Outcomes and Expectations


During this course, students will learn how to:

  • identify key events, peoples, individuals, terms, periods and chronology of the history of the world before 1500; distinguish between historical fact and historical interpretation; and connect historical events in chronological chain(s) of cause and effect
  • demonstrate awareness of the basic historical geography of the world
  • develop analytical skills by scrutinizing primary source documents
  • develop critical thinking skills by discussing the living nature of history, critiquing different interpretations of the same events, and understanding change over time
  • synthesize diverse historical information on broad themes of world history before 1500 and present this information in coherent, well-articulated and well-substantiated discussions and other written assignments
  • conduct and curate academic research utilizing digital history sources and other internet resources to present digital history and digital storytelling artifacts in a web domain


During this course, students will learn the following skills that can be used in other courses or as marketable skills:

  • ability to interpret and critically evaluate evidence
  • ability to assess the credibility of sources and make judgments about their usefulness and limitations
  • ability determine bias, audience, perspective, and context for various sources of information
  • ability to utilize chronological and spatial reasoning
  • ability to identify key pieces of evidence, interpret and contextualize evidence, and craft evidence-based arguments
  • build a web domain
  • research and curation
  • create annotated media and post it to a web page
  • create a digital storytelling narrative and post it to a web page


I expect that students will

  • not cheat, plagiarize, collude or commit other acts of academic dishonesty
  • participate fully by being prepared for discussions and other assignments. Being prepared means doing your reading, watching videos, perusing all links in this website and covering all materials presented
  • do college-level work in all written assignments. You will receive specific and detailed instructions for all assessments within this course, follow them. Proofread for grammar and prose (turning in sloppy work with many grammatical errors is not college level – if you have problems with writing on a college level, utilize the services of the Writing Center)
  • turn in work on time
  • show respect to your instructor and your fellow students in all interactions
  • ask for help when needed


In a traditional long semester face-to-face course, a general rule of thumb is this: for every credit hour earned, a student should spend 2-3 hours per week working outside of class. Hence, a 3-credit course might have a minimum expectation of 6 hours of reading, study, etc. beyond the time required to attend each class meeting, students enrolled in an on-campus course would expect to spend at least an additional 6-9 hours per week of their own time, outside of the 3 hours per week in the classroom, in course-related activities, including reading required materials, completing assignments, preparing for exams, etc. This online course is based upon this rule of thumb, therefore, students should expect to spend at least 9-12 hours per week on course materials, readings, studying, and assignments – the same amount of time you would spend in an on campus class.


Ancient History Meets Advanced Instructional Strategies