From AAA member Beverly A. Chiarulli:
As a member of the advisory panel that helped build the AAA Teaching Materials Exchange, I was delighted to read that the Exchange is up and running. It’s a little hard to find, there’s no link on the home page, but it is the first link on the Resources menu For Teachers.
The idea is for the exchange to become a resource for teaching anthropology and there are syllabi, lesson plans and activities for all types and levels of Anthro classes. It was paid for my member donations to the Resources Development Committee, described in this Anthropology News article.
So far there are more than 100 entries, that can be searched by keywords, level, online, region, topics and instructor. The search works pretty well. I looked at a really interesting sounding course “Anthropology and Animals” taught by Peter Gray at UNLV, a general level online course. I don’t know that I would ever teach that course, but it gave me some ideas for my online Intro Anthropology Course which is also an online course. And another course “ARCH 0680: Water, Culture and Power” by Omur Harmansah of Brown University looks at the importance of water management in the Near East also gave me ideas.
I submitted my own syllabus to see how complicated it was and it took less than 10 minutes.
It looks like this will be a great way to share teaching ideas and can be an especially important resource for “new” teachers and anyone trying to design a new course. I hope you will use the resource and contribute your materials, too.
Beverly A. Chiarulli is Director of Archaeological Services and Associate Professor in
the Anthropology Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.