A national effort to provide high school students with free online videos from college professors includes Christopher Oldstone-Moore, senior lecturer of history at Wright State University.
Oldstone-Moore has partnered with the College Board as an AP Daily course lecturer, discussing a topic in AP subjects. He is among college professors from more than 200 universities nationwide from Harvard to Cornell who are making the videos available to students in response to the pandemic.
Oldstone-Moore produced a lecture on European history titled “The Boer War and the Costs of Empire.”
“To have such a talented professor contributing as an AP Daily lecturer is truly a benefit to the students and the entire educational community. As a subject matter expert, Professor Oldstone-Moore will be able to share the depth and breadth of his knowledge with high school students who are up for the challenge,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president AP and instruction of the College Board. “We are thrilled to partner with Wright State University and Professor Oldstone-Moore to help prepare these students for the opportunities provided by higher education.”
The College Board is a nonprofit organization devoted to expanding access to higher education. The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers college-level curricula and exams to high school students that can result in college placement and course credit.
The AP Daily videos feature more than 300 of the world’s top AP teachers, are each about 10 minutes long, and cover every topic and skill that will appear on AP exams. Practice questions accompany each video, giving each AP student feedback so they can stay on track to earn college credit. Students can view the videos independently, or AP teachers can assign AP Daily videos as homework.
“We wanted to provide students with a greater flexibility, with respect to their learning,” said Cathy Brigham, senior director of higher education academic outreach at the College Board. “So you have videos, but also places for feedback and questions that accompany work so they’re learning along the way and keeping up with what they need to know.”
As of early November, the videos, posted to the Advanced Placement YouTube channel, had accumulated 6 million views.
Oldstone-Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He received Wright State’s Faculty Award for Excellence as Outstanding Lecturer in 2016.
Oldstone-Moore is well known for “Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair,” his book on the history of beards, which resulted in interviews with “CBS Sunday Morning,” NPR, BBC Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Esquire magazine. He spent more than 10 years researching and chronicling facial hair trends for the book, which grew out of his teaching and his desire to make his classes interesting, visual and include cultural history.
Oldstone-Moore is also the author of the book “Hugh Price Hughes: Founder of New Methodism, Conscience of New Nonconformity.”