About the course

This online course will assist educators to create and share e-Learning Activities on Historiana. These activities are online tools that have been developed to allow students to improve their historical thinking skills in a variety of ways. The course’s goal is that participants will be challenged to create their own e-Learning Activities. This is particularly important in a world that revolves increasingly around competencies in media literacy so that educators can be prepared to teach online creatively to supplement what they do in class.

In so doing, participants will:

  1. learn what Historiana is, how to add sources, how to use the builder, how to share e-Learning Activities, and how to review answers. The trainers will model how to use and make e-Learning Activities (creating a topic, developing an inquiry question, selecting sources, choosing challenging tools, designing instruction, and evaluating the activities),
  2. improve their digital competence with these online tools, which they can now use more easily with their students and
  3. create e-Learning Activities that promote quality history or citizenship education on Historiana and to do so independently by the end of the course, and
    develop an E-Learning Activity on the subject of colonialism or a relevant topic of one’s own choosing with a trainer’s approval.

No previous experience with Historiana is needed to join the course!


During the course, participants will join a few live sessions to be introduced to the course, share their work, and receive feedback and tips. In-between these session, participants will be able to work on the modules in their own time in a set time frame. The course will start on the 19th of February 2024 and finish on 15th of April.

Monday, February 19, 16:30 – 18:30: Kick off: Course Introduction (live session)

Module I: Creating a Topic and Developing an Inquiry Question

Module II: Choosing Sources

Module III: Choosing Challenging Tools

Module IV: Designing Instruction

Module V: Evaluating the Activities

Monday, April 15, 1630 – 18: 30: Final Live Session: Sharing Activities and Moving Forward

Meet the trainers

Gijs Mushin van Gaans, MA., studied History and Religious Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He taught History and Latin from 2002-2011 at several high schools in the Netherlands. From 2009 onwards he has been a teacher trainer for the school subjects of History and Religious Education, first at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, later also at Amsterdam University. He is also an active member of the Dutch History Teachers Association. Since 2018 he has been an active member of the Historiana Teaching and Learning Team, developing learning activities and providing training. He is currently doing a PhD on sensitive histories combining insights from both history and religious education didactics. He is also developing a study program (minor) on heritage and heritage education. He lives in Tilburg (the Netherlands).

James A. Diskant, Ph.D., a Historian of modern German labor history, is a retired high school history and government teacher. From 2001 to 2017 he taught at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught courses in world and big history, as well as in government and in research methods. The author of student-based curricula, he was an active member of history and pedagogical associations based in the United States, including the World History Association and the National Council for the Studies, where he also facilitated workshops. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany; since January 2020 has been an active member of EuroClio’s Education and Learning Team. In that capacity, he has written and edited numerous E-Learning Activities, facilitated workshops, and taught courses. He is currently coórdinating a new Historiana project on teaching controversial historical figures.

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