The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is running an online course focusing on the history our city and registration is totally free. Though some students were able to take it for credit, those positions are all filled and now the class is open to the public. The class is not only a way for Milwaukeeans to learn more about the place we call home, but is a great, short introduction to what online learning can look like – something it behooves a lot of people to learn about and understand these days.
Though the class is free, it does still require work for those who choose to sign up. There will be recorded lectures, assigned readings and weekly homework. The class runs for four weeks, starting July 6 and ending July 31. The suggestion is that those who sign up will watch videos and complete readings by Wednesday each week and complete assignments by Friday. There will be a weekly live event on Wednesday nights, but they will be recorded for later watching for those who can’t attend in person.
Each week will focus on a different theme:
Week One (July 6–10): Great City by a Great Lake: Natural and Built Environments
Week Two (July 13–17): Made in Milwaukee: Manufacturing, Industry and Labor in the Cream City
Week Three (July 20–24): Civil Rights Milwaukee: From Turner Hall to the 16th Street Bridge
Week Four (July 27–31): The City as Museum: Art, Culture and Community in Milwaukee
Thus far, about a thousand students have signed up for the class and so far the university does not plan to limit the number of participants. Though locals will love learning about home, folks outside the city are also encouraged to sign up. You won’t be alone – current enrollees come from across the US and from a number of foreign countries, as well.
Sign up for the free class on UWM’s website HERE. Once you do, you’ll also be asked to sign up for Canva, the site through which the class will be run.