NBC Learn Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight: 3 Techniques to Teaching History Through NBC Learn

Posted on 12/08/2015 06:18 PM

Meet Jodi Peterson, an adjunct U.S history professor at University of Texas at San Antonio. Peterson uses NBC Learn as part of a three-pronged teaching approach:

Providing Alternative Historical Interpretations:  “Students can listen to different voices and compare them to the information that I provided in the lecture.  This helps to broaden their perspective on the topic.” Peterson notes that The Boston Tea Party and The Triangular Trade and the Middle Passage are good examples of this approach for teaching early American history.

 Triangular Trade and the Middle Passage 

Triangular Trade and the Middle Passage

Showing History in the Making:  “Students can hear the voices from the past and watch history unfold. This visually solidifies the lecture content.” In her Late American History class, Peterson has used East Germany, Berlin Crisis, March on the Pentagon, and Remembering Kent State, 40 Years Later.  

 Remembering Kent State, 40 Years Later 

Remembering Kent State, 40 Years Later

Connecting Topics of the Past with Relevant Issues of the Present:  “This ignites greater interest in the students by connecting the content to their own background knowledge and present interests.  Students can then make connections with history in a personal way.  I can also use this type of video to begin an in-class discussion and hear the students' difference of opinions on hot topics that we can then relate to history. Family Traces Roots to Slave Island and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: "We Will Never Have to Bomb" are two recent resources that Peterson shared with her students. 

 Family Traces Roots to Slave Island 

Family Traces Roots to Slave Island

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