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Virtual AHA Teaching and Learning Guide

The AHA is committed to the value of teaching and learning in history and is pleased to showcase the opportunities for educators to participate in online workshops and webinars as part of Virtual AHA. Join us for sessions that cover topics from online learning and curriculum mapping to the challenges of teaching introductory history courses, strategies for teaching common or tricky topics, and even new developments in the history of education.

Virtual AHA is a yearlong platform of online opportunities to bring together communities of historians, build professional relationships, discuss scholarship, and engage in professional and career development.

Virtual AHA is free and AHA membership is not required to participate. Events run through June 2021.

Events on this page are listed in reverse chronological order. Check back soon as we continue to update this guide. Please click on the hyperlink in the event title for the full description and registration information. For an extensive list of all Virtual AHA programming, please visit the Virtual AHA Calendar.

Professional development certificates are not automatically provided, but a letter of participation is available on request; contact VirtualAHA@historians.org. Letters will be provided after the webinar upon confirming attendance for the duration of a webinar.


May 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST - Integrating Environmental History into the Curriculum: A Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable highlights innovative approaches to teaching environmental history at both the secondary and college/university levels and provides attendees with insight into how to successfully integrate environmental history into their classes, whether they are developing new courses dedicated to the subject or wanting to incorporate it into broader-themed subjects.

April 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET - Teaching History Across the Educational Landscape 

Many people pursue advanced degrees in history because they want to teach, and the majority of history PhDs become teachers. College classrooms are only one option for historians who love to teach, interact with students, and share knowledge about the past. In this webinar, we'll meet with history PhDs who work as educators in a wide range of professional settings, including collegiate faculty, high school teachers, museum educators, and university staff whose jobs entail supporting teaching and learning. Join us for a discussion of what it means to teach in these settings and how historians promote historical thinking across the educational landscape. Register here.

March 31, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST - Getting Started in Digital History: Pedagogy in the Time of COVID

As many of us have learned over the past year, when used effectively, new technologies have the power to bring history to life and transform the study of the past into an active, hands-on process. But technology can only enhance student learning if it is used creatively, with ethics and equity in mind. This year's AHA Digital History Workshop will explore how you can integrate technology and Internet resources into your teaching in powerful, imaginative, and equitable ways that will engage your students and allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills using novel methods.

March 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST - Teaching the Medieval as Mediterranean: Reorienting the Metanarrative

The established Eurocentric metanarrative of medieval history is clearly now obsolete, and scholars are increasingly understanding the Mediterranean as the epicenter of the medieval West. This round table discusses the challenges and opportunities of teaching the medieval as Mediterranean with reference to a forthcoming textbook, The Sea in the Middle.

February 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST - History Gateways: What I’m Doing Differently in My History Introductory Course

“History Gateways” challenges historians to redesign introductory courses to better serve student success, persistence, retention, and completion. Panelists will briefly discuss new strategies they have developed to address Gateway’s goals of equity and social justice--and learn from audience members of the changes they have made in foundational classes.

February 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST - Teaching Premodern Women and Gender

Historians with a variety of pedagogical experiences address the linked challenges of teaching the history of women and gender in the premodern world. This roundtable addresses strategies for productive pedagogy in areas of history that may be doubly unfamiliar to undergraduates. Joint with the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

February 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST - Shifting How History Is Taught—A Dialogue to Inspire Instructional Innovation in Secondary and Higher Education

This panel focuses on the role of teachers as designers of learning experiences for students. Central to this practice are the instructional strategies teachers use. Panelists will focus on an instructional move that can be applied across courses and grade levels and conclude with a discussion with participants on teaching history.

January 20-22, 2021 - Don't Panic! The Futures of History from the Liberal Arts College Perspective (three event series)

This series is intended to build community among historians at liberal arts colleges, get a sense of shared interests and concerns, and discuss what kind of future structures could best support and encourage a diverse, dynamic, and forward-looking liberal arts history professoriate and student body.

January 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST - Fine Tuning Program Outcomes: A Curriculum Mapping Workshop

Fine Tuning Program Outcomes: A Curriculum Mapping Workshop, is a natural progression in the AHA Tuning initiative. The workshop will begin with a review of the AHA Discipline Core and a discussion of the importance of transparent learning outcomes for student success. It will then provide a brief mapping demonstration of one classroom assignment. The majority of the time will be spent in small group sharing of program outcomes and individual mapping of the participants' own course assignment/assessment with the help of workshop facilitators.

January 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST - New Directions in the History of Education

After years of relative neglect historians are training fresh eyes on the history of education. What is to be gained by this recent inquiry? How does bringing the history of knowledge institutions in line with general trends in historiography alter our understanding of 19th and 20th century US and European history? Join scholars in early colonial and post-war US history, and European cultural and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th centuries to interrogate this new educational "turn" and its meanings for the field of history.

January 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST - Online Learning via the Digital Humanities, the Online Classroom, and the Hybrid Classroom

This webinar focuses on creative assignments for engaging students in the online and hybrid classroom. Presenters will draw on their experience at two-year colleges to discuss questions of accessibility, teaching historical thinking in online survey courses, using digital humanities in face-to-face classes, and how to hybridize an introductory history course.

January 7, 2021 at 2-5:00 p.m. EST – Virtual Assignment Charrette Teaching Workshop

Want to get your course assignments peer-reviewed by fellow history educators? Join us for the first Virtual Assignment Charrette, part of Virtual AHA. Registration for this event is now closed.

Please direct any questions to mconnor@historians.org.


Teaching and Learning Playlist

The AHA has assembled a playlist of recordings from past events hosted by the AHA on teaching and learning.