The 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.

Overview

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.

Making connections

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

Intro

Eight dramatic transitions drive the story of big history.

Public course: We developed a Big History course that anyone can take online for free. section-image
History of the universe: Students learn to navigate history using a 13.8 billion year timeline. section-image
Printed materials: Infographics and origin stories extended the course into physical classrooms. section-image
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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.