The Medieval Academy of America is offering a series of free, timely webinars in the month of July. Note that some require pre-registratrion but do not necessarily require membership in MAA.
Race, Racism, and Teaching the Middle Ages
20 July, 3-5 PM EDT
In the wake of recent events and ongoing racially motivated violence, there have been many institutional responses to raise awareness of race and racism in the U.S. and beyond. This is one such response. Since many of us are educators who will return to the classroom in one form or another in the coming year, this webinar is focused on pedagogy and concrete strategies for teaching race and racism in their medieval forms and as they appear in medieval studies. Our four speakers will discuss what they do in the classroom and library to approach this complex topic with the goal of engendering ideas and texts that can be put in place as soon as this fall. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information.
Online Teaching for Medieval Studies: Philosophies, Learning Plans, and Promising Tools
This two-part webinar focuses on approaches to teaching the Middle Ages for online learning. The webinars are designed to help medievalists of all disciplines adopt and adapt existing strategies, platforms, and tools for teaching online in the fall of 2020 and beyond. Understanding that most institutions have their own required training sessions and online learning platforms, these webinars showcase ideas behind critical pedagogies for online learning with tools and applications specifically designed by and oriented for use by medievalists. The goal of these webinars is to bring together scholars proficient in online learning and design to give an overview of best practices and how medievalists can use and maximize the many DH offerings for learning and research that currently exist. Each webinar will reserve half of the allotted time (1 hour) to address the pedagogical philosophies of teaching and learning online, followed by a series of 'Tool Talks' (1.5 hours), featuring a selection of medievalist-friendly digital tools for use with students. We will reserve time to address questions after each section to foster a scholarly exchange about approaches to teaching and learning.
Both webinars will be recorded and made available through the MAA YouTube Channel. In addition, we will also partner with the Middle Ages for Educators site to embed the shorter 'Tool Talks,' accompanied by linked materials which might include further readings, suggestions for assessment, or relevant online resources. We anticipate adding to these throughout the summer, even after the conclusion of this webinar series. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information about these webinars.
Webinar I: Thinking and Teaching Online: Best-Practices and Inspired Learning at a Distance
14 July, Noon - 3 PM EDT
Webinar II: Techniques and Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Researching Online: Manuscripts, Mapping, and Modeling
21 July, 2 - 5 PM EDT
MAA @ vIMC
7 July, 2:30 - 3:30 EDT (19:30 IMC time)
If you've registered for the vIMC, you will have the opportunity to join the MAA@vIMC event on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:30 - 3:30 EDT (19:30 IMC time). MAA President Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Speculum Editor Katherine Jansen, and Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis will deliver brief updates and take questions. This event replaces our annual IMC Lecture, which has been postponed until 2021. Refer to the vIMC programme for more information about how to join this special session.