Course Description  

The course Problem Solving Through History is designed to teach you how to use information to solve problems using historical information.  Each lesson has a number of corresponding activities. They include an overview of the chapter and a graphical explanation of the concepts explained in the chapter.  In addition, each lesson emphasizes the primary and secondary concepts that the student should learn upon completion.  All this information is outlined in a table such as the one below.

For an overview of the chapter Cliff Notes
For ALL concepts in the chapter Key Concepts
For a graphic explanation of the concepts in the chapter Graphic Organizer
For important discussion of the chapter Problem-Solving Assessments
The primary concept Domination
An important secondary concept Exploration
An important secondary concept Colonization

This online course is based on problem-based learning.  This type of learning demands the student acquire critical knowledge, problem solving proficiency, and self-directed learning strategies.  The student is exposed to the chapter problem through a variety of mediums unique to the on-line environment such as audio and video clips, graphics, and interactive text.  In addition, a glossary is provided at the end of the table of contents for the student to refer to if any concept is unclear.  Embedded in each unit are clear goals and objectives for the unit along with descriptions as to how the student will be evaluated.

The teacher for Problem Solving Through History will be certified from an accredited institution of higher education.  He/she will also have a confirmed license from the Teaching Standards and Practices Committee

Problem Solving Through History complies with the Social Studies benchmarks of the Oregon Educational Standards for history.  It covers the years 1585-1900 (fulfils Era 2 through Era 6), from the Colonization and Settlement to the Development of the Industrial United States.  It also meets the national Geography for Life Standards (Geography Education Standards) numbers 7, 9, and 15. In order to complete the course successfully, the student must have the basic reading skills necessary to navigate through the lessons.  The student must also have a reliable connection and be proficient with the using the Internet.  While Problem Solving Through History does not require any specific historical knowledge, a basic familiarity of major historical events will increase the student's understanding of the material.

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