Vice President for Scholarly Programs, National Humanities Center
In response to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, this 5-day virtual residency will model best practices for undergraduate teaching in the digital world. Graduate student cohorts will interact and learn from university professionals, and participants will also have opportunities to work with each other through interactive sessions and projects. The program will not simply be a series of Zoom meetings, although there will be live events scheduled. Instead, we will construct an online learning environment that features design principles students can directly apply to their teaching experiences specifically for the humanities classroom.
Topics will include:
The following is a preview of scheduled live sessions. Please mark these live events on your calendar. All live sessions will be held on Zoom, at this link.
All times are listed in Eastern. See this time zone converter if you need help determining your local time.
We will publish a slate of daily self-paced activities by 8:00pm EDT each night. These materials will be found in the resource folder in the VGSWR Group (access at bottom of this page).
Dec 7, DAY 1 – TEACHING: WHY IT MATTERS
|11:00||Opening Session with Andy Mink||Zoom|
Welcome with Robert Newman
Passionate Teaching in a Research Environment with Andrea Williams
Breakout Discussion Groups #1: Introduction: Teaching to Transgress (12 pages; p. 1-12) and Chapter 1 “Engaged Pedagogy” (10 pages; p. 13-22)
Teaching Online in a Crisis While the World Explodes with Ada Palmer
Introduction to Creating and Facilitating Group Projects Online with Anne-Marie Womack
|Dec 8, DAY 2 – PREPARING FOR THE ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE CLASSROOM|
Lunch Circles: Vignettes of Teaching Undergraduates
Breakout Discussion Groups #2: Chapter 3 “Embracing Change: Teaching in a Multicultural World” (10 pages; p. 35-44) and Chapter 12 “Confronting Class in the Classroom” (13 pages; p. 177-89)
Universal Design in a Virtual Environment with Anne-Marie Womack
|Dec 9, DAY 3 – THRIVING AND SURVIVING IN THE ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE CLASSROOM|
Turns Out You Can Develop Community in a Zoom Classroom with Rachel Toor
Lunch Salon: The Rewards of Teaching at a HBCU with Yolanda Wilson
Breakout Discussion Groups #3: Chapter 10 “Building a Teaching Community: A Dialogue” (37 pages; p. 129-65)
Primer on Academic Copyright in the Digital Age with Will Cross
Do I need permission to include that historic photograph in my dream DH project?” “Who owns the slides I’m using to teach my course during the pandemic?” “What does that weird latin phrase in my last book contract mean?” Questions about copyright are everywhere for humanists. In this session we will review the fundamentals of copyright and explore questions about how the law supports your own work. Bring your tough questions and come ready to talk about your work!
Accessible Syllabus: Open Door Work Session with Anne-Marie Womack
We will be using Et-Al, a new virtual conferencing platform for this work session. An introduction to the tool is linked here.
|Dec 10, DAY 4 – THE RESPONSIVE CURRICULUM|
Building Community With Perusall: Engaging Readers in Fractious Times with Shawn Hill
This session will explore how to setup a class and add material to the social annotation tool, Perusall. We will look at how, while your students annotate text, video, images, and even podcasts, Perusall strengthens engagement and preparation. With Perusall, you never have to begin a class with the dreaded, “Any questions about the reading?” because with Perusall, you know.
What is Rigor in a First Generation Classroom with Erika Briesacher
Breakout Discussion Groups #4: Chapter 5 “Theory as Liberatory Practice” (17 pages; p. 59-75)
Decolonizing the Curriculum with Yohuru Williams
Rewriting the Curriculum with Christina Villerreal, UTEP
Dessert Hour Salon: Balance with Susanna Harris
|Dec 11, DAY 5 – THE CONNECTED CLASSROOM|
Ramp Up Student Thinking With Visual Notes: An Interactive Session with Wendi Pillars
OER in Higher Education with Stephanie Westcott
Open Educational Resources—openly licensed and free to students—provide broad pedagogical advantages beyond cost savings, including greater instructor flexibility and improved student outcomes. This workshop will explore the benefits of OER and offer a starting place for those who would like to move toward an open classroom without resource cost barriers.
Future Tense: NHC Fellowship Program with Matthew Booker
Final Thoughts & Next Steps with Andy Mink
Professor of History and Political Science, Worchester State University
Assistant Professor of English, University of Alabama
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s College
Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University
Founding CEO, PhD Balance
Instructional Technologist for Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy, Fordham University
Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor of English, Montclair State University
Vice President for Education Programs, National Humanities Center
President and Director, National Humanities Center
Associate Professor of Early Modern European History, University of Chicago
Professor of Creative Writing, Eastern Washington University
VIVA Open Coordinator, George Mason University
Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University; NHC Fellow 2017–18
Education Projects Manager, National Humanities Center
Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative, St. Thomas University
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Howard University; NHC Fellow 2019–20
Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas, El Paso
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