Anthropology in Cyberland: exploring virtual teaching formats

Ann Kelly

Abstract


This paper explores the use of multimedia technologies in the creation of effective learning environments for Anthropology. With particular reference to the 'Anthropology of Africa', a new module designed and first taught in the spring of 2012, I critically reflect on the possibilities and challenges of implementing a web-based forum. Of particular concern is how to enthuse students for the subject material by encouraging a sense of responsibility for learning, while also cultivating an appreciation of anthropology's core methodologies. To conclude I consider how engaging with the pedagogic development of this course supports my professional development in anthropology, my role in the educational context of Exeter and in UK Higher Education more broadly.


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