Big History Project

for bgC3

iF collaborated with partners to build a teacher-facilitated, interdisciplinary online course for high school students to learn the history of the universe.

The Challenge

Teach 13.8 billion years of history

Transform a complex college course into a dynamic, online experience for high school students everywhere.

The solution

Curriculum with a big bang

We partnered with David Christian and Bill Gates’ private office to conceptualize, design and pilot the new course. It included a comprehensive curriculum supported by a deep library of content, teacher training and a plan for reaching thousands of students.

MAKING CONNECTIONS: Hear firsthand from students and teachers about learning the “history of everything.”

INTRO: Eight dramatic transitions drive the story of big history.

HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE: Students learn to navigate history using a 13.8 billion year timeline.

Teacher’s unit view: Course curriculum and support resources on one page.

PUBLIC COURSE: We developed a Big History course that anyone can take online for free.

PRINTED MATERIALS: Infographics and origin stories extended the course into physical classrooms.

Impact by the numbers

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Still Making History

We incubated and iterated on several versions of the Big History Project with our partners at bgC3 — since then, it’s taken on a life of its own. The work made the cover of the New York Times Magazine and more schools are registering to teach Big History every day.

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