Keep Your Arms and Legs Inside the Lecture at All Times

Approximately 72 hours before my first lecture of my new American Crises module, I decided to abandon the twelve PowerPoint presentations I had already created in favour of an experiment with Prezi, a flash-based presentation platform. After composing and delivering eight lectures, I am ready to offer my initial thoughts. What’s the Difference? Unlike PowerPoint, […]

Enlightened Self-Interest; or, Why I Record my Lectures

As another term begins, sticky issues of ethics and efficiency reassert themselves on my worried mind. This is the first year that students are matriculating under the new fee-structure in England and Wales and the fine line between teacher and commercial purveyor of intellectual goods is becoming¬†increasingly¬†blurred–or so we have been told. ‘They will expect […]

The United States in Thirty Hours

Can a US History survey module be taught in a single semester? A quick internet search seems to suggest that the answer is no; throughout the Anglophone world, the year-long, bifurcated survey predominates. US History 1 and US History 2, American History to 1865 and American History since 1865. So prevalent is this trend that […]

Walking the Line, part 2: Authority

When I began working as a postgraduate tutor (graduate teaching assistant or TA to my international colleagues) I was terrified that I would lack that intrinsic authority that all my professors had appeared to have so effortlessly. My undergraduate advisor was a woman who exuded confidence and my MA supervisor spoke at least ten languages […]

Walking the Line, part 1.5: Exhaustion

Yesterday’s post was meant to explore the role of authority in HE teaching. As you may have noticed, there was no post yesterday. This is due to exhaustion.I love teaching, and I am very fortunate that I am teaching subjects and themes that complement my current research. Not all teaching fellows are as lucky as […]

Panic is Not an Option, or, How to Write a Lecture

Over the past six years I have been teaching on an hourly-based contract. My ‘day-job’ has varied over the years (mainly being a PhD student and then acting as an educational developer for the History Subject Centre). ‘My night and weekend job’ was generally researching or writing up research for scholarly publication. This year, I […]

Dragon Dictation and Podcast Accessibility

A few months ago I began a project to create an online module on pedagogic practice in higher education history. Primarily based upon two of my workshops, Teaching as a Postgraduate Researcher and Teaching as an Early Career Historian, I naively believed that the course would essentially write itself.Over the next few weeks, I am […]