Tyler Stovall at the AHA Department Chairs workshop in 2019

AHA Online Teaching Forum

The AHA is excited to announce the AHA Online Teaching Forum, a series of virtual events, from webinars to workshops, designed to help historians plan for teaching in online and hybrid environments.


Upcoming Virtual Events:

July 16, 2020 at 1:00PM ET - Teaching World History in the New World with Trevor Getz (History for the 21st Century/San Francisco State), Steve Harris (History for the 21st Century/San Francisco State), Xiaolin Duan (North Carolina State), Andrew Hardy (UC Berkeley)

How do we take this "opportunity" to do it differently -- New pedagogy, new content frames, more powerful engagement with students?. As participants in the History for the 21st Century ("H/21") project, we believe that we can do it  collaboratively -turning our own research into inquiry-based learning modules that can effectively help students to learn and retain historical knowledge while developing the skills to think like a historian.  In this workshop you will get early access to the first four modules in the H/21 project, materials that you can use however you want in your classes.  Extending our collaborative philosophy, we will together work to adapt these modules to the world of on-line teaching, and in the process explore the possibilities and complexities of distance learning.  You will be able to choose a module to explore in small groups: 

  • Trevor Getz, "Questioning Decolonization" -- This module examines the separation of African and Asian colonies from European empires in the middle of the 20C. 
  • Steve Harris, "1905" -- This module explores five sets of developments during 1905 as a basis of understanding modernity and globalization.
  • Xiaolin Duan, "An Object of Seduction: The Early Modern Trans-Pacific Silk Trade" -- This module looks into the 16th-18th century Asia-Pacific silk trade, with a particular focus on southeast China, Manila in Philippine, and New Spain (colonial Mexico). 
  • Andrew Hardy, "Diversity and Imperial Strategies in the Early Chinese Empires" -- How did the Han dynasty manage to impose a stable, unified, centrally administered empire over a geographically vast and culturally diverse area?  

Afterwards, we will come back together to share our learnings and insights. Each breakout group will be capped at 10 participants to ensure quality discussion. Registration for this event will open soon.

July 23, 2020 at 1:00PM ET - Middle Ages for Educators: Online Resources and Strategies for Teaching the Pre-Modern with Merle Eisenberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) University of Maryland, Sara McDougall, Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar, Washington, DC

Middle Ages for Educators, or MAFE (middleagesforeducators.com) was launched in early April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic that shut down face-to-face classroom instruction across the globe. It builds upon the wealth of medieval studies materials already online but often hidden away in obscure places. In addition to introducing these resources to its users, MAFE offers new videos and digital tools with accompanying lesson plans that instructors can use to build upon or to supplement class assignments. 

The website has made an immediate impact in the medieval studies community and has been quickly adopted for classroom use, even as the site continues to grow. It is a resource not just for medievalists, but for anyone teaching the period between 200 and 1500 CE. With the uncertainties of the 2020-2021 academic year looming, MAFE is ready to offer ever more content, tools, and pedagogical strategies that can be built into pre-modern course material from the start. 

The webinar has three aims:

  • First, to inform participants of the site's contents, which include customized videos on medieval topics developed in response to instructor requests, primary source documents translated into English, and links to related online resources and classroom-ready digital content on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
  • Second, to challenge participants to recognize the varying pedagogical strategies and tools the site presents to engage instructors and students in computer-enabled learning about the pre-modern world. 
  • Finally, to invite participants to interact with site creators so the site can respond to what participants need to effectively teach pre-modern materials in future digital or hybrid contexts.

To encourage discussion, this interactive webinar is limited to 30 participants. You can register for the webinar here.

July 28, 2020 at 2:00PM ET - From High School Social Studies to the College Survey:  A Conversation with Teachers and Students 

Description and registration information for this event coming soon. Please watch this space.


Recent Virtual Events:

“Engaging Students Online: Using Digital Sources and Assignments in Virtual Classrooms” with Dr. Steven Mintz (Univ. of Texas, Austin) and Dr. Laura McEnaney (Whittier College; VP of AHA Teaching Division)


In a pre-recorded video, Dr. Steven Mintz, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, shared some of his time-tested ways to use a variety of digital primary sources and digitally-based assignments to engage students in online courses. In this webinar, Dr. Laura McEnaney, professor of history at Whittier College and Vice President of the AHA's Teaching Division, interviewed Dr. Mintz about how even those with limited online teaching experience can apply these strategies in virtual classrooms and answered questions from the audience.

Below are additional resources prepared by Dr. Mintz for this webinar:

A recording of this webinar will be made available in the next week. Please watch this space.