History for the 21st Century (“H/21”) is a collaborative project designed to enable college and university faculty to effectively introduce 21st century students to the study of history. The project encompasses both the reconceptualization of introductory history courses and materials to support those courses.
The fundamental premises of teaching history at the college level is to enable students to understand some portion of past human experience, to connect that experience to their lives, and to equip students with the analytic and epistemological tools to assess historical evidence. Changes in the nature, focus, and preparation of college students, educational technology, pedagogical approaches, and college curricular requirements mean that traditional formats, course structures, and specific historical materials need to be re-examined and adapted into this new environment.
History for the 21st Century was established by Trevor Getz and Steve Harris in 2019, with financial support from the Agentives Fund, a private foundation committed to bold changes in education. We kicked-off our work with a conference at our home base—San Francisco State—at which 20+ thought leaders in college history teaching and world history got together to see if there were some better ways to help instructors help students understand and use history.
We commissioned our first modules in 2020 and plan to organize a parallel effort for US history in early 2021.
Over the long-term, we look forward to becoming a core resource for college history instructors in both world and US history.
Trevor Getz, co-Project Director
Steve Harris, co-Project Director
Our World in Time Editorial Board
Jesse A. Spohnholz, Washington State University
Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh
Urmi Willoughby, Pitzer College