Slides and Lesson Notes

Copying this course

You can use this course like a regular website and just link your students to it. But we've also built this course so that you an duplicate and customize it to your student's own needs. You can keep the text but use different examples, interweave a discipline specific topic (like climate change or immigration), add your own discussion questions, or just clean up errors you find (I promise you I have made at least a few typos). If you disagree with the presentation of an issue you can improve it.

Step One: Get a free Notion account

Get a free Notion account. You'll have enough space on the free version to host the starter course and additional lessons of your own.

If you use this special link to sign up, you'll get credit that will allow you to upgrade if and when you want to do that. It also helps us get a few more features as well:

The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases - Notion

I worry a lot about recommending people sign up for services. I don't want to subject students or teacher to tracking or data collection unnecessarily. I've looked at Notion, and my take on them is they are worthy of my trust. Importantly, their business revolves around paid services, not ad revenue. But you should make your own decision.

Step Two: Log in and then visit the first page of our course

Go to the course you would like to copy, e.g. the Check, Please! Starter Course

Up in the right hand corner is a button labeled "Duplicate". Click it.

You now have a copy of the course.

You can then decide whether you want to make it public. You can edit, delete, rearrange, and rewrite any page.

Updating and Exporting

If at a later time you wish to pull a new updated version from us, just delete your old one, and reduplicate. (One note: when you re-import the page URLs will change, so if you plan to reimport minimize "deep-linking" into the site. Instead, direct students to the home page of the site and tell them what to click.

With your own copy of the site you can also export the material into downloadable HTML (crucial for producing accessible and offline versions). Exporting individual pages is a function that comes with the free version. For bulk export you can apply your $10 credit to the $4 a month plan to export the whole site at once as HTML. If you want to take that HTML and host it somewhere, go ahead.