As teaching and learning has continued remotely into 2021, our series on materiality and embodiment in online teaching and learning addresses a potential challenge: How can online courses creatively center the material and embodied practices? We interviewed faculty and staff about their approaches, raising the following questions: What is the role of objects and the corporeal in the online learning process? How are the embodied practices of dance and the visual arts taught and experienced when instructors and students are unable to come together in a shared, in-person classroom space? What new pedagogical practices develop in the online context when physical objects, bodies and embodied practices are centered as sites of learning? A resource guide to incorporating the material, the embodied and the contemplative in online pedagogy accompanies our interview series.
Undesign the Redline: Virtual Pedagogy Workshop
Between June 21-24, the CEP will offer a virtual pedagogy workshop that revolves around the forthcoming exhibit, Undesign the Redline. This workshop will be designed to offer a core group of Barnard teacher-scholars with opportunities to learn about the substance of the exhibit and to collaborate with each other to develop ways to integrate different aspects of the exhibit into their courses. The CEP is particularly interested in bringing together a group of 8-10 faculty that are committed to exploring what a substantial incorporation of Undesign the Redline can look like in a variety of classes (lectures, seminars, practice-based courses, and more). Learn more here.
Repetition, Repair and Racial Trauma
The CEP and FYS invite Barnard faculty and instructors to an interactive workshop led by Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz titled "Repetition, Repair and Racial Trauma: Racial Literacy and the Archeology of Self in Affective Pedagogy." This workshop will take place Friday May 14, 12-1:30pm. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Sealey-Ruiz will share her Racial Literacy Development (RLD) framework, and discuss one of the major components—The Archaeology of the Self—as an approach to engaging the affective in the teaching and learning process.
Thinking Digitally Summer Institute 2021 (TDSI)
Co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Center, Center for Engaged Pedagogy, and IMATS. TDSI is a virtual, intensive institute for faculty to design assignments that critically engage with digital technologies. This multi-day institute includes one-on-one consultations, training in digital tools for the classroom, workshops on integrating digital assignments into your syllabus, and more! Learn more here.
Sustaining Curricula 2021
This spring, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy in partnership with the Sustainable Practices Committee invites you to four virtual sessions. These sessions are designed not only to support faculty in their efforts to integrate environment, sustainability and climate change into curricula, but also to think about interdisciplinary ways to structure collaboration across departments, e.g. funded, team-taught courses. Learn more here.
Accessibility Week 2021: Disability and Social Justice
A week of programming focused on dis/ability, accessibility and inclusion co-sponsored by the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS) and the Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP). Learn more here.
Facilitation Workshop Series
The CEP and the Digital Humanities Center co-led a virtual facilitation workshop series where faculty, students and staff could ask questions and develop strategies to facilitate events that promote cooperation and mutual respect, with a goal of community building and actively striving to ensure safety and security.
Beyond Content 2020: Restructuring Core Courses for Inclusion
Dec 15-16, 2020. A two-day lecture series featuring three scholars who apply innovative pedagogical practices to foster inclusion in three different fields. You can read more about each speaker and lecture below. Sessions include: The Education of the Whole Student, Centering Liberation in the Classroom: Intersectional and Decolonizing Reflections on our Pedagogical Praxis, and We Make the Road by Walking: Collective Art Activist Pedagogy. (Speakers: Bryan Dewsbury, María R. Scharrón-del Río, Dipti Desai). Read more here.
What’s Working Workshop
November 23, 2020. The CEP, FGP, and FDD present the “What’s Working Workshop,” a space for faculty members to debrief on and learn more about productive remote learning and hybrid teaching. During the first hour, faculty members will discuss remote learning strategies and brainstorm potential touch points for including in-person activities for Spring courses. During the second hour, we will offer a panel featuring faculty with HyFlex and hybrid teaching experience.
Institute on Antiracism
Over the course of AY 2020-2021, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy will host an institute on antiracism that is directed toward faculty. Throughout the institute, participants will read excerpts of foundational theories of race and racism, connect this scholarship to their own teaching through reflection and discussion with colleagues, and create and adapt antiracist strategies to design their courses, facilitate difficult discussions, and deliver content and assessment. Learn more here.
Navigating the Post-Election Classroom
FDD and CEP hosted a workshop on October 26th on "Navigating the Post-Election Classroom" for faculty. During the workshop, we will hear from colleagues from across the disciplines about their approaches to addressing the election and related issues in their classrooms. CEP staff will also speak to the kinds of questions and concerns students have this tumultuous moment and how they might look to their professors and classrooms for guidance. Accompanying resource guide here.
