French Revolution Project Wins MERLOT Prize

Posted: August 26, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution,” a multimedia collaboration of Mason’s Center for History and New Media and the City University of New York’s American Social History Project, was recently awarded the 2009 Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) History Classics Award.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt of UCLA were principal authors and editors for the site, which is supported by grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The MERLOT awards program recognizes and promotes outstanding online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning. The award is granted to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community.

“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” provides an accessible and lively introduction to the French Revolution as well as an archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the revolution, including 338 texts, 245 images and a number of maps and songs.

Visitors to the site can explore the French Revolution’s major themes, such as the social causes, the fall of the monarchy, women and the revolution, the story of Napoleon and the legacies of the revolution. A free teaching tool for students of all ages, the site provides rich and in-depth primary source documents and files.

MERLOT is an international initiative enabling faculty members to integrate technology into higher education. It is an online community of faculty members and institutions collaborating to increase the quantity of high-quality, web-based and interactive teaching and learning materials. The MERLOT web site is a free gateway for these web-based materials.

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