Rock art from caves in Sulawesi, Indonesia

World Civilizations I

I currently teach World Civilizations I with the UB-SIM program in Singapore (see C.V. page for further details). The course covers world history from approximately 3500 BCE to 1500 CE and is a standard requirement for the program’s undergraduate students. The class is a fairly collaborative one – I contribute brief lectures and facilitate discussions, but students provide the bulk of the content as they converse about the assigned primary and secondary source readings for each class. The class also relies heavily on technology, making frequent use of Twitter and a Squarespace site/blog. Students have a high degree of control over what they share and who they share it with, so the course functions in part as a digital citizenship course, too.


Carta Marina, 1529.

Introduction to Geography

In Spring 2013, I taught Hist 106: Introduction to Geography at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ. The course was a hybrid class in two ways. It was technologically hybrid, meaning students attended a discussion/lecture once a week and participated in online activities throughout the week. It was also methodologically hybridized. I taught the class as a course on contemporary global issues through the lens of the major themes and concepts in human, cultural, and physical geography. These hybrid formats produced an energetic classroom setting in which students had multiple opportunities to connect course material to their personal experiences.


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