Every Fall 2020 Syllabus Needs an “Or” Option: A Sample Assignment

Photo by Ashley Meyer By the end of summer, we all will have reinvented our syllabi to account for varying degrees of hybrid teaching. We will have reimagined the structure of our semesters to make our syllabi and ourselves flexible enough to fit the circumstances, whatever they may be, at our respective campuses this fall. … Continue reading Every Fall 2020 Syllabus Needs an “Or” Option: A Sample Assignment

“In a Pandemic, Everyone Gets an Asterisk,” Inside Higher Ed

In a March 23rd Inside Higher Ed article that I coauthored with Cathy N. Davidson, we take a moment to rethink testing and assessment not just during distance learning but also in the long term. We write: "There is an uncanny parallel between testing a vaccine on humans and testing students in the extraordinary circumstance … Continue reading “In a Pandemic, Everyone Gets an Asterisk,” Inside Higher Ed

“Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community,” Inside Higher Ed

On March 11, 2020, Inside Higher Ed published an article that Cathy N. Davidson and I coauthored in response to the current coronavirus crisis, #CovidCampus, and the like, titled, "Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community." In the article, we write: "The biggest takeaway from the research on effective teaching online is that we … Continue reading “Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community,” Inside Higher Ed

Bringing Kashema Hutchinson’s Hip-Hop Pedagogy into the Early American Lit Survey

As a sound studies scholar, I am always looking for ways to bring sound into my classroom. I play recordings of wild birds, amphibians, and other animals for my students when we read early American authors writing about the "howling" wilderness, about dangerous adventures into the forest where goblins and witches seduce wandering souls into … Continue reading Bringing Kashema Hutchinson’s Hip-Hop Pedagogy into the Early American Lit Survey

Entry & Exit Tickets: A Way to Share in the Intellectual Growth of Students

This is the third post of a series on Progressive Pedagogy in which I very briefly summarize a pedagogical theory and offer an exercise (or two) that you can use in your classroom to put that theory into practice. To read the original post, published on March 4, 2019 on HASTAC.org, click here. bell hooks … Continue reading Entry & Exit Tickets: A Way to Share in the Intellectual Growth of Students