The Serie Center and the Academic Technology staff have teamed up to provide extensive pedagogical and technological resources to help faculty prepare for the responsive and resilient teaching that will be required in 2020-2021. We also worked with Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) colleagues to help build the consortium-wide workshops that began on Monday, June 8th.
Our work this coming year, and always, must be maximally attentive to the contexts in which we are doing our work and in which students are learning and engaging at Macalester. The links below offer readings and other resources relevant to pedagogy and scholarship that we strongly recommend inform your teaching practice and your syllabus development. A recent piece by Sharon Ravitch on why we need a radical new mindset to teach through crisis offers five important principles of what she calls “flux pedagogy.”
ACM Summer Workshops and Resources
Re-thinking our courses to be attentive to context and to be intentional about goals and assignments can also help us build more equitable and inclusive classes. A significant principle of equity in educational settings involves revealing the hidden curriculum. Inclusive course design emphasizes student sense of belonging. Maximally accessible courses offer students multiple modes of engaging with course material and assignments. The ACM workshops, as well as the additional resources we’ve included in the links for each workshop topic, offer ways to reveal the hidden curriculum by being clear and transparent in your syllabus and assignment design, increase student sense of belonging and connection, and diversify assignment options. Below you’ll find links to recordings of the workshops (once available) and additional resources for each topic.
- Teaching and learning with care and hope: Ways of being with crisis, trauma and uncertainty in the classroom and beyond (June 8, 9:30-11am)
- The liberal arts mindset at a distance: Tactics for building a hybrid course and creating community (June 15, 9:30-11am)
- Creating a maximally responsive syllabus: Aligning learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment strategies (includes resources for condensing content for modules) (June 22, 9:30-11am)
- Developing effective assignments: Using multiple modes of engagement and assessment (June 29, 9:30-11am)
- Design your course *once* for multiple modalities (includes recommendations for teaching both in-person and remote students in the same class) (July 13, 9:30-11am)
- Designing hands-on/performance-based/community engagement experiences in remote learning environments (July 20, 9:30-11am)
- Open sessions to revisit previous topics (July 27, 9:30-11am)
- Engineering student collaboration and group work in remote and socially distanced learning environments (August 3, 9:30-11am)
The AIAs, the Serie Center, and the DLA team have developed a series of workshops and drop-in sessions to run in July and August, as well as asynchronous resources that will be available online. Links to join sessions via Zoom will be shared via cst-news. All sessions are accompanied by resources on the MacDigital website that you can access on your own time (you may also follow the hyperlinks below to each session’s corresponding post on MacDigital).
- Moodle basics: Thursday, July 9
- Moodle advanced: Thursday, July 9
- Digital projects: Thursday, July 16 (10-11:30 a.m.)
- Streaming and copyright: Wednesday, July 22 (10-11 a.m.)
- Zooming into fall with Hyflex: Thursday, July 23 (10-11:30 a.m.)
- Teaching writing (drop-in session): Friday, July 24 (10-11 a.m.)
- Tactile learning in a digital environment: Tuesday, July 28 (10-11:30 a.m.)
- Teaching writing (drop-in session): Wed, July 29 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
- How to use your tech kit (iPad, Apple pen, webcam, mic): Thursday, July 30 (10-11:30 a.m.)
- Librarian support and course instruction for Fall: Tuesday, August 4 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
- Systemic racism: Implications for inside and outside of the classroom: Wednesday, Aug 5 (1-2:30 p.m.)
- How to use your tech kit (reprise): Thursday, Aug 6 (10-11:30 a.m.)
- Annotation tools: Thursday, Aug 13 (10-11 a.m.)
- Accessible responsive teaching: Friday, Aug 14 (10-11:30 a.m.)
- Building community: Wednesday, August 19 (2:30-4 p.m.)
- Teaching and learning with care and hope (reprise for Macalester): Friday, Aug 21 (10-11:30 a.m.)
Critical Digital Pedagogy Resources
As part of an intensive two-week workshop in June, DLA Fellow Aisling Quigley, in collaboration with the DLA team and Serie Center, created a website dedicated to critical, digital, and hybrid pedagogies. The site’s syllabus follows the calendar for the June workshop, but course materials can be approached in any sequence and at any time; the curated set of topics and readings will remain available (and relevant) into the academic year and we strongly encourage you to access the site’s resources even if you did not participate in the workshop. Each page of site includes a summary of participant reflections and ideas on each topic, and you are also welcome to read Aisling’s overall summary of key themes that cut across topics.