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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

MuseumFall 2015: Teaching with Local History Resources

Dates: October 5 - November 8, 2015

This online course for educators and lifelong learners provides an introduction to carefully examining local history resources and applying them inside or outside the classroom in effective, interactive, interdisciplinary learning strategies. The course offers students the option of earning one to three graduate credits.

The format for the course includes:

  • Book study of David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty’s Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You, 3rd Edition.
  • Creation of resources for immediate classroom implementation on using local history resources and course concepts in instruction
  • Opportunity to virtually explore the museums and talk to the staff of Colonial Williamsburg and other nearby local history sites and resources

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 instructional plan and rubric for using local history resources
  • 2 credits: Submit instructional plan and rubric plus supplementary materials (such as site photos, videos for instruction, or scans of supporting materials)
  • 3 credits: Implement project plan in classroom instruction during Fall 2015, and submit an evaluation of the implemented lesson plan

Tuition: $450 per credit

Registration: To register, please complete the registration documents: Domicile Application and Registration Form. Information for the Registration Form: CRN: 14727, Subj: EDUC, Course Number: M79, Section: 75: Credits: 1, 2, or 3. Email these documents to Wendy Pearson ( at W&M’s School of Education.

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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