Please help spread the word! Medievalists and non-medievalists alike very welcome!
July 23, 2020 at 1:00PM ET – Middle Ages for Educators [docs.google.com]: Online Resources and Strategies for Teaching the Pre-Modern [docs.google.com] with Merle Eisenberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) University of Maryland, Sara McDougall, Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar, Washington, DC
Middle Ages for Educators, or MAFE (middleagesforeducators.com [middleagesforeducators.com]) was launched in early April 2020 in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic that shut down face-to-face classroom instruction across the globe. It builds upon the wealth of medieval studies materials already online but often hidden away in obscure places. In addition to introducing these resources to its users, MAFE offers new videos and digital tools with accompanying lesson plans that instructors can use to build upon or to supplement class assignments.
The website has made an immediate impact in the medieval studies community and has been quickly adopted for classroom use, even as the site continues to grow. It is a resource not just for medievalists, but for anyone teaching the period between 200 and 1500 CE. With the uncertainties of the 2020-2021 academic year looming, MAFE is ready to offer ever more content, tools, and pedagogical strategies that can be built into pre-modern course material from the start.
The webinar has three aims:
- First, to inform participants of the site’s contents, which include customized videos on medieval topics developed in response to instructor requests, primary source documents translated into English, and links to related online resources and classroom-ready digital content on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
- Second, to challenge participants to recognize the varying pedagogical strategies and tools the site presents to engage instructors and students in computer-enabled learning about the pre-modern world.
- Finally, to invite participants to interact with site creators so the site can respond to what participants need to effectively teach pre-modern materials in future digital or hybrid contexts.
To encourage discussion, this interactive webinar is limited to 30 participants. You can register for the webinar here [docs.google.com].