In this follow-up to Episode 10, we reflect with Dr. Mark Marino on the shape of the semester and the challenges and opportunities presented by the move to remote learning. Once again, Mark thoughtfully (and hilariously) walks us through some of his creative strategies for navigating online spaces and illuminates what instructors can learn from collaborative role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and that defining educational text of our generation, Harry Potter.
After listening, be sure to check out the “Zoom Room” variety show, @quarantinecantina2020 on Instagram, and Mark’s “End of Class Message” to his students.
Links and Texts Mentioned in the Episode
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- HASTAC, founded by Cathy Davidson
- Brandon Lee Mulligan on being a good Dungeon Master
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
- Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Mary Oliver
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
“Here is another opportunity where I can be a positive force in my students’ lives. I can be a sympathetic force in my students’ lives…I can be more intentional about the whole thing.” @MCMarino_KidsTweet
“So much of our class is based on what happens in the moment with co-presence…I’m kind of glad it’s hard to just magically change that.” @MCMarino_KidsTweet
“The great dungeon masters know that your job is not to try to kill the adventurers, nor is it to serve them gold; it is to give them challenges in an environment where they feel comfortable and safe to try creatively to struggle with those challenges and then to come up with a solution that the person who gave them the challenge may never have thought of…I think there’s a lesson for us in there.” @MCMarino_KidsTweet
“Is it worth continuing to rehearse the things that I was told were important, or is this an opportunity to rediscover the things I deeply know to be important?” @MCMarino_KidsTweet
This episode was recorded on May 12. Please be aware that, because we recorded via Zoom, there are occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @writingremixpod.