My roommate in grad school had a quip she would use whenever I would ask her if she had read a particular text. “Read it?” she’d reply, “I haven’t even taught it yet!”
This a line I have since borrowed and used again and again with friends and colleagues who teach at the college level. The laugh of recognition I am used to hearing speaks to the universal experience of never feeling like we have quite enough time to properly design and develop our syllabi. We often work alone, and scramble to figure out how to assemble the necessary resources; the execution is often trial and error.
But what if we worked together to create and share feedback on our syllabi? What would it look like to slow down the process of developing courses, assignments, and class activities? What are the potentials for collaboration for educators and students? What resources might we share across institutions? What technologies might we employ towards this effort?
FemTechNet offers some opportunities and resources for thinking collaboratively. Here is an example of one of the collective’s efforts:
What other models are available to us?