Topics and course materials

This is an evolving and emerging list. Please check back often. Tweet suggestions to #gedivt or mention @gedivt

General Reminders about posting:

You need to post at least 6 times during the semester. There are eight posting opportunities during the semester. You are welcome to post more often, of course. The prompt for the week will be on the GEDI Central section of the front page.

Everyone needs to post for the first two weeks

Posts are due by midnight Sunday. Posts submitted on time will be available in the “weekly posts” section of the front page Monday morning.

General Reminders about commenting:

You need to comment on at least three posts for all eight posting opportunities. That means a minimum of 24 comments over the term. You need to read and comment on posts even on the weeks you don’t post yourself.

Comments are due before class begins on Wednesday.

Week 1 (1/17): Learning Community Welcome

  *Fri. (1/19): Set-up Blog and Post URL here by 5pm

Week 2 (1/24): Networked Learning (post — everyone)

Week 3 (1/31): Engaging the Imaginations of Digital Learners (post — everyone)

Week 4 (2/7) Anti-Teaching / Mindful Learning (post)

Week 5 (2/14) Assessment (post)

Week 6 (2/21) Discovering your Authentic Teaching Self (post)

Guest: Dr. Kwame Harrison, Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology

Week 7 (2/28) Designing a Learner-Centered Syllabus

Due: Syllabus Draft

Spring Break

Week 8 (3/14) Inclusive Pedagogy (post)

Materials and references from previous GEDI courses here


Week 9 (3/21) – Class Canceled

Attention and Multi-Tasking Resources (for your reference)

 Optional Reading:

Week 10 (3/28) Critical Pedagogy (Jigsaw session: post-during class)

  • Shelli Fowler, “Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy” (Canvas) (everyone)
  • bell hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking – Intro (Canvas) (everyone)

Jigsaw Pieces — only read the selection that corresponds to your number in the group:

  1. Joe L. Kinchloe, “Paulo Freire (1921-1997)” in The Critical Pedagogy Primer (2004), pp. 69-75 (Requires VT Library Log-in. Navigate to correct pages in the ebook)
  2. Joe L. Kinchloe, “Moving to Critical Complexity,” in The Critical Pedagogy Primer (2004), pp. 108-110 (Requires VT Library Log-in. Navigate to correct pages in the ebook)
  3. Paulo Freire, “The Banking Concept of Education,” Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ch. 2, pp. 71-86
  4. Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom, Ch. 2, pp. 29-37 Missing pp. 33-34.  But complete excerpt is here. Start on p. 9 and read these sections: There is no Teaching without Learning, Methodological Rigor, Research, Respect for What Students Know 
  5. hooks, Critical Thinking (canvas)
  6. hooks, Democratic Education (canvas)
  7. hooks, Engaged Pedagogy (canvas)

Optional: Paulo Freire, Short Video on Curiosity

Optional: June Jordon, Report from the Bahamas, 1982(Requires VT library Log-in); also here.


Week 11 (4/4) Diversity Statements

Guest: Dr. Christian Matheis, Director, Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives – Graduate School

Due: Diversity Statement Drafts

Week 12 (4/11) Formulating Your Teaching Philosophy

Due: Teaching Philosophy Draft

Week 13 (4/18) Problem-Based Learning

Module developed with Alex Noble and Greg Purdy

Due: PBL Case-Study Draft

Week 14 (4/25) Teaching for the 21st Century — Connecting the Dots (post)

Week 15 (5/2) Final Meeting

Due: Dear Dr. Nelson Letter and Finished Portfolio