Meditation in the Classroom

From Melissa Ringfield — Changing technology has brought benefits to both our work and play lives, but the speed of this change is bringing new challenges in both areas as well. The options for entertainment through social media, video games, and high-speed porn are increasingly competing for student attention in ways that can be almost…

You’ll Never Be “Ready”

From Vanessa Calkins — In a lot of ways, I’ve grown up in this department. And in the last four years teaching for DWR as a GTA, a VI, a (very pregnant) Adjunct, and now as an Instructor, I’ve learned that you can’t wait to be “ready” for anything worth having in life. You achieve…

Redesigning Course Materials with Universal Design in Mind

From Lissa Pompos — Recently, while researching accessibility statements for course syllabi, I came across some literature on “universal design.” The concept is often credited to Ronald Mace, who was an architect and the founder of The Center for Universal Design (CUD). According to the CUD website, engaging in universal design involves “designing all products…