Making Knowledge Stick: Virtual Badges and Real Life Stickers

“Better than Digital Chocolate”—that’s what drew me in. It was the title of a post that found its way somehow across one of my social media feeds and I was intrigued. I like chocolate! What I had stumbled across was the website for LearnBrite, a company that specializes in e-learning tools. They had already created 100 free virtual badges that were geared towards enterprise and were in the process of creating 100 more for use in a university context. They were looking for suggestions and of course, I leapt in with some ideas for anthropological badges. read more…

  • dateMarch 1, 2016
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  • posted byErin McGuire
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The Making of Lissa: Still Time—An ethnoGRAPHIC Novel

On World Anthropology Day, we are thrilled to highlight an important project that is currently in the works. This guest post is about the making of a graphic ethnography, scheduled to be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2017. Here, the filmmaker, Francesco Dragone, who is documenting the process of transforming scholarship into graphic novel form, outlines a recent trip to Cairo, Egypt organized by the academic authors to help the artists better understand the physical, social, political, and cultural landscape in which the novel is situated. We’ll be offering periodic updates on this project throughout the year, with more from the authors on the challenges and opportunities that graphic novels offer for realizing ethnographic research. read more…

  • dateFebruary 18, 2016
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  • posted byFrancesco Dragone
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“Creative Connections” with J.R.R. Tolkien: Teaching Anthropology with Imaginative Literature

How do J.R.R. Tolkien, his legendary stories, and other examples of imaginative literature relate to anthropology? The possibilities are endless. You can make “creative connections” in your classroom and engage students in a dialogue about the resonance of anthropology and its themes to many of their favorite imaginative universes. read more…

  • dateFebruary 11, 2016
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  • posted byLeah McCurdy
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Taking Risks in Teaching Anthropology, Part II

This is the second of a two-part blog post in which Suzanne Z. Gottschang from Smith College outlines the benefits of integrating real-world examples into an introductory cultural anthropology course. read more…

  • dateFebruary 5, 2016
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  • posted bySuzanne Z. Gottschang
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Taking Risks in Teaching Anthropology, Part I

This is the first of a two-part blog post in which Suzanne Z. Gottschang from Smith College outlines the benefits of integrating a real-world assignment into her introductory cultural anthropology course. read more…

  • dateFebruary 3, 2016
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  • posted bySuzanne Z. Gottschang
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