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Teaching Shakespeare in the Online Classroom

Posted By Margaret Christian, Friday, May 20, 2016

Online Shakespeare teacher, initially reluctant but now enthusiastic, seeks counterparts from anywhere on the mood spectrum to collaborate on a panel at the 2017 RSA.

Few of us, I would wager, became teachers so that we could interact with students via course management systems (CMS), and few of us would suggest that the best way to conduct a discussion of a Shakespeare play is via the internet. However, institutional priorities and changing student characteristics have yielded opportunities—even created pressure—to develop and teach Shakespeare courses online, so here we are.

  • Me: Associate Professor at Penn State, teacher of ENGL 129: Shakespeare (for non-majors) and ENGL 444: Shakespeare (for majors) face to face since 1989[1] and online since 2015.
  • You: ??

Our panel will facilitate the exchange of ideas with others who are teaching or developing such courses.  Prospective online Shakespeare teachers will ask us questions and compare current course designs and a range of “learning objects,” while current online Shakespeare teachers (that’s us) will share tips and warn of pitfalls.


Let our panel include your perspective and experience!  To take the first step in sharing your course design and showcasing a few of your course’s typical “learning objects” (and seeing ours), please email Margaret Christian at


[1] Yes, I know—don’t judge me.

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