How does one transform a complex college course into a dynamic, online experience for high school students everywhere? First, we gathered the right partners and stakeholders to build a teacher-facilitated, interdisciplinary online course for high school students to learn the history of the universe – all 13.8 billion years of it. 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. In it students learn to navigate history using a 13.8 billion year timeline.
Because our partners and we believe that the experience of this course should be widely available, we developed a Big History course that anyone can take online for free and created infographics and origin stories extended the course into physical classrooms.