Tuesday, January 8, 2013

UIS offers free online course on Emancipation Proclamation

Following on the success of its first “massive open online course” two summers ago, the University of Illinois Springfield is turning to Abraham Lincoln for its second such offering.

The spring semester MOOC, which begins Jan. 28, will explore the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. The free, eight-week course is open to anyone worldwide who wants to join.

The course — titled “The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, and What Followed” — takes advantage of this year’s sesquicentennial of President Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

“It will also serve as a forum for participants to discuss the concept of emancipation in states and systems earlier than that of the U.S.,” said Ray Schroeder, UIS associate vice chancellor for online learning.

Students may sign up for the course by visiting the UIS CourseSites website.

The course was featured by the State Journal-Register on January 8, 2013.

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