Wrapping Up the Semester

Another semester is staggering to a close, and here we are buried in papers, projects, presentations, exams, and whatever else our January selves thought was a good idea to assign. My own January self thought that an essay assignment in the second week of April seemed like a reasonble idea, so my later-April self is now paying the price. 

As we wrap up the Spring and look forward to summer, and eventually the Fall semester, here are some noteworthy teaching and learning pieces that have come across my listservs, blog reading, and various publications. They’re offered here so that they might serve as good food for thought (once we’re sufficiently recovered from the end-of-semester chaos, that is).

If you haven’t seen the University of Michigan student-crowdsourced “Being Not Rich at UM,” it is well worth a look. Eye-opening, to say the least, and something I suspect would resonate with many of our students at GV.

Paul Corrigan, in a post at the MLA’s Humanities Commons, uses literature as a lens to critique the “decline of the humanities” narrative: “Whether Wit or Wisdom: Resisting the Decline of the Humanities from Within.”

Donald Yacovone has a new essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Scholars Sustained White Supremacy,” that is both a warning and a challenge. He primarily addresses scholarship in History, but the insights about how “established wisdom” in the professoriate can exacerbate social ills are salient points for any academic.

This Hybrid Pedagogy piece, authored by Lesley Bayers and Eileen Camfield, is a sobering examination of “student-shaming” behavior by instructors and the damage it does to learning. Their discussion of alternative ethics and the need for “academic empathy” is well worth pondering. “Student Shaming and the Need for Academic Empathy.”

Finally, Jason B. Jones has collected several excellent resources on Accessibility and Inclusive Design in his latest entry for the Profhacker blog.

Speaking of Inclusive Design, make plans to join us at the 2018 Summer Institute, “(Re)Designing for Student Success.” You can find session descriptions and a registration link by clicking HERE. [MyView link; username and password may be required.]

Have a great end to the semester!

If you’d like to follow up on any of the topics in this post, or if there’s any other way CETL can be of service, please contact us by clicking here or emailing Kevin at kgannon@grandview.edu.

Finally, if you weren’t at the NAIA Men’s Volleyball championship match to see the Vikings win it all, here’s the final point. Congratulations to Coach Cruz and the Men’s Volleyball team!




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