Online Self-Paced Workshops
Facing History and Ourselves' Online Self-Paced Workshops are rich learning experiences that explore specific Facing History themes, resources and pedagogy, while allowing participants to work at their own pace. Unlike the one- to two-week online workshops or our online seminars, you might not be proceeding through the self-paced workshop on a specific schedule with a specific group of participants. Finding the time to complete the approximately four hours of activities is entirely up to you. Facilitators will be on hand to monitor the message boards and review your journal entries, which you submit when you have completed the workshop.
Participants who successfully complete the workshop will be issued a certificate. We are currently offering our self-paced workshops free of charge.
In order to take a self-paced workshop through Facing History and Ouselves, you must register at our main website. Once you have a Facing History username and password, you are ready to begin any of our workshops. Enjoy!
Current online self-paced workshops:
- Making a Difference: A Facing History and Ourselves Self-Paced Workshop Exploring Not in Our Town
Not In Our Town highlights communities that come together to stop hate. The Not In Our School initiative is a peer-to-peer learning program that uses film and storytelling to encourage safety and inclusion. Facing History is excited to be a partner in the Not in Our School: Upstander Action Campaign (NIOS). This project builds on NIOS’s unique ability to produce engaging documentaries about ordinary individuals who choose to respond to injustice in their communities. NIOT.org and NIOS video stories are key resources for Facing History teachers worldwide and this self-paced workshop introduces some of those stories and explores ways for educators to bring them into their classrooms.
- The Reckoning: Understanding the International Criminal Court
This online workshop explores judgment, justice and the International Criminal Court. Ever since the Nuremberg Trials, individuals around the world have imagined how an international judicial body could be used to prevent genocide, crimes against humanity, and other violations of civil and human rights. In 2002, over 100 nations made this vision a reality with the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. To help classrooms explore some of the successes and challenges this new court has faced, Facing History has partnered with Skylight Pictures, the producers of the film The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court. This self-paced online workshop has been created to help educators raise important questions about international justice so they might, in turn, help their students explore the themes and develop their own sense of civic agency.
- Participating in a Democracy: A Self-Paced Workshop Exploring the Website, Choosing to Participate
Choosing to Participate is a multifaceted educational and civic initiative that encourages young people and adults around the world to think deeply about the importance of participating in a democratic society. The Choosing to Participate initiative focuses on civic choices—the decisions people make about themselves and others in their community, nation, and world. This self-paced workshop for educators introduces you to the stories presented in our website, Choosing to Participate. The workshop is a companion piece for using Choosing to Participate in your classroom.
- Teaching Reporter in the Classroom: A Self-Paced Workshop Exploring the Themes of the Film, Reporter
This self-paced workshop explores the role of the press in a digital age. The workshop looks at the documentary Reporter, which follows New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof as he works to get his readers to “care about what happens on the other side of the hill.” By examining three classroom video modules created by the filmmakers, as well as the Teaching Reporter study guide created by Facing History, educators will grapple with important questions about ethics and journalism.