Hey friends – I have an opportunity to pitch a new class and am looking for some ideas.
Here are the basics:
- Summer class
- Lower-division undergraduate
- in the School of Information
- Asynchronous, hosted in Canvas, but a few chat sessions/google hangouts in small groups over the semester
- Readings/viewings/listenings, I’m sure I’ll make a few jing videos
- I’m not sure if I want to do a final paper or project – I need to clarify my learning objectives first (you can help with this)
I want to teach it like I taught my FYS at my old place which used the guise of Women in Sitcoms to teach:
- Database searching
- Effective use of the libraries (LibGuides, keywords)
all that good library stuff
- feminist theory
- critical media studies
- categories of race/class/gender/sexuality and their representation in US culture
- US history
- how to be good at this whole college things
- awareness of campus resources
I have doubts that the sitcom class will fly under the INF title, and I’d need to beef it up from 1 credit to 3 credits. I don’t want to just do the library 101 without a hook topic though – I’m still working on that part. I also have the general model I used for the 9 billion one-shots I did – my menu of things that I adapted for class session time and topics. My concern is, that I’ll just repeat the stuff I’ve done (even though I think a good amount of it was useful) without pushing myself.
What I’d love to hear from you – if you were doing a semester-long class under the INF umbrella what concepts would you definitely include in your curriculum? Is there something you teach in your current one-shots or classes that you think I should include?
Hit me up in the comments, friends!