Supporting Educational Equity

What role could course materials play in supporting more equitable learning environments? We sat down with Ann Shin, Norton’s editorial director for educational publishing, to discuss an ongoing initiative to create inclusive and equity-minded course materials. Ann ShinImage Credit: Justine Knight Photography First off, could you tell us a bit about your role at Norton? …

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Creating a More Inclusive Music Theory Repertoire: What We Learned

Betsy Marvin (Eastman School of Music) and Jane Clendinning (Florida State University College of Music) are coauthors of The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis. In their classrooms they strive to create a diverse music theory curriculum by including pieces by women and people of color. Here they describe the process of incorporating diverse pieces …

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Accessibility and Affordability: What Norton’s Director of Inclusive Access Learned from the Pandemic

How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted issues related to access and affordability of course materials? The Norton Learning Blog recently sat down with Lauren Greene, Norton's director of inclusive access, to learn how the pandemic accelerated affordability trends in higher education and how affordability and accessibility are related. How have the ideas of “access” and “accessibility” changed through the …

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Doing Our Part to Ensure Educational Integrity

Mike Wright is the head of the College Department at W. W. Norton & Company. He is at the forefront of Norton’s efforts to support the success of educators and students in various ways, including overseeing the creation of equity-minded course materials, ensuring the educational integrity of those materials, and providing them at affordable prices. …

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Behind the Scenes: From a Disability Office to Accessible Publishing

How should a faculty member, campus, or publisher approach the goal of providing accessible materials? The Norton Learning Blog sits down with Evan Yamanishi, Norton’s director of accessibility and standards, to discuss how his experiences working in a campus disability office informed his work at Norton on accessibility standards.   You used to work in a …

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Behind the Scenes: How Do You Make a Map?

Acclaimed historian John McNeill and Charlotte Miller, a cartographic specialist, discuss how they collaborated to create over 150 original maps for McNeill’s new world history survey text: The Webs of Humankind: A World History. John, in your eyes, what makes a good map? What were your goals for the maps in your new textbook? John …

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Decanonizing the Introduction to Sociology Text

Lisa Wade, PhD, is a Visiting Scholar at Tulane University, formally joining the faculty in 2021. An accomplished scholar, award-winning teacher, and public sociologist, she has become well known for delivering conversational yet compelling translations of sociological theory and research. She’s the author of the best-selling textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions and American Hookup, the definitive account of …

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Digitizing The Problems Book: An Interview with Tim Hunt and John Wilson

What happens when you take a pen-and-paper assignment and translate it to an online environment? What do you and your students give up and what do you gain? Norton Biology recently sat down with Tim Hunt and John Wilson, authors of the beloved Problems Book that accompanies Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition, which …

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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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