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ACERT hub for distance learning resources

I hope everyone is hanging in there. It’s been a minute. I wanted to share with you a wonderful resource created by newly minted ACERT director Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages): Dropbox No Description It’s a grab-bag of links, videos, … Continue reading

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engaging students semi-synchronously: the “puzzle” approach

After listening to Donna Masini and others in our faculty meeting this week, I’ve been thinking about how to hang onto the dynamism of synchronous discussion while getting away from my droning at everyone or even being the emcee at … Continue reading

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survey results are in…

I’ve doubled down this term on something I’ve done sporadically in my face to face teaching: surveying students online. It’s a good idea for lots of things: figuring out what they know, taking the temperature on work load, etc. I’m … Continue reading

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Tips for Students: Distance Learning in the time of COVID-19

Just a quick share of a splendid collection of tips and resources for students amid the Covid pandemic. It provides constructive ideas for everything from individual self-care to study skills for courses to links to CUNY- and city-wide resources for … Continue reading

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first day gambit

I’m sure we all have a portfolio of first-day shtick to ease the transition for students and help us learn names. But this is tougher in a virtual environment. Standing on the shoulders of i fabbri migliori like our own … Continue reading

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Zoom guidelines for students

Real quick-like, I wanted to share a one-pager I created for my students on how to Zoom effectively. Here goes, and here’s a link to the document: feel free to steal or adapt.   Zoom Discussion Guidelines We will do … Continue reading

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Need an onramp? The GC has an onramp…

Many of us are scrambling to figure out the fully online mode of teaching now. Whatever we might have done in March (and I was away, myself), it wasn’t likely to represent our most, ahhh, composed and planful pedagogy. There … Continue reading

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Austerity Blues

As you may have noticed, all of CUNY is operating on a shoestring these days. Barefoot, even. That means that we’ve lost funding for a Director of Undergraduate Studies position and thus have no one to mind this particular store. … Continue reading

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There is no Being, just the Deed

For those of us with a creeping sense of being cast on the wheel of fortune, our colleague A.W. Strouse offers a welcome tonic in Gender Trouble Couplets: Volume 1. Inspired by the once-maligned form of medieval versified encyclopedias, Gender … Continue reading

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In the news, but not of the news

In his recent essay “William Wordsworth Saves the Internet,” our colleague Fiore Sireci shows the value of public humanities for cultural criticism. Sireci works at the intersection of Romanticist literary criticism, book history, and the digital humanities to show us … Continue reading

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