Creativity and Collaboration in the Small College Department
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture
This article argues small departments are ideal laboratories for innovative structures of collaboration. Beginning with the smallest nit—an individual teacher “collaborating with herself” to mine good ideas from one course to another, and graduating to larger and more ambitious structures of collaboration—team- teaching, service- learning, performance and interdisciplinary syllabi, and courses taught between campuses and across the globe—Moffat shows how deliberate collaboration can yield more from less. Using examples from colleagues’ work in small departments at Dickinson College, Moffat suggests how creative collaboration can expand pedagogical methods, increase student diversity and demand for a range of courses, establish interdisciplinary communities, and widen the curriculum.
Moffat, Wendy. "Creativity and Collaboration in the Small College Department." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. 10, no. 2 (2010): 283-294. http://muse.jhu.edu/article/379187