Riding the Wheel of Fortune: How the Substance of Our Teaching Can Help Us through the Crisis

Engraving of people riding the Wheel of Fortune in Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy
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Much of the discussion about the move to remote and online classes this school year has focused on the mechanics of such teaching—how to make online learning engaging, how to create community, how to use the technology better. But what about the substance of what we are teaching? How can the actual content of the courses help students and faculty better understand and cope with the upheaval into which their lives have been thrown? Good teaching is not just about getting the technology right. It’s also about having something to say, something worth showing up for.

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