Pedagogy Pop Up (Textshop Experiments special issue)

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
K. A. Wisniewski, Textshop Experiments
contact email: 

Pedagogy Pop Up: a Textshop Experiments special issue

Guest Editors: Mari Ramler (Tennessee Tech University) and Dan Frank (UC Santa Barbara)

Due: July 1, 2020

In this Call for Projects and Practices, Textshop Experiments seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the digital resilience, creativity, and adaptability that instructors in higher education demonstrated in response to the onset of COVID-19 and a sudden pivot to alternate delivery and online instruction. Over the past several months, we saw you lead with empathy, experiment with new technology, and communicate grace. In short, you made it work. This special issue serves as a witness to your invisible labor and as a resource for future instruction.

If you would like to join us in this special issue, first let us know:

Who are you?

  • Where and what do you teach?

  • Please include a brief biography (150 words or less with an optional photo). We seek submissions from every academic rank (including graduate students) and across disciplines.

Then, we invite submissions across any, or all, of the following questions:

What did you do?

  • We invite digital projects, ad-hoc syllabi, or digitally-mediated classroom activities that worked well, provoked interesting results, or were otherwise impactful.

How did you do it?

  • Where did you (re)create your at-home workspace?

  • What changes did you make to your workflow, work strategies, or schedule?

  • What challenges with space, place, technology, or time did you overcome?

What did you learn?

  • What did these experiences teach you about

    • Yourself as an educator?

    • Best practices in pedagogy?

    • Experiments that worked or did not work?

    • Your assumptions about education?

    • Technologies or forms of digitally mediated communication?

Forms and Formats

We accept work in the following formats:  doc, docx, jpg, png, mp3, mp4, mov.

We invite stories, written descriptions, prompts, videos, pictures.

If submitting a syllabus, reading list, activity/assignment, workspace photos / tours, or related project or document(s) (digital or text-based), please accompany that work with a brief introduction or personal statement that contextualizes the submission: Where does this project fit in with the schedule and standards of the class? What skills were you hoping to teach and/or scaffold? (500-1000 words)

Personal narratives, testimonials, and other essay formats should be limited to 1500 words or 5 minutes (audio / video).

The turnaround time for this issue is short: we’re aiming for an August release. We suspect you already have most of the submission materials on hand from the spring semester. Queries about the CFP or the journal may be sent to the Editors via the Contact form on the website: TextshopExperiments.org

If you’d like to contribute, please send your manuscript / media to Mari Ramler at mramler@tntech.edu and and Dan Frank at dmfrank@writing.ucsb.edu by July 1, 2020.