Lee Skallerup Bessette
Lee Skallerup Bessette is a learning design specialist in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown University. You can read more of her work at readywriting.org.
Are Apps Becoming the New Worksheet?
Digital Literacy
Lee Skallerup Bessette
My daughter loves school. She used to line up her stuffed animals in rows and “teach” them for hours on end. When she got a special new doll for her 7th birthday named
“College Readiness” versus “Ready for College”
Higher Ed
Lee Skallerup Bessette
We have lots of definitions of “college readiness”; here are the ACT’s definitions as well as the Common Core’s in Language Arts (as for math, it’s simply “all the math”
On Social Media, Silence, and Things That Matter
Lee Skallerup Bessette
This piece first appeared on Educating Modern Learners. I want to talk about Ferguson. We need to keep talking about Ferguson because if these past 12-24 months have taught us anything (if we
Social Media, Service, and the Perils of Scholarly Affect
editors’ picks
Lee Skallerup Bessette
I am not a scholar, at least not in the traditional sense. Almost 5 years ago, I wrote How Highered Makes Most Things Meaningless. It also appeared on Inside Higher Ed. It remains
Towards a Critical Approach to Faculty Development
Academic Labor
Maha Bali / مها بالي · Lee Skallerup Bessette
We are two critical pedagogues who are also faculty developers, trying to create space for conversations interrogating dominant approaches to faculty development. Faculty developers support the growth and continuing development and evolution of
Assessment and Generosity
Chris Friend · Kris Shaffer · Asao B. Inoue · Lee Skallerup Bessette
Kris Shaffer and Asao Inoue discuss generous ways to assess student work, and we’ll hear from Lee Skallerup Bessette to consider institutional assessment, empathy, and student needs.
Digital Writing, Paywalls, and Worth
Digital Writing
Lee Skallerup Bessette
This piece was contributed as part of Hybrid Pedagogy‘s Digital Writing Month. I’m tired. Scratch that: I’m exhausted. I’ve been writing for my life, like my life depended on
Where Do I Belong?: Contingency and the Psychic Wage
Academic Labor
Lee Skallerup Bessette
Hybrid Pedagogy recently announced a call for articles that address the problem of contingency in higher education. The goal is to examine our role as pedagogues in a system wherein education does not
A Scholarship of Resistance: Bravery, Contingency, and Higher Education
Jesse Stommel · Lee Skallerup Bessette
Higher education needs more bravery. Digital pedagogy, or any experimental critical pedagogy, is necessarily dangerous, often with real risks for both instructors and students, much of which can be valuable for learning. But
It’s Time to Play: Games, Gamification, and Active Learning
Critical Pedagogy
Lee Skallerup Bessette
Play is making a comeback. There have been TED Talks, peer-reviewed articles in pediatrics journals, pieces in The Atlantic, and an entire industry now devoted to the “right” kind of play for our
It’s About Class: Interrogating the Digital Divide
Digital Divide
Lee Skallerup Bessette
I live and work in one of America’s poorest regions, Appalachia — specifically eastern Kentucky. Businesses and municipalities don’t have a strong web presence (if any at all), Google Maps is

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