Pedagogy…online

…in a pandemic. Requires some flexibility! There are by now doubtless thousands of reflections on what it means, and how it’s working to transition much formerly in-person teaching into hybrid or fully online modalities. I’m part of the many that are doing this–teaching my first fully online semester as we speak. And my students are for the most part enrolled in their first fully online class with me. We have been ironing out the details of what good teaching and learning looks like in this space and they are, for the most part, very patient with me. It’s a steep learning curve for all of us, even though I’ve been teaching online community workshops since June. The shape of a semester course, and the demands of its several-month-long arc, mean that this is still a new beast.

However, it is new in some of the same ways that all semester courses are new. It’s a new set of students, and we are all encountering the material afresh, even me. It’s a different year, a different politics, a different time in my life than the last time I taught an Introductory course in Anthropology. And though I’ve always had a lot to say about everything, I’ve gained confidence and grounding in myself as an engaged anthropologist teaching anthropology.

I’m glad to get to engage with the students of AN109b at St. Michael’s College this fall. They’re smart, funny, and concerned with figuring out how to be their best selves in a weird, weird world. Thanks to them, this syllabus is better than it would have been otherwise. Feel free to peruse, interrogate, and converse about it. Introduction to Anthropology Fall 2020 Syllabus