This year in Medieval Europe, one of the first year history units I coordinate, my tutors and I trialled a new assessment strategy, which seems to have paid huge dividends in student (and staff!) engagement. We called this “the Medieval Expo”. Rather than sitting a final essay-format exam, students worked in teams throughout semester on their choice of a video, podcast, or poster, with the aim of educating a general audience about the medieval past. All the presentations went on display in a special “expo” event in the last week of semester, where everyone could visit and reflect on each other’s work. Students were graded on the group display as well as on a portfolio reflecting their personal contribution to the task. Early feedback shows that this was a great success, both in encouraging students to reflect on their own preconceptions, and in forcing them to think about the contrast between academic and public modes of communicating historically. The first indications of engagement, however, were purely material – in every sense! Students and staff (including yours truly) came in costume to celebrate the unit, and create a festive atmosphere for the Expo event. We plan to write up the experience as a pedagogical article in the next few months, where, with luck, you will be able to read about our intent, design, and implementation in more detail.
Visiting Oxford in 2016
In November and December 2016 I am honoured to be a Visiting Fellow of The Oxford Research Centre for Humanities (TORCH).
Teaching Innovation Recognised
My teaching approach has been recognised with a 2016 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian Awards for University Teaching
Encountering Magna Carta in the Middle Ages: Out now
How did medieval English people encounter Magna Carta? What did they think it meant? How did they use it?
Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Teaching
I’m honoured to have been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in the Early Career category for 2015
Magna Carta in the Capital
Magna Carta has been celebrated in Canberra throughout the 2015 anniversary. In October, I contributed to the final public symposium at Parliament House.
Medieval Lego: Out Now!
I’m proud to have been involved in a wonderful publication on medieval history for children vibrantly … Continue reading Medieval Lego: Out Now!
Gender and Authority in 13th Century Letters
How was authority gendered in 13th century administrative letters? See my recent chapter in “Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England” to find out.
Magna Carta Mayhem
2015 marks 800 years since Magna Carta was agreed between King John and his barons, and I’m getting involved in commemorations.
#MedFemList goes viral
#MedFemList is a hashtag which aims to bring the work of excellent female medieval studies scholars to global attention. It’s working.
Visiting Fellowship in Lincoln, UK
I’ve recently been appointed as International Visiting Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Lincoln, UK. I’ll be visiting between 17 June and 19 July.
New Project on Anonymity
I’ve just secured some seed funding for an interesting new project on meanings of medieval anonymity. The project will begin in June with a trip to UK libraries and archives.
Words as Weapons Now Online
Update! You can now access my most recent paper, Words as Weapons in the Correspondence … Continue reading Words as Weapons Now Online