A Proven Practice

Call for Reflections on Teaching Online

AAR’s Teaching Religion Program Unit and Committee on Teaching and Learning invite succinct reflections on specific teaching practices you have employed in teaching about religions online. In this first call, we invite reflections on practices that improved teaching and learning during the spring 2020 shift to distance learning. Alternatively, we welcome practices faculty might employ in online or hybrid courses this fall. Submissions should be 400–500 words long and include a concise statement of your teaching context, the pedagogical point of the practice, a clear description of it, and an explanation of why it worked well. Submissions should include:

1) Your teaching context:

  • Type of institution
  • The course and level
  • Students typically in the course (undergrad/grad, majors, etc.)
  • The point at which you employ the practice in the course

2) The pedagogical point of the practice

3) A clear description of the practice, including the platform or technologies used

4) A brief explanation of why it worked well

  • How it impacts student learning
  • How it might be adapted to other institutional contexts or courses
  • How it might scale up or down for other class sizes

Submit your practice by via email to Molly Bassett, co-chair of AAR’s Teaching Religion Program Unit (mbassett@gsu.edu).

Responses will be peer-reviewed by members of the Teaching Religion Program Unit and the Committee on Teaching and Learning, and they will be published in AAR’s Religious Studies News.

AAR Online and Distance-Education Resources Created in Response to COVID-19


Tips for Online Teaching – Compiled tips and resources for transitioning face-to-face courses to the online environment. By Amy Hale and AAR’s Teaching and Learning Committee, March 12, 2020

Engagement in the Online Classroom – Webinar presented by AAR’s Teaching and Learning Committee, April 7, 2020

Religion, Public Health, and COVID-19: Tips and Tools for Teaching about Religion Remotely – Webinar hosted by the Public Scholars Project, an initiative of the AAR’s Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum, April 9, 2020

Lessons Learned from a Semester Disrupted: Best Practices for Teaching and Public Scholarship – Webinar hosted by the Public Scholars Project, May 12, 2020