World Civilization and World History

SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for World Civilization and World History courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Course Host License Notes
World History Boundless CC-BY-SA
World History Videos CrashCourse Standard YouTube License Comprehensive coverage through roughly 10-minute video clips
Hist 101: Ancient Civilizations of the World Saylor Varies, but mostly CC-BY-SA Legacy Saylor course, based on Maxfield’s book

HIST103: World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras (1600-Present)

Saylor Varies, but mostly CC-BY-SA Mixture of materials, mostly from Maxfield’s book
World Civ 1 (to roman empire) OCL CC-BY various resources
Western Civ OCL CC-BY various resources
World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 Georgia Gwinnett College CC-BY-SA “a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500”

If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.