Call for Submissions: John Jay College Justice eReader

We welcome submissions from faculty members for the creation of Social Justice eReader chapters or sections designed for our HUM300 courses. The primary objective of the eReader content is to provide well-organized and comprehensive information on subjects outlined in the HUM300 course syllabi that align with clearly defined educational goals and student learning objectives. It’s important to emphasize that the aim of this eReader is not to develop content for a specialized audience of researchers, academics, or professionals within a specific field.

This is an exceptional opportunity to collaborate and contribute to the development of an innovative and comprehensive OER eReader that will benefit both students and the academic community at large. We believe faculty expertise and insights could greatly enhance the quality and relevance of this educational resource. We are inviting you to consider contributing original content to this project.

Key Proposal Requirements:

Genre: Proposals will define and explain the choice of the genre. The choice of genre for writing a chapter or section for undergraduate college students will depend on the subject matter, the course goals, and student learning objectives. Certain genres are generally well-suited for engaging and educating undergraduate students. Here are some genre examples commonly effective for textbook writing:

  • Explanatory/Informative
  • Narrative/Descriptive
      • Scholarly personal narrative
        • Example: description of your personal connection to a case
  • Analytical/Argumentative
      • An introduction to the moral or ethical questions that connect to the landmark case
        • Example: An analysis of the moral or ethical questions that connect to the landmark case
  • Problem-Solving/Practical Application
      • Real world examples
      • Connecting to careers
  • Case Study/Scenario-Based
  • Genre Hybridization:
    • Combining elements from different genres can create a well-rounded and engaging textbook.
      • Example: combining explanatory sections with interactive exercises or weaving narratives into analytical discussions.

Content Breakdown: Proposals will outline how your chapter or section will break down complex topics into digestible components suitable for a broad undergraduate student audience. Proposals will establish a pattern, a disruption to the pattern, and analysis.

Educational Focus: Proposals may address evolving interpretations, criticisms, debates, real-world examples, connections to careers, implications, practical applications, legal reasoning, the representation of marginalized knowledges, voices, or perspectives, and theoretical concepts.

Key-Chapter or Section Requirements:

Curriculum Alignment: Chapters or sections will align with the HUM300 curriculum, course goals, and student learning objectives. Chapters or sections will clearly articulate how they contribute to fulfilling the broader educational purpose.

Critical Thinking: Chapters or sections will encourage critical thinking by incorporating questions, challenges, or problems that require analytical skills, fostering a deeper engagement with the material.

Teaching and Learning Support: The primary goal of a chapter or section is to support teaching and learning. They will include pedagogical elements such as summaries, key terms, and exercises to enhance the educational experience.

  • Assessment and Quizzes: A chapter or section will include exercises, quizzes, or other forms of assessment to help students gauge their understanding of the material.
  • Interactive Features/multimedia: Chapters and sections will utilize Pressbook’s interactivity features to enhance student engagement. Contributors may also incorporate multimedia content for better understanding.

Include an introduction: Chapters or sections will include an effective introduction engaging readers and setting the tone for the content that follows.

Align Content with Career Trajectories: The chapter or section should explore the relationship between the content and career opportunities. It should emphasize how the content can be applied to the professional landscape.

Conclusion: The chapter or section  will include a summary of key takeaways.

Faculty Adoption: Chapter or section content will be accessible for faculty members both within and outside your discipline. The chapter should be adaptable for use in diverse academic contexts.

Model for Writing: The format and quality of a chapter or section will serve as a model for the writing HUM300 students will engage in, encompassing format, and style.

APA Citation Format: A chapter or section will adhere to APA citation format and compliance with copyright and fair use standards. Whenever possible, utilize existing course bibliographies.



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