Silver Linings: Lessons Learned from Teaching during the Pandemic
Thursday, September 30, 2021 and Friday, October 1, 2021
This past year required unprecedented determination and creativity on the part of faculty, students, and staff to keep going with the essential work of teaching and learning. Now, we want to both honor and reflect on the important work that faculty, in particular, have been doing and ask: What are the lessons from COVID-19 teaching and learning that we can carry forward? What innovations will “stick” in the future?
This fall, the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation will host a faculty showcase, Silver Linings: Lessons Learned from Teaching during the Pandemic. Faculty, individually and with colleagues, will share challenges, triumphs, lessons learned, and new approaches for supporting quality teaching and learning. Sessions will explore novel instructional approaches, active learning pedagogies, student engagement practices, assessment techniques, communication strategies, and faculty-staff and faculty-student partnerships.
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Virtual sessions with possible face-to-face gatherings on Thursday evening.
September 30 - October 1, 2021
Kevin Gannon is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and a Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he has taught since 2004. He is a former program coordinator (New Student Seminar) and department chair, and his current role is a blend of administrative and faculty responsibilities.
His teaching, research, and public work (including writing) centers on critical and inclusive pedagogy; race, history, and justice; and technology and teaching. His 2020 book, Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, was published by West Virginia University Press as part of their Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series. In that book, Gannon invites readers to approach the contemporary university’s manifold problems as opportunities for critical engagement, arguing that, when done effectively, teaching is by definition emancipatory and hopeful.
Gannon is currently writing a textbook for Routledge on the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction eras that is grounded in settler-colonial theory. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, which was directed by Ava DuVernay. He writes for Vitae (a section of The Chronicle of Higher Education), and his essays on higher education have also been published in Vox and other media outlets.
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