The pressures of the new job and the beginning of term meant that I had to withdraw from submitting a article with my colleague Tyson Seburn on how we collaborate to design assignments in our respective classes in the International Foundation Program to ensure transferability of skills and enhanced learning for our students. The deadline was just too tight for us to make it. Instead, we decided we would write a series of posts in our respective blogs on the topic and plan a more thorough study of the effect of our assignments on student learning and write that for a future publication. Stay tuned for the first of three blogposts on the topic in the coming weeks.
While that is coming up, my chief collaborator and partner in crime, Dana Wessell Lightfoot and I have just finished polishing our paper for the upcoming Global Reformations conference, which I am helping organize. Dana and I have recently written a blogpost for SERAI on why we believe so strongly in collaboration in the humanities. As we prepare for yet another conference where we will share the research we have done together, I am once again in awe at how much easier it is for both of us to write together. By together, I don’t mean we each writing a section of a larger piece – we do that too – but the part that we are best at and which flows much easier for us is when we meet and work on the exact same paragraph/sentence together. Writing on Google Docs, we watch each other’s cursor and finish each other’s sentences. We chat about stumbling blocks on the side. I feel I need to talk about our process more in here. Let me know what you find useful to know about collaboration. You’ll see me musing about that much more openly in the upcoming months as Dana and I prepare to present at a panel we organized for the American Historical Association’s general meeting in January.