(I originally put this on moodle but realized it should have been a blog post – one of my challenges in this whole process is navigating all of the different tools!)
I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the links between hybrid pedagogy and feminist pedagogy from the readings and videos of this week. I love bell hooks’ book, Teaching to Transgress, and I developed my course “Gender and Popular Culture” in part from a video clip I heard from her:
The idea that teaching a more “open” course might lead students to feel more engaged and agentic is important to me.
I am thinking about the idea of having students create more material for each other (and perhaps the online world) in my Psychology of Women course, for example. (A class-developed textbook a la Robin DeRosa and class?) I also thought about how I have students in my stats classes give oral presentations of whatever test we are learning applied to a data set they work on in a group. I could instead have them produce videos where they explain the statistical test a bit and then present their data. These videos could be put online so there is more ownership. I think they would learn a lot more that way. I have had students produce powerpoints, blogs, and websites but they have never been shared beyond the class – I would like to find a way to share them more widely (but this will mean they need to be better products that will require more class time). Many ideas to think about!
But I also like the advice from Sean Michael Morris to try only one new thing in a course in a semester! I think it could be easy to adopt too many new tools/ideas at once.