Online Learning

The Minnesota Humanities Center conducts professional-development offerings that provide educators with humanities-based content and resources for improving classroom teaching and student learning. The Humanities Center offers the following online professional-development opportunities for K-12 educators.

Online Professional Development

Online Self Study Offerings - Participants will study content and complete a quiz or self-reflection section to gain a deeper understanding and application of the content. Clock hours will be earned upon successful completion of quiz or self-reflection component. Participants work on their own schedule, at their own pace and may take as long as they need to complete the offering.

Increase  Engagement Through Absent Narratives
Course Type: Online Self-Study
Intended Audience: K-12 Educators
Instructors: Minnesota Humanities Center staff educators, Dr. Omowale Akintunde, Dr. Matthew Brandt, Alexs Pate, and Dr. Keith Mayes.
Cost: $30
Clock Hours: 6
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DESCRIPTION
The Minnesota Humanities Center’s online self-study course, Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives, introduces participants to the humanities approach through Absent Narratives. It begins with an understanding of one’s relationship to place and privileges experiences of human beings in their totality. We rely on humanities content as expressed in literature, history, and the arts to understand Absent Narratives as human experiences. Each individual and community has a unique narrative to hear and a unique contribution to make. Participants work through Absent Narratives content through audio and video examples, exercises, and guided reflection. These experiences become the foundation for incorporating Absent Narratives into life, workplace, community, and curriculum.

The Abolitionist Movement
Course Type: Online Self-Study
Intended Audience: 6-12 Educators
Scholar: Dr. Keith Mayes
Cost: $15
Clock Hours: 2
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DESCRIPTION
The Abolitionist Movement professional-development offering introduces the Absent Narrative of African Americans working and forging an identity and movement which shaped the political ideas, landscape and legislation in the post- Revolutionary period. Participants will learn an integrated view of African American history during this period and will be able to demonstrate the contributions of African Americans activists in influencing the expansion of freedom and liberty in the America. Participants will understand how this distinctly American group shaped its own identity and worked to expand equality and opportunity.

Black Independent Institutions in the Revolutionary Era
Course Type: Online Self-Study
Intended Audience: 6-12 Educators
Scholar: Dr. Keith Mayes
Cost: $15
Clock Hours: 2
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DESCRIPTION
The Black Independent Institutions in the Revolutionary Era professional-development offering amplifies the Absent Narrative of a people fighting alongside their white counterparts and forging a new identity through the emergence of Black Independent Institutions. Participants will learn an integrated view of African American history during this period and will be able to demonstrate the contributions of African Americans activists in influencing the expansion of freedom and liberty in the America. Participants will understand how this distinctly American group shaped its own identity and worked to expand equality and opportunity.

African American History in Minnesota
Course Type: Online Self-Study
Intended Audience: K-12 Educators
Cost: $30
Clock Hours: 6
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DESCRIPTION
The African American History in Minnesota professional-development offering introduces educators to the rich history of Black Americans in the North Star State, from the days of the early 19th-century fur trade to the modern Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. Participants will learn the stories of African American individuals, events and movements in Minnesota, told against a backdrop of contextual U.S. history, and will understand how the African American population built communities and fought for equality in Minnesota and on the national stage. The online course includes downloadable primary-source activities for the classroom, video clips, and a comprehensive list of resources.

This online offering was created through a partnership between the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minnesota Historical Society.