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An Interview assignment is on my syllabus for my Critical Thinking and Communication class (Gen Ed, required of all sophomores, inquiry based).  My course title/inquiry is "A Good Life:  What is it?  How does one live it?"  As we pivoted to remote courses in mid-March and as I began to convert activities and assignments, I wondered about keeping the Interview.  How to talk about a good life when life doesn't look so good?  As it turned out, the assignment worked.  I received some of the strongest, most engaging submissions I've ever read. As one student said, "We (her grandmother was the interview subject) had time together around the kitchen table.  She loved my questions and she was tickled to help me with a paper. But I was the lucky one. I heard stories I had never known.  And now they are recorded on my phone.  What a treasure."   

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Celia Brewer Sinclair

About Celia Brewer Sinclair

Celia Brewer Sinclair (B.A., Duke University; M.A., Yale Divinity School) is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Undergraduate Coordinator for the major at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She teaches an inquiry course for the General Education program titled “A Good Life: What is it? How does one live it?” She is interested in strategies that explore the flipped classroom, active learning, team based learning, and ePortfolios. Right now, she is most interested in online pedagogy.

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