Teaching Sex, Power, and Conquest with Primary Sources

Using primary sources in the classroom is a great way to show students how to make historical arguments based on evidence. In my colonial Latin American history course, I translated a Spanish-language eighteenth-century sodomy case for students to use throughout the semester. With the case in front of them, students noted how formal language could…

The Pros and Cons of Teaching with Zoom

Is technology always student centered? How can teachers design online lessons to address students’ needs? In this blog post, I talk about the pros and cons of Zoom—a communications software that allows video conferencing—from the perspective of a student and an instructor. Zoom facilitates communication across continents, and, in this respect, is remarkable. For the…