Teaching Archive Provides Resources as Online Learning Becomes New Normal

March 18, 2020

During this unprecedented time, USITT is here to provide resources to our membership and beyond. Online learning, job opportunities, and industry resources are available year-round for those who may be out of work, those who are having to navigate the waters of teaching classes online that traditionally would not be suited as web-based education, and more.

USITT's Teaching Archive is a publication of teaching resources for theatre technology educators created by various USITT commissions. This resource is completely FREE.

As many of our educators are now teaching remotely, some for the first time in their careers, the Teaching Archive is a gold mine for lesson plans, full class period exercises, week and month-long projects, as well as full semesters. In addition to posting unique class projects, the websiteccontains syllabi and rubrics, which are also helpful when building a brand-new course.

The site is organized into disciplines related to each USITT commission. Under the Education commission tab, you can find material that is broadly applicable to all areas such as grading for crew assignments, generating engaged discussion, introductory classes, fundamentals of design, etc. Other disciplines include costume, digital media, engineering, lighting design, management, safety & health, scenic design, sound design, and technical production.

"Whether trying to infuse new life in a class that's been taught semester after semester for the last twenty years or teaching a class for the very first time, hearing classroom ideas from fellow theatre practitioners is always appreciated," said USITT Creative Teaching Archive costumes editor, Colleen Metzger. "The USITT Creative Teaching Archive allows academics to do just that - this archive showcases innovative ideas that professors can use to create a brand-new course or update an established one."

Check out the full site here and start exploring!

Have an idea, lesson plan, or online learning tips you'd like to share with other theatre educators? The Teaching Archive is always accepting submissions. Click here to submit.