The College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg have agreed to pool resources to attempt to create an online college-level history course on the American Revolution and Virginia’s role in the struggle. The course will be a massive open online course (MOOC).

A spokesman said this is the first time Colonial Williamsburg has attempted such a project.

colonial“We have, of course, had our online educational outreach,” said Jim Bradley.

But this is the first time the foundation has partnered with a school to create an actual course.

Both Bradley and William and Mary spokeswoman Suzanne Seurattan said the course, which has not yet been developed, would not be offered for credit.

“It would be as if you were auditing a course in college,” Bradley said.

Seurattan agreed, noting that the course would be free. Like other colleges, William and Mary charges a fee per credit hour.

At William and Mary those fees are $325 per undergraduate credit hour and $405 per graduate credit hour for in-state students. For out-of-state students the fees soar to $1,030 per undergraduate credit hour and $1,050 per graduate credit hour.

The program will combine William and Mary faculty and e-learning initiatives with Colonial Williamsburg’s media and production departments. The assets of both institutions’ museum and library collections will be utilized.