Barnard Antiracist Reading Group
The Barnard Antiracist Reading Group is intended to serve as a structured and intentional space for Barnard faculty to engage in antiracist work within the context of our disciplines and institutions. Each meeting will focus on two or three texts on antiracist pedagogy, broadly conceived, and allow participants to think through connections between foundational texts in the field, more recent scholarship from various disciplines, and their own classroom and institutional practices. Discussions will be framed and gently guided by facilitators, and discussion questions will be made available ahead of time to participants. Please contact Duygu Ula (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. Learn more here.
Faculty-Oriented Projects: 2019-2020
Summer Pedagogy Symposium
From July 13-17 2020, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy hosted a virtual, intensive Summer Pedagogy Symposium, an opportunity for Barnard faculty and staff to participate in pedagogical exploration, collaboration, and innovation, with a focus on adapting to different possible teaching scenarios for the upcoming fall semester. The Symposium covered topics such as maintaining student engagement in online courses, addressing racism in the classroom, creating inclusive and accessible learning experiences, utilizing digital tools and more. See all sessions at the event link. If you would like to access the recordings from the Symposium, please email email@example.com.
Curricular Design Institute
Over four days of synchronous workshops and eight days of asynchronous Canvas modules, faculty worked in learning communities of 6-7 faculty members to help each other adapt their syllabi for the Fall 2020 semester and all of the challenges and potential that it brings. Faculty reviewed student survey responses from the spring, learned about effective online course design and teaching strategies to address survey concerns about remote learning, and worked together to create new approaches that reinforce community, active learning, and content comprehension for the upcoming academic year.
Thinking Digitally Summer Institute
Co-hosted by the CEP, DHC, IMATS, BLAIS. 3-day virtual institute designed as a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous modules, the workshop will model methods of online pedagogy that support a combination of self-directed and group learning. Instructors will engage faculty participants in reflective discussion about digital pedagogy, best practices for online course engagement, and supporting students through the process of remote collaboration.
Brown Bag Book Club
In partnership with the Barnard Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, we host a brown bag book club for faculty and staff in Spring 2020. In this book club, participants read Rhonda V. Magee's The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness. Each week, participants meet and discuss sections from Magee’s book and engage in a guided meditation. The book club culminates in a special lecture and discussion by Rhonda Magee in April. Magee will facilitate a conversation on racial justice and mindfulness. The book club now meets virtually and we will be hosting Magee’s event over Zoom.
Beyond Content 2019: Restructuring Core Courses for Inclusion
At the end of the fall semester, the CEP hosted a lecture series titled "Beyond Content: Restructuring Core Courses for Inclusion" featuring three scholars who are invested in developing inclusive approaches to teaching in three different fields—the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The three speakers presented their work on inclusive pedagogy in their field for 45 minutes, followed by a 30-minute Q&A. Through a continuation of this lecture series, we intend to broaden what engaged pedagogy can look like for Barnard faculty across disciplines.
Speakers: Kimberly B. Rogers (Sociology, Dartmouth College), Brian Herrera (Theater, Princeton University), Luvell Anderson (Philosophy, Syracuse University)
The CEP, Digital Humanities Center (DHC), and the Media Center/IMATS hosted a Syllabus Hackathon for faculty interested in exploring how to incorporate digital thinking and digital projects into humanities courses. Inspired by the hackathon phenomenon as a mode of fostering digital innovation, creative problem-solving, and experimentation, we offered a series of workshops that guided faculty through different programs and technologies, as well as strategies to adapt courses for the "Thinking Digitally" GER or enhance existing courses with a digital project.
Sustaining Curricula 2020
The CEP is hosting cross-disciplinary learning communities for Barnard faculty centered on teaching environmental sustainability. Faculty from departments throughout the College come together on a monthly basis in Spring 2020 to share resources, ideas and scholarship on climate action and environmental sustainability. They engage in critical thinking and dialogue about the interdisciplinary possibilities for infusing their curricula.
Feel Well Do Well Lightning Sessions
In collaboration with Barnard’s Feel Well Do Well initiative, the CEP hosts lightning sessions for faculty to crowdsource the challenges and practices they use in their courses to support student well-being and learning. The goal of these sessions will be to create a guidebook with a set of strategies for Barnard faculty that promote students' well-being and deep academic engagemen
Accessible Environments and Inclusive Pedagogy
The CEP has also worked with CARDS to develop a workshop series on Creating Accessible Environments and produced an Inclusive Pedagogy workshop for new faculty.
Faculty Lunch on Trauma-informed Response in Academic Settings
Co-hosted by CEP, Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development & CEP. This lunch provided a space to discuss trauma-informed responses and other first day of class approaches among colleagues and the Furman Counseling Center.
