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Wabash Article: Online Classrooms as Porous Spaces

Article written by Katherine Turpin, Iliff School of Theology

Here is an except:

When we first move into online classroom spaces, we often miss the dynamic energy of gathered bodies in a familiar location. We lose the immediate gratification of watching in real time as new knowledge “clicks” for students in discussions and class activities. Online classrooms may initially feel sterile, artificial, and indistinguishable from one another in our learning management system.

With time and experience in teaching in online classrooms, we may begin to reconsider how a traditional residential classroom is also an artificial space…There is nothing “natural” about a classroom with 12-200 students in it all trying to learn the same things at the same time, regardless of their existing experience or knowledge. What feels “traditional” about this education is actually a factory model of education largely adopted during the industrial revolution for the sake of increasing access to and efficiency of education for the masses.

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Upcoming Webinars By The Wabash Center

Upcoming (Free) Webinars!
New Resources for Online Teaching

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the AAR is working to gather and disseminate resources to help instructors navigate the new challenges they’re facing. Below is information on two upcoming webinars geared toward teaching remotely. We encourage members to sign up and/or share in their own networks.

Engagement in the Online Classroom

Friday, April 3 (Today!)
3:30PM ET

If you’ve recently had to make the shift from face-to-face classes to online teaching, be sure to join Amy Hale and Brian Pennington of the AAR’s Teaching and Learning Committee for this free webinar on simple yet effective techniques for increasing engagement in the online classroom. And if you haven’t already, check out the committee’s collection of tips and articles on online teaching.

Register for Engagement in the Online Classroom

Religion, Public Health, and COVID-19: Tips and Tools for Teaching about Religion Remotely

Thursday, April 9
12:00PM ET

In this free webinar hosted by the Public Scholars Project, panelists will discuss how scholars of religion can share research about religion and public health, teach about religion remotely with fair grading options, manage tenure processes, and speak about religion and medicine with different publics. The webinar will include a presentation and extended Q&A.

Co-presenters include:

  • Lee H. Butler, distinguished service professor of theology and psychology at the Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Ellen Idler, director of Emory’s Religion and Public Health Collaborative
  • Pamela Klassen, professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto
  • Doug Oman, associate adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Phillis Isabella Sheppard, associate professor of religion, psychology, and culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School

Register for Religion, Public Health, and COVID-19