Posts Categorized: what we’re reading

What We’re Reading: The Role of Higher Education in Institutional Racism

illustration by Clare Reid So many of us are doing rigorous individual work to become more effective antiracists in our relationships and in our courses. As we do so, we also need to examine the crucial role that institutions play in the perpetuation of racism. That includes institutions of higher education; we know that very… Read more »

What We’re Reading: An Antiracist-Science Reading List

illustration by Clare Reid I created a growing antiracist reading list because of a desire to be engaged in the movement for social equity and an end to institutionalized racism and violence. General anti-racist reading lists are helpful, but there is also a need to examine and challenge institutionalized racism in specific fields, and to… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Hybrid-Flexible Course Design

illustration by Clare Reid As we approach the Fall semester and keep hearing about potentially planning for a HyFlex teaching model, many of us are looking for a crash course on what a HyFlex model means for our course design. HyFlex—in its original conception—was designed for students who live on or close to campus. It… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Transparency Isn’t Spoon Feeding

illustration by Clare Reid I often talk to faculty about the importance of explaining what they’re looking for in the tests, papers, and projects they assign to students—and sometimes I get pushback. “Doesn’t that just give them the answers?” they ask. In other words, “Doesn’t that just amount to spoon feeding?” Well, as Balloo and… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Teaching Intersectionally

illustration by Clare Reid Whether we find ourselves in face-to-face classrooms or unexpectedly virtual ones, teaching well involves a lot of on-the-job, and frequently self-directed, training. Very few of us who teach in colleges and universities were given formal pedagogical instruction in our graduate programs. Fewer still were given any help thinking through the way… Read more »

What We’re Reading: 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos

illustration by Clare Reid Sometimes, it just isn’t possible to have synchronous class sessions with our students. Between bandwidth issues, time-zone challenges, and general questions of accessibility and even privacy, often asynchronous videos are a better option for both you and your students in an online course environment. However, while we may know how to… Read more »