Course Description

Begin this Exploration and Bring History into Today's Classroom

This course is designed for K-14 educators to develop an appreciation for one of the most dramatic periods in world history: from the Vikings and Chinese explorers to the travels of the Islamic world and from Europe’s discoveries in the late 15th century to more recent exploration during the 20th Century. Students will investigate explorers from around the world and throughout different time periods, and will analyze and compare and contrast these explorers and their motives for bringing glory to themselves and their countries. As a final, cumulative project students will design inspiring lesson plans that will bring history to life.  In this course you will be guided by an audio course (which averages seven hours), published by the Recorded Book's Modern Scholar, and provided supplemental material.

Learner Outcomes

  • Explain the different eras of exploration and recognize the different causes and effects of exploration during different time periods
  • Compare and contrast the cultural needs and technologies that drove different types of exploration
  • Analyze and compare the differing motives that encouraged different types of exploration, including exploitation, colonization, religious glory, and even simply curiosity
  • Bring stories of various explorers back to the classrooms that make history come to life and inspire student learning

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grade K-14) looking to foster a deeper appreciation for history and social science and instill the same in their students

Course Materials: Audio Course, The Modern Scholar: Journeys of the Great Explorers: Columbus to Cook by Glyndwr Williams, available online at audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com to download.  Materials may also be available at or from: eBay, Craig's List, public libraries, or your school library.

Technical Requirements

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $307 credit (2 units) $307.00
Available for Extension Credit
2 units
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