Teaching with Edge Effects

Are you using Edge Effects to enrich your teaching? We want to showcase how you integrate Edge Effects articles and podcasts into your classroom discussions, activities, and syllabi. We welcome submissions from instructors at universities, colleges, community colleges, high schools, and in educational settings such as prisons and summer enrichment programs. Consider submitting today!

Our goal is to make interdisciplinary pedagogical content easy for others to share and use, so materials will be available to download and view online. We’ll be sure to give you full credit for your submission(s). Please direct questions to Nicolle Etchart or Addie Hopes.

We’re currently looking for:

Activities and Assignments: An activity, exercise, or assignment that uses one or more Edge Effects pieces to engage learners. In addition, please include a brief guide (300 words max) for implementing it in the classroom—whether that classroom is indoors or out! Feel free to offer any tips, tweaks, and suggestions for instructors.

Syllabi & Source Constellations: A list of sources (e.g., academic articles, art, music, stories, poetry, public scholarship, archival texts) that you’ve taught alongside an Edge Effects article or podcast. In addition, please include a short explanation (300 words max) of the course and your goals for curating this constellation. We’re open to including entire course syllabi as well as source lists for a specific unit or week of your course.

Discussion Questions: A short list of discussion questions that you’ve successfully used to foster conversation about an Edge Effects piece and the topic(s) it addresses. In addition, please include a brief explanation (300 words max) of how you asked students to respond to these questions (e.g., in individual free writes, small groups or breakout rooms, popcorn share, whole-class group discussion, or other methods). Feel free to offer any notes, tips, and suggestions for instructors.

Pedagogical Reflections: If you’ve used Edge Effects in the classroom, we’d love to hear what worked, what didn’t work as well as you hoped, and how the inclusion of public-facing scholarship has—or hasn’t—encouraged your students to engage with complex topics in meaningful ways. Please limit your reflection to 750 words.

Guidelines: Your submission should include your full name, the course title, and a complete bibliography of all cited sources. Please adhere to the stated word limits. If you would like to propose a pedagogical activity with a guide that surpasses the word limit—or if you’d like to submit an annotated syllabus, a longform pedagogical reflection (~2000 words), or a gallery of student work that might interest Edge Effects audiences—feel free to send us a pitch for general submission.

Show us what you’ve got! We’re excited to learn from you! If you have any questions or would like more information about the guidelines, please contact Nicolle Etchart or Addie Hopes.

Featured image: Photo from Pixabay, 2018.