmental Analysis


UC Berkeley

Geography 20, 001

University of Massachusetts Boston

HIST 201 – Monarchs, People, and History , Summer 2008

HIST 304 – The Dark Ages , Summer 2008

HIST 313 – Nineteenth Century Europe

University of Notre Dame

AMST 30125 – Faith and the African American Experience

MI 40410 – Jews and Christians throughout History, Fall 2006

Utah State University

Guide to Writing in History, 2002

INST4010 – Principles and Practices of Technology, Spring 2008

INST5245 – Interactive Multimedia Production, Summer, 2008

INST7150 – Introduction to Open Education, Fall 2007

OER IID – Intro to Instructional Design, Spring 2005

Utah Valley State College

Teaching with Moodle

Using Moodle – A Brief Guide for Students

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May 27th by admin

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