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The COVID-19 crisis thrust the academy into teaching online. In this episode, we talk to three colleagues with expertise in online pedagogy.
Matthew Rafalow is a social scientist at Google who earned his doctorate in sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He is an ethnographer who specializes in human-machine interactions, and currently leads a research program on streaming experiences at Google.
Stephanie Medley-Rath is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indiana University Kokomo, and is incoming Chair of the ASA’s Section of Teaching and Learning in Sociology.
Derek Silva is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at King’s University College. He has a forthcoming article in Teaching Sociology on the use of podcasts in pedagogy, and hosts the podcast What’s That Noise?
Today, we discuss his recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “Go Ahead, Drop My Course“, which discusses the professional philosophy of dealing with students who aren’t interested in sociology or college.
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We discuss the ethics of assigning books and rewarding social media follows in your classes. The topic is discussed through the case of Mitchell Huynh, an adjunct instruction from a University of Toronto finance department who gives his students credit for following him on social media, buying his textbook, and having him autograph it.
Today, we meet the gang from a great teaching-oriented sociology podcast, The Social Breakdown, and the three University of Hawaii sociologists who developed it: Ellen Meiser, Penn Patumsinchai, and Omar Bird. We talk about their show, and academic podcasting more generally.
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Today, we meet Yingyi Ma from Syracuse University. Yingyi recently published Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education with Columbia University Press. We discuss the challenges facing college students from China, and how to create learning environments that can help them succeed.
Today, we talk to Seth Abrutyn from the University of British Columbia. Seth teaches graduate classical theory in UBC’s sociology program, and recently caught attention on Twitter for his views about the role of classical sociology in the contemporary sociology graduate curriculum. He published a blog post on the topic here.
A Penn law professor comments that black students perform poorly. What are we to make of it?
We discuss the case of Lawrence Rosen, who sparked controversy by using N-word in a class on hate speech.
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