SoS 56- Hackademics: (Un)grading with Susan Blum

This week on our next installment of Hackademics, we discuss pedagogical practices in higher education with Dr. Susan Blum. This episode delves into classroom practices to promote learning, from (un)grading to physical environments. Dr. Blum is Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame, whose research focuses on the big question, “What does the world look and feel like to people, and what are the factors that shaped those views?”. Dr. Blum has also spent years reading and writing about learning and teaching practices, applying anthropological perspectives to the classroom.

To learn more about her, check out her university webpage, send her an email at, or follow her on Twitter @SusanDebraBlum. Additional resources to learn more about learning and teaching include the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website at or the Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at, as well as Dr. Blum’s book, “I love learning; I hate school.”: An Anthropology of College.

The Sausage of Science is produced by Cara Ocobock and Chris Lynn, with assistance from Junior Service Fellow Caroline Owens for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. The song in the soundbed is “Always Lyin’” by the Morning Shakes.

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Caroline Owens, Email:, Twitter: @careowens

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