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Teaching Sensitive Content in a Remote Environment

August 21, 2020

Dimitar Gueorguiev, Syracuse University; Xiaobo Lü, University of Texas at Austin; Kerry Ratigan, Amherst College; Meg Rithmire, Harvard University; Rory Truex, Princeton University A longer version of the following statement is available on ChinaFile On June 30, 2020, the Chinese National People’s Congress passed the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL). The law empowers government…

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Does Your Online Course Perpetuate Institutional Discrimination?

August 21, 2020

Veronica Reyna, Associate Chair, Houston Community College Not me.  Not in my course.  I protest, sign petitions, and even teach about injustice!   Sound familiar?  Many of us would never believe that we could unknowingly participate in that horrid phrase “institutional discrimination,” but how many of us have thought about how institutional discrimination occurs in the…

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Creating Online Classroom Community in a Divisive Political Climate

August 12, 2020

Julie L. Mueller, Ph.D., Southern Maine Community College Eric Loepp, Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Jane E. Frisch, M.S., Clinical and Counseling Psychology As institutions of higher education struggle to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, professors are considering how to move their classes online in a way that will continue to provide a high-quality experience for students….

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Using Virtual Gallery Walks to Build Community in Online Classes

August 6, 2020

Charity Butcher, Professor of Political Science, Kennesaw State University Building community within the classroom is always important for enhanced student learning. It helps students feel more comfortable expressing themselves and sharing their views and it encourages students to reach out with their questions. We all use a variety of techniques to help bring our students…

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Avoiding the Scramble – Setting up your fall classes for a last-minute online transition without the headache

August 4, 2020

Malliga Och, Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Idaho State University Lydia Wilkes, Assistant Professor of English, Idaho State University This spring is still marked in the memory of many faculty who scrambled to move their face to face classes online amidst a fast-moving pandemic. While many of us will start the semester in the classroom,…

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Building Community Online

August 4, 2020

Danielle Hanley, Lecturer, Rutgers University As I look back on Spring 2020, and forward towards the fall, I worry about building and sustaining community in our online classroom. In the scramble to retool my courses to fit the emergency online format this spring, my mantra, for myself and for my students, was to manage. I…

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Communicating to Build Rapport with Online Students

August 4, 2020

Rebecca A. Glazier, political science professor in the School of Public Affairs, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Teaching and learning online is hard. There is an inherent distance to the medium that makes it difficult to connect and establish meaningful human relationships. In my own research, I have found that building rapport with online…

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Why Political Scientists Should Embrace Multi-Method Grading

August 4, 2020

Stefan Kehlenbach, PhD candidate, University of California, Riverside. As political scientists, we are trained to understand and utilize a wide range of methodologies in our own personal research. In both our graduate training and in our work at large, we use a vast array of different methodologies in our search for knowledge. We use not…

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Pandemic Education: What incoming first-years want from professors

August 3, 2020

How are incoming freshman thinking about online education? James M. Quirk and James P. Quirk asked incoming freshman across the country and shared their findings here.

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