Ivory Tower – With Dillon Stone Tatum

Far from being an intellectual arena disconnected from everyday life, today’s academia is driven by research impact and innovative teaching. The Ivory Tower brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on teaching, learning, service and research to help demystify the role of the modern-day academic. The blog is curated by Dillon Stone Tatum, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Geography, Francis Marion University.

The Importance of Media Literacy in the Classroom

The Importance of Media Literacy in the Classroom

If we want students to learn about the world, how it works, how structures and processes are connected, this requires students to engage with news media.

Welcome (Back) To the Ivory Tower

Welcome (Back) To the Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower is for IR instructors to create dialogue, provide support, and further the enterprise of IR through advice and reflection on teaching, research, and service.

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The Case for an ASEAN Erasmus Programme

Further initiatives and programmes ought to be instilled to encourage ASEAN students to pursue their education within ASEAN states.

Turning Students into Professionals

Turning Students into Professionals

The transition between university and professional life can be jarring. Ideals help students sail in the right direction in a turbulent professional world.

Nurturing Cognitive and Affective Empathy: The Benefits of Perspective-Taking

Nurturing Cognitive and Affective Empathy: The Benefits of Perspective-Taking

Course intention and design must balance cognitive learning with affective learning, while also incorporating psychomotor learning through engaging class activities.

Structuring a Mixed-Methods Course

Structuring a Mixed-Methods Course

With some fine-tuning, the mixed-method model has the potential to be an effective and economical teaching approach.

Fostering Inclusion in a Diverse Classroom

Fostering Inclusion in a Diverse Classroom

Teaching students from a range of nationalities and cultures results can be rich and rewarding, yet it is not without difficulties.

The Weird and Wonderful Virtues of Human Geography

The Weird and Wonderful Virtues of Human Geography

When one reads Human Geography seriously, one is more open to the creative dance of complex causes and open to lumpy landscapes.

We Need to Talk about International Relations

We Need to Talk about International Relations

A discussion is needed on whether IR as a discipline is cutting across nations, languages, and cultures the way it is supposed to do.

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Reasonable Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners in IR Classrooms

As the number of ELLs increase in university classrooms, it will be important for instructors to develop supporting approaches that are both fair and effective.

Teaching Our Students to Critique Again

Teaching Our Students to Critique Again

Failing to teach our international relations/politics is a failure to guide students in the process of developing their own value judgments.

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