Something completely different to share with you today. From my email inbox, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is going to offer an online course in July and covers some of the history of the City of Milwaukee. So here are the details:

UWM is offering a free online class this summer focused on the city of Milwaukee. The class – Milwaukee: Past, Present, Future – will run July 6-31 and be broken into four weeklong modules:

  • Week 1: Great City by a Great Lake: Natural and Built Environments
  • Week 2: Made in Milwaukee: Manufacturing, Industry and Labor in the Cream City
  • Week 3: Civil Rights Milwaukee: From Turner Hall to the 16th Street Bridge
  • Week 4: The City as Museum: Art, Culture and Community in Milwaukee

Each unit will include short video lectures, interesting readings and optional assignments designed to inspire participants’ creativity. For example, participants may be asked to write a poem or draw a map. They also will contribute to group discussions and have an opportunity to interact with professors one on one during virtual office hours.

UWM students, their parents and community members are welcome to take the course for personal enrichment. One college credit was available to the first 200 freshmen or transfer students who enrolled for credit. Those slots have been filled.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Milwaukee was already home to Wisconsin’s largest online education program, with over 850 online classes and more than 40 fully online degrees and certificates. Since March, UWM has invested more than $450,000 in hardware and software for remote instruction and faculty training. This summer, UWM’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is providing faculty and instructional staff with additional training in online and blended instruction, covering topics such as supporting students, building community and delivering content.

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