Layered Student Research

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Student-Centered Learning

All of my classes are student-influenced and student-led. That means no lecture,. NONE. Instead, discussions conducted through interactive visualizations, student-created content, and student presentations with q & a. Our guide is the virtual syllabus linked with archived student work on WordPress sites, theory, as well as primary and secondary sources.

Each semester students influence the direction of the courses through their creative scholarship. Their specific contributions are noted on the syllabi and become part of the course material that is studied along with work from scholars. This summer for the American Culture [VIRTUAL] class, The New Orleans Project created by Zack Albrecht, Julie Sahyoun, Kohta Zaiser, and Charlene Flournoy in HUM 370 [HONORS] Spring 2017 is a point of reference for students as they engage with racism, folklore, and voodoo. Student videos are also incorporated to provide experiential references for course participants.

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Innovative Learning Spaces

I teach out of San Diego State’s Learning Research Studios, which are technologically-advanced and have universal design. We utilize multiple monitors, iPads, Airplay functionalities, and SmartBoards® in group learning environments. This Fall semester I am extremely excited to teach Humanities 409 [HONORS] in AH1120 which has been newly equipped with Virtual & Mixed Reality Platforms. We will utilize the HTV Vive, Oculus, and HoloLens to engage with theory from Turing, Baudrillard, Einstein, and Leary (to name a few). A big thanks to Sean Hauze’s work on this evolving project!

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Layered Student Research

Layered Student Research connects undergraduate Humanities and History students at San Diego State University, creating an archived learning community that connects ideas, experiences, and coursework. The concept behind LSR has been to elevate the student voice so that individuals can be heard, recognized, and influence what goes on in the classroom and across campus. By being able to engage in digital learning activities that are accessible and interactive, students are able to directly influence curriculum in real-time, giving them the power to enrich Departmental Learning Outcomes in interdisciplinary and socially relevant ways. Through Layered Student Research, it is possible to create an inter-undergraduate cohort of vibrant ideas, identities, and experiences that make diversity an integral practice in Humanities.

Layered Student Research was first presented at San Diego State University’s Fall Digital Humanities Showcase on December 15, 2016: Engaging the Student Voice in Humanities: Lived Realities in Visual Mediums and Embracing Diversity and Building Humanities Communities through Layered Student Research for HERA’s national convention in San Diego, CA on March 2, 2017. Since then, Layered Student Research has evolved using added digital platforms such as Kanopy which was presented at San Diego State University’s Spring Digital Humanities Showcase on May 5, 2017 with Co-Presenter Honors Student Nick Elliot.

Layered Student Research is currently the subject and title of a forthcoming interactive article. For inquiries, please email


My pedagogy has been greatly influenced by the work of Michael J. Kramer’s pedagogy featuring deformance, Eve Kornfeld’s Nietzschean philosophy of the classroom, and Johanna Drucker’s “visual production of knowledge” in Graphesis (2014).