AHA Day #2: Panel on “Teaching the Survey”

I attended a panel this afternoon on “Teaching the Survey,” hosted by Professor Dane Kennedy of George Washington University.  The three papers for the session were:

14 Weeks for 1700 Years, 14 Weeks for 500 Years—Teaching Western Civilization
Natalie Kimbrough, Community College of Baltimore County

Teaching the Survey in World History
Kevin Reilly, Raritan Valley Community College

Internationalizing the U.S. History Survey (Some Practical Applications)
Cheryll Ann Cody, Houston Community College-West Loop Campus

While there I was live-tweeting the presenters’ arguments and responses to questions. I have collected all the relevant tweets below from first to last, for shits and giggles:

  • Going to the Teaching the Survey panel at the #AHA2011. Might tweet some thoughts as it goes… | link
  • Problems w/ teaching West Civ: student engagement, admin requirements (assessment!), student know. based on movies (Spartacus!) #AHA2011 | link
  • Now watching YouTube videos: The World History Song and A Brief History of the World #AHA2011 | link
  • Her point is to use amusing and/or online resources to engage students; engendering reaction is key. #AHA2011 | link
  • Use of group work to identify people or places helps engagement & encourages idea exchange. #AHA2011 | link
  • We are now playing Hangman; point is don’t underestimate the use of games to engage. #AHA2011 | link
  • Kevin Reilly now on world HST survey: argues for earlier models of teaching world Civ courses that teach peeps 2 think historically #AHA2011 | link
  • Topical, problem-solving, civics based approach instead of just teaching a narrative in world HST. #AHA2011 | link
  • Reilly has now gone off on a discourse about HST of west Civ and world HST courses. Just talking, no paper reading. #AHA2011 | link
  • Intro world course shouldn’t be a content narrative model; instead a problem-based approach based around particular readings. #AHA2011 | link
  • 3rd paper: Internationalizing US survey – Use of geography/map quizzes to ground students in sense of place. #AHA2011 | link
  • Map assignments use both US and World geography approach, plus use of CIA World Factbook. #AHA2011 | link
  • Focus on comparisons & perspectives to internationalize US survey. #AHA2011 | link
  • 3rd presenter is going a bit long. Historians are never succinct. Let’s get to questions! #AHA2011 | link
  • Ooo, @lemont, she’s showing Virtual Jamestown clip w/ archaeology dig. And now have 1st tech snafu as bluegrass music won’t stop! #AHA2011 | link
  • Wanna bet none of the assignment PDFs & slides from this panel are available online? Stop showing PDFs I can’t read from here. #AHA2011 | link
  • Reilly is not really answering question on what we should not be doing in the survey courses. Be specific. #AHA2011 | link
  • Question: do we need to train students in new way of thinking, e.g. shifting units of analysis, to do your approach? Reilly: Yes. #AHA2011 | link
  • Question: break US survey at a different point, say 1848, in context of Internationalizing survey? Presenter 3 blows it off. #AHA2011 | link


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