Cory Steinle and Bisman Deol: Critique and Kanye: CAS 197(C) and Student-Led Instruction at Penn State
From Emily Bush-Clark on April 14th, 2020
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Cory Steinle and Biz Deol developed CAS 197(c) - Critique and Kanye - under the guidance of Dr. Lori Bedell as a part of the first-ever Students-Teaching-Students (STS) program at Penn State. A one-credit seminar course, this topic brought its instructors together as first-year students. Having consolidated their research interests - Biz is currently in the publication process for a paper examining American racial discourse through the lens of Kendrick Lamar’s discography, and Cory completed his academic thesis applying rhetorical and literary theories to West’s ye (2018) last year - a brand-new course was designed, developed, and delivered within a six-month timeframe.
Fifteen brave students joined us this semester to embark into unfamiliar pedagogical territory, trusting us as instructors to deliver a promised educational experience. Accordingly, we found it important to discuss the overall reception to our course in our poster based on our observations as instructors and based on student feedback conducted by the Schreyer Institute of Teaching (SITE). Because this semester was the first instance of student-designed and student-taught courses at Penn State, the program’s success hasn’t been widely recognized. Additionally, we find it important to share our process and how we structured our course to both leave an example for future student-led courses, and also demonstrate a pedagogical approach we developed through our own experiences as students. We firmly believe our course’s results should encourage further offerings of this course and newly-curated student-led courses to exist within our department and university.