do try this at home

SFU has decided to run all summer courses remotely so I’m having to rethink HIST 417 W: Problems in Modern French History-The “Dark Years,” 1940-44. Much of the course content and structure will still work in theory, but I want to change things up, make time for students to read, think, write, discuss with more flexibility throughout the week. And adjust assignments to make them more engaging and user-friendly, to make better use of online tech and platforms.

Am also making a list called “Do Try This at Home” of assignment ideas specifically designed with these quarantimes in mind…

One idea I’ve had so far is to ask my students to write and record a voice-over narration for one of the MANY silent newsreel clips available online. Here are a couple of examples: