Finding teaching resources online

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There is already a broad collection of resources to help with teaching anthropology.  Here are some of the best collections to get started with. We will update this regularly as new materials become available.

Discover Anthropology  is a website hosted by the Royal Anthropological Institute, RAI, providing a vast library of information on museum and library collections, newspaper articles, radio programmes and podcasts relevant to anthropology.  It is the place to find resources held by the RAI themselves, including one of the world’s largest ethnographic film library. There is also a dedicated section for teaching anthropology at pre-university stage.

AnthroSchools is part of UCL’s widening participation initiative to broaden the pathway of students into university. They offer open access extracurricular teaching resources and in school activities for teachers and students to learn about anthropology in relation to national curriculum school subjects. The Teaching Resources section provides anthropological material that overlaps with A level subjects to add an exciting, new dimension to course material. Subjects covered are Biology, Geography, History and Psychology. