Ye Olde Excerpt from Boston Mooc
Comments from our Students
I am taking your exceptional course History of Boston. How greateful I feel for having the opportunity to learn from this course ! I found it very interesting and pleasant. Boston is amazing ! I thank Suffolk University (How lucky my son is for studying there) for this great course.
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the on-line class. I moved to the Northeast a year ago and the course was a great way to learn about the local history. Thanks for putting it together and making it widely available.
Over the past couple years I’ve participated in roughly twenty MOOCs from six providers. I’ve found most of them quite interesting, but I don’t think I’ve enjoyed any quite so much as yours.
You do an excellent job with your presentations, your abundant citations are wonderful and as a fifth generation “Townie” and amateur genealogist I’m learning all the time.
This is one of the best classes I have taken on the internet- with seeing the places when they are talked about and talking with people who lived through this time. I hope you will run it again so my friends can take it.
It’s a great class and a wonderful gift.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course Prof. Allison. Thank you again for all the videos. So good of you to interview such interesting people in your city. Will return in 2015 to lose my heart there some more!!
From Mayor Tom Menino
May He Rest in Peace
Mayor Marty Walsh
This online course is designed to help you explore the rich history of Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution. From the Puritans to the New England Patriots, this course tells the story of the country’s most iconic city. See where the spark of democracy was set and learn why the Revolutionary War began in Boston in this Boston MOOC.
Trace the city’s central role in the anti-slavery movement and the Civil War, and find out how Boston has redefined education, the arts, and medicine. Explore the diversity of modern innovation and culture that sprang from Boston.
The History of Boston MOOC is free, informative, fun, and, in its own way, revolutionary.
Suffolk University is providing this Boston Mooc online course at no charge to all people interested in exploring the “Hub of the Universe”.
Course participants who have the chance to visit Boston for work or pleasure will appreciate the city and its history more deeply and personally.
The course allows anyone to participate in a virtual tour of Boston’s most significant historic places. Participants are encouraged to share their stories about the city and contribute pictures, artifacts, and other elements.
Taught by Dr. Robert J. Allison, professor of history at Suffolk University, this is the first MOOC based on a city and its history.
WHAT IS A MOOC?
A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course offered free of charge to anyone around the world.
With this Boston MOOC, there are no grades or homework and students will not receive regular academic credit. Instead, a scavenger hunt and a trivia game are offered, along with four social media tools that help you get the most out of your learning experience.
This MOOC will give you the chance to study with and get to know other people from around the world who want to learn about Boston and its unique history.
This course will help you get to know Boston better. Instruction will focus on the past but also will explore what makes Boston one of the most successful cities of the 21st century. By the time you complete this course, you will have a deeper understanding of what makes this metropolis “Boston Strong.”
This course is presented in 8 consecutive lessons, but you can skip around as you wish to get to whatever attracts your interest.
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE HISTORY OF BOSTON COURSE
Ever wonder who lived in Boston before there was a Boston?
Meet the Massachusett Indians who lived on the land we now know as Boston for thousands of years before the Puritans arrived from England in 1630 seeking to start a new society.
What Do You Do in a New World?
Explore what happens once the Puritans land on the rocky shores of New England. They’ve come to create a new religious commonwealth and convert Indians to Christianity but find more than a few surprises along the way.
Learn about the American Revolution and why it began in Boston. Find out what really happened during the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride and much more.
Trade,Textiles and Ships
See how Boston grows after the War of Independence, becoming one of the most successful cities in the new nation. The keys to success can be found in clipper ships and an Industrial Revolution rivaled only by that of England.
Heroes and Heroines Among Us
Get to know some extraordinary Bostonians. Meet pioneers in the anti-slavery movement and Civil War, advocates for education of the blind and deaf, as well as champions of humane treatment for the mentally ill.
From Garbage to Grandeur
See the filling in of Boston’s Back Bay and the creation of one of the most beautiful urban neighborhoods in the world. Boston’s reputation as a cultural mecca is secured with the founding of the Boston Public Library, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts and more.
A New Boston
Discover Boston after World War II — a heady time when the GI Bill transforms the city into a hub for higher education. Watch wholesale urban redevelopment make citizens fight to preserve what makes Boston special.
Today’s Boston, A Passion for Revolution
Experience the guide to everything that makes Boston one of the most influential and fun cities on the planet. Find ideas and resources to plan the perfect trip to Boston or enjoy the city while you are here!