HP 617 Historic Preservation Planning
Online, 18 students
This was the first time HP 617 Historic Preservation Planning has been offered online. Adapting a course previously offered as a live course utilizing group-learning was difficult. Additionally, revising a project-heavy course to meet the time constraints of professional online students was challenging. Although the syllabus had been completed prior to my involvement with the course, I created the entire asynchronous Canvas shell, discussion boards, and assignments. Students in the class represented a mix of traditional and non-traditional students from Kentucky, however, as with prior online offerings the majority of students were from out of state (e.g., Indiana, Utah, Massachusetts, Florida, California, Washington, DC, etc.). They ranged in experience from second year MHP students to planners working for federal agencies. The students were asked to complete weekly modules consisting of readings, videos, and discussion boards. Through a series of assignments guiding them through the process, they were asked to complete a preservation plan for a neighborhood or site. A significant part of the class discussions involved students from diverse backgrounds using their professional experience and the materials presented to aid each other in completing their final projects.
Examples of what students have accomplished through completing their final projects students include the following:
Asked to join African American cemetery preservation board in Tallahassee, FL
Began dialogue for interpretation of African American history at a historic mill
Created a preservation plan for historic LatinX ranch house and outbuildings that will be implemented at the site
Drafted a report on a potential historic district including historic research, design guidelines, and conditions assessments that will be shared with a grassroots organization seeking designation