Online courses are getting TV network brands

HISTORY® partners with the University of Oklahoma to offer the first TV network-branded online course for college credit

history-tv-ouA+E Network®’s HISTORY® Channel will partner with the University of Oklahoma (OU) to offer the first TV Network-branded online course for transcripted college credit or for the lifelong learner.

HISTORY® Channel’s “United States, 1865 to the Present” course enrollment will launch on October 28 at History.com/courses and will be taught by teacher, OU professor, and historian Steve Gillon.

“United States 1865 to the Present” will provide an interactive way for college students to earn three transcripted credits, and life learners the opportunity to learn U.S. History from one of the country’s “leading institutions of higher education,” said the University.

The first-of-its-kind 16-week interactive, immersive course, which will be offered during the spring semester, begins on January 12, 2015.  Aiming to utilize the strengths of both HISTORY® Channel and OU, “United States, 1865 to the Present” has been designed by an academic team from OU and will be taught by Gillon.

Watch the course “trailer”:

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Combining professionally-produced and video lectures with quizzes, discussion groups and social interactions between student and professor, as well as selectively integrated multimedia assets from HISTORY® Channel, this course has been created to offer what the University explains is “a singular and collaborative learning experience to a wide range of students.”

At $500, the course for college credit targets current college students seeking to meet their graduation requirements, as well as high school students who wish to jumpstart their college education.  The Janux platform, a new interactive learning community created by OU, allows students to complete the course anywhere and anytime. Upon successful completion of the for-credit course, students will receive three transcripted college credits and a badge of course completion.

For $250, the course aims to target lifelong learners as well.

“This course, combining the best in education and entertainment, brings together the resources and talents of a flagship state university and a national television network to present new ways of learning about the past,” said Gillon. “With this course, we hope to spark the imagination of a new generation of students, ignite their interest in the study of history, and inspire them to learn more about how the past shapes the world we live in today.”

“We’re excited to make this dynamic and innovative course available for credit, and to be the first media company to offer this opportunity,” said Dan Suratt, EVP, Digital Media, A+E Networks. “HISTORY has a legacy of presenting stories from our nation’s past in compelling, entertaining and groundbreaking ways to new generations.”

Said President Boren, “This is also an opportunity for students around the world to earn college credit at a reasonable cost. The first course being offered is U.S. History, but our intent is for the number of courses offered to continue to grow. Through this partnership, we are working to help lower the cost of education for college students, while extending new opportunities to lifelong learners everywhere.”

Additional courses from HISTORY® Channel and OU are currently in the works for upcoming semesters.

Material from a press release was used in this report.