Engaging Students on Issues of Gender & Crime

23 05 2013

I recently served as guest blogger for the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women in Crime. In this (short) post, I explain how I use popular music to get students talking about portrayals of domestic violence in popular culture:



Enhancing the Classroom Experience

17 10 2012

Last month, I spoke to a group of our faculty about using Facebook for teaching. You can view my class page here, which contains posts relevant to my topic. Students can earn participation points for posting in my classes, and many remain “fans” of the page long after the course is over.

I’ll be speaking in late October at MSU about the “Flipped Classroom“, in which the traditional lecture model is abandoned in favor of hands-on learning. Rather than using class time for lecture, students come to class having completed pre-class activities (the reverse of homework). Class time becomes available for students to work collaboratively or independently on projects, with the instructors providing help as needed.

Finally, I’m assisting with several faculty efforts developing new courses using the backward design model. Instructors interested in this topic might want to review the following books:

Creating Significant Learning Experiences, by L. Dee Fink

Understanding by Design, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

ISS325: War and Revolution

21 04 2011

I had a lovely time earlier this week at the award ceremony for the AT&T Instructional Technology Awards. Thanks to AT&T for providing the funds for this recognition–it’s always so exciting to see how instructors from around campus use technology to enhance learning.

My submission video can be viewed on the AT&T awards site.

Thanks also to MSU’s Virtual University Design & Technology group–it’s great to have such supportive people on campus!

AT&T Instructional Technology Award

6 04 2011

I’m so pleased to have received “honorable mention” in the 2011 AT&T Award Competition in Instructional Technology for my ISS325 course (“War & Revolution: The Criminology of Genocide”).

The awards will be official announced here: http://att-awards.msu.edu/