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Online Learning

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s ENLIGHT™ online learning program uses technology and best practices in education to make the Foundation’s multimedia museum resources accessible to audiences near and far. Designed for lifelong learners seeking new challenges as well as teachers looking to expand their professional skills, ENLIGHT™ aims to combine the learner’s passion for education with Colonial Williamsburg’s commitment to history and citizenship. See below for new and upcoming course offerings through Canvas and the Foundation's education partners.

Teacher Professional Development Opportunities

MuseumSummer 2015: Teaching with Exhibits in History/Social Sciences

Dates: July 6 - August 7, 2015

This online course for teachers provides an introduction to using museum exhibits in the classroom as an effective interdisciplinary and interactive learning strategy. The course offers students the option of earning one to three graduate credits.

The format for the course includes:

  • Project-based instruction on planning, designing and building classroom museum exhibits
  • Creation of resources for immediate classroom implementation on using exhibit concepts for discovery education
  • Panel discussions with museum experts and School of Education professors
  • Opportunity to virtually explore Colonial Williamsburg and The College of William & Mary’s museums and interact with staff

Dates: July 6 - August 7, 2015

For more information:
Course Overview

Format: Online via Canvas
*Synchronous online meetings may occur every other Friday of the course’s duration. More details will be forthcoming once the course is underway.

: variable, 1.0-3.0

  • 1 credit: Submit project plan for exhibit
  • 2 credits: Present mock-up examples of project plan for exhibit
  • 3 credits: Implement method in classroom instruction during Fall 2015, and submit a report on classroom outcomes by December 2015

Tuition: $322.50 per credit

Registration: To register, visit and search for the course title “Tch w/ Exhibts in Hstry/SocSci - 30742 - EDUC V63 - 05.”

Upcoming Online Offering: 2015

  • Teaching with Primary Sources
  • Using Artifacts in the Classroom

Teacher-Created Resources

These sample lesson plans or activities were created by teachers who completed Colonial Williamsburg's online teacher professional development.

Note: While not produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, these plans are the work of students who completed a Foundation-produced distance-learning course.


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