Program Dates, Times & Details
Session II: August 3-28, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Wednesdays; 6:30 – 8 p.m. EST
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 2.0
Course Number: 72878
In 2011, technology scholar Cathy Davidson told us that our American educational model was outdated and wouldn’t serve us in the digital age. Nine years later, Covid-19 has forced the issue. Teachers are faced with the sudden and painful challenge of taking their life’s work online. This is more than a paradigm shift; it is embodied. Teaching at the elementary and secondary level is not simply about academics; rather, it is wholly about presence. Teachers shape behavior, orchestrate the environment to support learning, and engage students in physical activity all day long. What does it mean when these modalities are removed, or shifted to a new, intangible space?
In this seminar we will learn to think about digital learning differently than we have to date. Engaging learners in the digital environment requires sharpened communication and design skills. Mindfulness methodologies, which teach the power of presence, offer a transformative avenue to reaching learners in all spaces, including digital spaces. These methodologies are naturally embodied, just as teaching is. These traditions offer us artful methods for using the powers of our minds, our creativity, and our communication in a controlled space where we must design “learning” anew. This course will gently help teachers and students cross the bridge between worlds by introducing them to powerful practices for rising through the challenge together.
Course participants will gain from the experience:
- A small tool kit of mindfulness methods that can be used among teachers and students in digital classrooms
- Early sketches of how a mindful digital curriculum might look in their individual classes
- Time and space to explore and process their experiences thus far with digital teaching and learning
- Practical and philosophical perspectives for thinking about and enacting humanistic digital learning
Program & Technology Requirements
- Reliable internet access
- Minimally, a laptop with webcam and audio. (Best would be a monitor connected to laptop or desktop)
Emily Workman Luther has been an instructor at Syracuse University since 2005, teaching writing and communication courses, consulting with student writers, and supporting everyone from honors students to first-generation college students and refugees in their communication endeavors across many departments at the University throughout the years. She has taught for the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition; the Writing Center; The Arthur O. Eve HEOP Program at University College; the Renee Crown University Honors Program; and currently, SU Project Advance and the Bachelor of Professional Studies program at University College. She earned a master’s degree in English and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from SU in 2007.
Emily is also a lifelong yoga practitioner and holds certifications in both adult and children’s yoga which allow her to educate children, families, and schools about the science of yoga. Emily is a mindfulness advocate, having been an early student in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Syracuse University, and a devoted scholar and teacher of such philosophies ever since. She is a seasoned digital educator with over a decade of experience designing and teaching online classes. She currently offers digital yoga classes and workshops through her private business, and digital classes in mindful professional communication here at SU. As a former high school English teacher, Emily loves visiting high school classrooms across New York and New Jersey to support teachers through Project Advance. She is a mother and a native Central New Yorker, currently living in Southern New Jersey with her family.