Distance Learning Conversations A series of virtual group discussions in March designed for faculty, co-hosted by CEP, CARDS, IMATS, on following topics—Facilitating Productive Online Discussions, Rethinking Assignments, Rethinking Content Delivery, and Accessibility. Additionally, dedicated faculty clinic hours offered individual consultations for Canvas, Zoom, and online teaching technologies.
Student-Oriented Projects: 2020-2021
Student Learning Community: Centering, Burdening, and Student Experience in the Classroom (Summer B)
This learning community led by CEP Assistant Director Alex Pittman will focus on the following: How can faculty center students of color in the classroom without burdening them with teaching their experiences of racism to their colleagues? What are the varieties of centering and burdening that occur in higher education? Participating students will contribute to the culture of pedagogy at Barnard by collaboratively developing a set of strategies and recommendations that the CEP will store and distribute to faculty.
Senior Thesis Celebration 2021
The CEP hosted a thesis event to celebrate members of the Class of 2021and all their hard work this year! Featuring a series of long and short presentations from the graduating class on their theses/capstone projects. See flyer here.
ThirdSpace@ is a collaboration between Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership; the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Center for Engaged Pedagogy. It brings together Barnard students, experienced guides, and these three departments to have conversations and create meaningful change within our communities, whether that happens virtually, at Barnard, in New York City, or elsewhere. The programming focuses on how to alter our world for the better, in the context of three interconnected challenges. Throughout the year, members of the Barnard community will think through community safety measures that fail to keep all of us safe, inadequate economic safety nets, and access and participation gaps in education. Learn more here.
Time Management Workshop & Module for First Year Students
To support first year students in their transition to college and remote learning, the CEP, CARDS, Furman, and Beyond Barnard have collaborated on an asynchronous Courseworks module and synchronous workshop designed to support students' time management skills. The workshop and module are designed to help first year students reflect on their time management strategies and tackle their remaining assignments for the semester. Request access for the module here.
Barnard Bold Conference 2021: Fostering a Culture of Care, Challenge, and Equity
Started back in 2018, the Bold Conference is an annual event intended to facilitate conversations between faculty, staff, and students, with the intention of continuing to strengthen teaching and learning at Barnard College. This year, the Conference theme is Fostering a Culture of Care, Challenge, and Equity with three sessions (3-4:30pm EST on 2/5, 2/12, and 2/19) that center on compassionate teaching and learning, reevaluations of academic rigor and assessment, and engagement with racial equity and antiracism in the classroom. Read more here.
Access Barnard Workshops
In collaboration with Access Barnard, the CEP offered 3 virtual workshops for FLI students on the following topics: Time Management, Virtual Learning, and Building Relationships with Faculty.
Zoom Study Room
Looking for a more general study space? Emily Ndiokho, student worker at the CEP, holds a Zoomstudyroom open to students of any year or major on Sundays at 4pm EST. Sign up here.
Student-Oriented Projects: 2019-2020
Fail Forward Dinners
Centered on the idea of “failing forward,” this dinner series gives students a chance to hear from faculty about the challenges, failures, risks, and success that have led them to where they are today. The CEP planned five Fail Forward dinners in March and April. We converted most sessions to Zoom.
Student-led Virtual Coworking Sessions
The CEP offered co-working sessions on Zoom that all Barnard students were welcome to join. Sessions were hosted and facilitated by two undergraduate employees at the CEP—Kate and Liz— and were intended to be a space for students to write papers, do readings, and study quietly in the presence of others. A special session was dedicated to senior thesis writing.
Remote Learning Fellows
The CEP helped launch and manage the Spring 2020 Remote Learning Student Fellows programming from March-May 2020. Learning Fellows helped answer questions, brainstormed solutions to academic challenges students might be facing, and shared tips and strategies to support student learning. These include: Troubleshooting technology, offering best approaches to online participation/assignments/assessments, and more. Student Fellows hosted drop-in hours on Zoom every weekday.
Barnard Bold Conference 2020
In Spring 2020, the CEP provided administrative and financial support to the student-led Barnard Bold Conference. The second annual Bold Conference was a full-day event that focused on facilitating conversations between faculty, staff, and students, with the intention of continuing to strengthen teaching and learning at Barnard College.The Conference included four sessions that each addressed a particular area of interest related to pedagogy at Barnard: (1) Wellness, (2) Inclusion & Social Difference, (3) Accessibility, and (4) Affordability. Each session featured a panel of speakers or an interactive activity, accompanied by group discussion.
CEP Thesis Fridays
The CEP hosted weekly Thesis Fridays from 2-5pm, beginning February 28th with check-ins, goal setting, and snacks. Students had the opportunity to work individually on their theses alongside their peers.