In this episode we focus on what we’re learning about learning from the pandemic and racial reckoning, and, more specifically, on what students need as they transition back to in person learning in the fall. While a lot is unknown, we do know that we can’t return to business as usual. As award-winning author and activist Sonya Renee Taylor put it, “We will not go back to normal. […] We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”
Featuring faculty and staff who build awareness of best practices and advocate for students with disabilities, this episode focuses on accessibility and practices that meet the needs of all learners. While we learn that there are more students with learning disabilities or differences, or other forms of ‘neurodivergence,’ than many faculty assume, these ideas also provide ways to meet the new normal where we all need some flexibility! Tune in for helpful info and strategies on how to design your courses and policies to support all the learners in your course.
In this episode, GU History professor Adam Rothman talks with us about his work with the history of slavery at Georgetown while drawing on his teaching and research on U.S. history from the Revolution to the Civil War as well as the history of slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world. As the principal curator of the Georgetown Slavery Archive — a repository of materials relating to the Maryland Jesuits, Georgetown University, and slavery, Rothman also shares why it’s important for faculty and students to know and grapple with the history of their own institutions.
This two-part episode features conversations among faculty at Georgetown University about some of the most pressing challenges they faced while teaching during the Fall 2021 semester. Part I features three faculty who discuss ways in which they fostered inclusivity and equity in their classes by leveraging technology and other strategies. In Part II, five faculty share assessment strategies that they used for reducing student stress and anxiety among their students.
During this pandemic, faculty and students alike have had to continually pivot between virtual and in-person learning. This has caused much stress — for students who have to miss class due to contraction or exposure and for faculty, who are struggling to find ways to teach students who cannot physically be there. One solution is for faculty to teach to students in person and over Zoom simultaneously. This can be daunting, but it really is doable! In this episode you’ll hear from three faculty and one of their TAs who will share their insights about how to prepare, deliver, and problem-solve in the hybrid classroom.