COVID-19: What are the ethical issues?

Norton’s authors and editors continue to work hard during the COVID-19 crisis to create the best classroom resources we can. An Introduction to Moral Philosophy author Jonathan Wolff talked with his editor Ken Barton about how they should approach a new afterword for the second edition of the book (forthcoming) that applies moral philosophy to …

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Developing the History Careers Poster

Last summer Norton’s team of history editors and specialists were thinking through a concern we frequently hear about on campus: students (and sometimes parents) wonder whether what they’ll learn as history majors can apply to future career pursuits. We decided to answer this evergreen question—“What Can I Do with a History Degree?”—with a poster our …

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Is “Western Civ” Still Relevant in Our Global Era? A Q&A with Author Carol Symes

Carol Symes, co-author of Western Civilizations, talks about recent shifts in teaching history survey courses, and how Whiggish ideas of European history have been co-opted by white nationalist groups. She gives a more expansive view of Western Civilizations, and discusses how her research informs her global approach to the textbook. You regularly teach a survey of …

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Workshop – Transitioning to Online Teaching with Brian O’Roark

In this workshop, Professor of Economics at Robert Morris University and Essentials of Economics co-author Brian O’Roark shared tips and tricks for moving your course online. He went over a number of resources to keep your students engaged—from Kahoot and InQuizitive—as well as specific tips for organizing your LMS and keeping in touch with students. He …

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Reflections on the COVID-19 Resources Project

Todd Pearson, Ph. D., Norton's Biology Content Development Specialist, reflects on creating instructor resources slides that biology instructors can use when discussing COVID-19 in their classes. Several weeks back, as news reports broke about the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated near Wuhan, China, our Biology team at Norton realized we were in a unique position …

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Making Science Accessible: A Conversation with Astronomy Author Adam Frank

Astronomy: At Play in the Cosmos author Adam Frank sat down with the astronomy team to tell us a little about his research and why he is passionate about getting nonscientists excited about science. Adam is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester. Norton Astronomy: Why did you want to write a textbook for …

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Cut through the Noise to Understand How Politics Really Works

American Politics Today authors David Canon and Bill Bianco discuss how they get their students to look beyond the noisy headlines and focus on how American Government is supposed to function. One of our goals as authors and teachers is to make students more engaged citizens. While it could be debated what this means and looks like …

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Orchestrating Active Learning in a Less-than-Ideal Environment

Stacy Palen is an award-winning professor in the physics department and director of the Ott Planetarium at Weber State University. Dr. Palen is passionate about teaching astronomy, and presents tips on creating an active learning environment below. image credit: Zac Williams Somehow or other, classroom architects in the 1960s, 1970s, and as far along as …

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Celebrating Women Composers in the Classroom

Norton Music's Assistant Editor, Julie Kocsis, put together a playlist based on Professor Rachel Lusden’s essay in The Norton Field Guide to Teaching Music Theory. In her essay, Lumsden calls for a more diverse and inclusive repertoire in the music classroom, and it’s our hope that this playlist helps you get started. In her essay in The …

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Stay in the Loop: A Global Approach to the Art History Survey

Publishing July 2021, The History of Art: A Global View is the first major art history survey textbook written in the 21st century. The author team of eleven specialists embarked on this project with a common goal: to write a survey text with a true, worldwide narrative. Each author lends their expertise to ensure that this survey …

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