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Wanna Play? Creative Strategies for Teaching Pop Culture

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This presentation happened at the Northeast Popular Culture Association annual conference in October, 2017. The presentation focuses on different creative and useful strategies for creating and running a course on popular culture, using student choice, open educational resources, and creative prompts.

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Wanna Play? Creative Strategies for Teaching Pop Culture

  1. 1. Wanna Play? Creative Strategies for Teaching Pop Culture Lance Eaton Brandeis University North Shore Community College leaton01@brandeis.edu @leaton01 http://www.ByAnyOtherNerd.com https://goo.gl/bss4Jc
  2. 2. Outline The Challenges The Opportunities Some Examples https://goo.gl/bss4Jc
  3. 3. What to choose? https://goo.gl/bss4JcSource
  4. 4. How to Balance? https://goo.gl/bss4JcSource
  5. 5. Are they getting it? https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  6. 6. How to evaluate? https://goo.gl/bss4J c Source: Alberto G.
  7. 7. Course Dynamics Open Pedagogy Choice Design Reiterative Assignments Scenario/Role Playing Discussions https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  8. 8. Open Pedagogy Open/Free content OER Content Archive.org Library Content Assignments With Purpose or Re-Use Blog Annotating Learning Guides Student As Learning Contributor Module Creation Learning Guide Annotation https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  9. 9. Blog Example https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  10. 10. Learning Guide Annotation https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  11. 11. Module Creation https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  12. 12. Choice Design Choose Content Articles Primary Sources Videos & Other Media Sign-Up Choose (some) Modules Case Studies Choose Assignments Focus Which Assignment to Do Choose Assignment Content Which Content to Cover Open Pitches Make Me an Offer https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  13. 13. Module Reading Options https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  14. 14. Reiterative Assignments 3 Steps Selection Rough Draft (Ungraded) Final Draft Revision Final - 7 Step Process https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  15. 15. Final - Steps https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  16. 16. Scenario/Role Playing Discussions 1. Get them into the materials. 2. Put them in a place to think more deeply about how popular culture affects society and how society affects popular culture. 3. Allows for a bit more creativity 4. Makes discussions a bit more fun to read https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  17. 17. Discussion Example 1 You've been tasked by the Cloning Panel with determining whether a cloned cowboy from the wild west could assimilate to the world today and what could be done to help him assimilate to modern society. You can make your argument either pro (let's clone him!) or con (don't clone him!). But to prove your point, you need to rely on the articles that you read and the primary source material that you explored this week (that is, whatever radio shows, videos, dime novels you read), to help illustrate the quality traits of the Cloned Cowboy. After identifying key quality traits of the cowboy derived from the readings, you need to discuss how these skills translate into modern society and where the Cloned Cowboy could look to in order to better assimilate (that is, what modern sources of popular culture that happen in the present or future are similar enough for the Cloned Cowboy to learn from or even join). Replies: Though you can provide substantial replies in whatever format you choose, I would encourage the following approach: ● Further add to the original post, with elements from your own exploration that reinforce or further elaborate what the original post said. ● Respond as a member of the Cloning Panel with critiques and challenges to what the original post said. Initial post (200+ words) is due by Thursday by 11:59pm. 1 Reply to another student's Initial Post (100+ words) and replying to any questions to your own Initial Post are due by Sunday by 11:59pm. https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  18. 18. Discussion Example 2 You have been selected as a Comics Evaluator, in charge of deciding what comics are allowed to stay and need to go, what stories are acceptable and which ones will never see the light of day. You have three comics that you need to evaluate (the three comics you chose for this week) against the Comics Code of 1954. You need to report to the Comics Czar and explain why or whether these comics should move forward or not. In your explanation you should discuss whether you agree with the mission of the Comics Code Authority or to reject it (maybe this will be your resignation letter as well) and what are the major factors contributing to the agreement or rejection. Such a discussion should include references to the recent comics history of the 1940s and 1950s as well as some of the discussions and issues the culture at large had (or didn't have) with horror comics. Replies: Though you can provide substantial replies in whatever format you choose, I would encourage the following approach: ● Reply as the Comics Czar to comment on what the Comics Evaluator said. ● Reply as a Comics Evaluator providing an addendum with further elaboration to the original post. Initial post (200+ words) is due by Thursday by 11:59pm. 1 Reply to another student's Initial Post (100+ words) and replying to any questions to your own Initial Post are due by Sunday by 11:59pm https://goo.gl/bss4J c
  19. 19. Thank you! Lance Eaton Brandeis University/North Shore Community College leaton01@brandeis.edu @leaton01 http://www.ByAnyOtherNerd.com https://goo.gl/bss4J c

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