41. Welcome Back w/ Katie & Dan

It’s a new semester and a new year! In Episode 41, Katie and Dan discuss their goals for their teaching and the podcast in 2021.

People Mentioned in the Episode

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“We’re doing more than just teaching now. Our courses are these little microcosms…We have to take more control over developing very specific experiences.” @ddissinger

“We need to be open minded going into 2021.” @ddissinger

“I think it’s important to invite our students into the process and to give them ownership in the class and to really collaborate with them.” @KatieARobison

“I like talking about what’s happening in the current moment…really trying to make the class feel relevant for them and use it as a way to help make sense of what’s going on around them.” @KatieARobison

“Every single day I felt like in the semester was totally different. There was a new challenge. There was a new way to approach writing. There was a new question. There was a new crisis to confront.” @ddissinger

“I think being online has…challenged me in ways that have made me a better professor…It showed me much more in black and white what’s worked and what hasn’t in my pedagogy.” @ddissinger

“We now are teaching in a 21st century mode.” @ddissinger

“The need for empathy and compassion is going to remain crucial.” @KatieARobison

“Our lives are online…I think digital media literacy is really important and that’s something I try to make a big part of my class and will continue to do.” @KatieARobison

“[We need to ask ourselves] what is the new reality we’re in and what needs to change in order to reflect that in our curriculum?” @KatieARobison

“What I love about the podcast is that it feels like this living project.” @KatieARobison

“I think one of the aims of our podcast is really to make these kinds of conversations that we’re having within the university accessible and available to people outside the university, and then at the same time invite other people in and hear their perspectives so it’s not just like we’re stuck up in the ivory tower, trapped in an echo chamber. We want to broaden that discussion, that conversation.” @KatieARobison

“The space that a podcast opens up is a collaborative, networking type of hybrid space where different types of academic worlds collide.” @ddissinger

“We can come together and put aside differences to understand what our job is, and that is to create a meaningful academic experience, and humane experience, for our students and each other.” @ddissinger

This episode was recorded on January 1, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.

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