The coronavirus pandemic and accompanying shutdown of schools, colleges and universities required a rapid transition of face-to-face courses to online offerings. History faculty adapted quickly and well, changing syllabi, assignments, and course activities. Here are some images of how History faculty and students adapted to unprecedented circumstances.

Quarantine affords new perspectives on environmental history assignment.

Photo by History major Nathan Polak, taken on April 1 in Heck’s Bridge, Howard Collier State Natural Preserve, as part of a Nature Journal for HIST4950, Sustainability Histories. Nathan wrote: “The next thing I noticed was just how quiet everything was. The only thing I could hear was the wind sweeping leaves across the ground…”



WebEx screenshot
Dr. Greene’s WebEx sessions with graduate students have become a legend. Here’s a screenshot of a session in HIST6290, Problems in 20th Century America.

Many classes, both undergraduate and graduate, transitioned quickly into only offerings using various technologies to connect students and instructors.

Chloe Bortz (top), Helen Chambers (bottom), and Riley Harkness (inset) kept their small group going after Dr. Ruth Herndon’s HIST3260, “Women in American History” went online.
Jacob Mach, McKenna Essman, Tony Bolton, and Korey Kelly have a group discussion in Dr. Martin’s HIST 5260, US Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877

The swift transition to online instruction required some revisions in course pedagogy and assessments. This is the first page of the revised syllabus for Dr. Martin’s HIST 4260, Civil War and Reconstruction.

If any students or faculty have stories or anecdotes about studying history during the quarantine, please send them to me, Scott Martin, smartin@bgsu.edu. We’ll include them in a future blog!