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    World Music YouTube Culture Show

    Dr. Michael Heller created this project for a World Music Class for International Students taught at University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Students were encouraged to develop traditional academic skills and new media skills in this World Music YouTube Culture Show Project, by incorporating written word, public speaking, and storytelling tools like Zeega, Powerpoint, or Meograph in this project.

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    Thesis Statement Peer Review

    How do you craft a good thesis statement? In this activity, students work together to refine their ideas and put together possible evidence for different topics. The purpose is to teach students how to connect their thesis statement with the rest of their paper, and to revise the two in tandem (start with a draft thesis, bring some evidence together, revise the thesis to better reflect the evidence, revise the evidence to better fit the thesis, etc.)... Read more about Thesis Statement Peer Review

    Equitable Academic Discussion Routines

    This activity follows an adjustable sequence of steps and rules for engagement to ensure that all students, even in large classes, are able to find each session clear, accessible, rigorous, and relevant and to feel that the classroom culture offers them an equal opportunity to speak. As part of these routines, hands are never immediately called on when the instructor asks a question. Instead, all students are expected to develop an answer and then collaborate with their peers to develop a group answer, and a representative from each group shares the group’s response. Rules for engagement, explicit criteria for meeting and exceeding expectations, and transparent discussion routines ensure that all students can access the discussion and be optimally challenged during class.

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    Religion & Climate Simulation

     

    A three day simulation of the Parliament of World Religions teaches students about the role of faith groups in addressing climate change.

    Goals:

    • to provide an opportunity to study religious teachings related to nature and the environment
    • to investigate ways these teachings might contribute to practical policies and actions by persons and communities of faith in the face of destructive climate change
    • to intensify the learning experience by simulating the work of delegates to a real world...
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    Buzz Groups

    In her class "France and the World: Human Rights, Race, and Revolution," Rachel Gillett had small groups work on different questions in order to stimulate discussion.... Read more about Buzz Groups