Being Human: Lessons and Reminders during a Global Pandemic

Dr. Michael Ramirez is an associate professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He teaches courses on gender, work, aging and the life course, and film. Dr. Michael Ramirez, associate professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi As a sociologist, I am attentive to how nearly every dimension of social life is shaped …

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A Social Constructionist Approach to Current Events: Q&A with Joel Best

Joel Best, the author of Social Problems, discusses how taking a social constructionist approach to the social problems course keeps it timely—even during a pandemic.   Photo Credit: Kathy Atkinson Norton Sociology: We’re having this conversation as the fall semester is beginning. It’s been a crazy year, not just with many college classes being forced …

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Evaluating Scientific Claims during a Pandemic and Infodemic

Megan Scudellari is a science journalist and a coauthor of Biology Now, Third Edition. In 2013, Megan was awarded the prestigious Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award in recognition of outstanding reporting and writing in science. Her work has appeared in publications such as Nature, The Boston Globe, and The Scientist. Did you know driving tractors or drinking vodka can fight COVID-19? True …

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Prioritizing Well-Being as We Return to the Classroom

Crystal Carlson (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is an assistant professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Crystal is an educational psychologist, dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is particularly sensitive to the interplay of student well-being and student success. Her research examines how to support the diverse needs of …

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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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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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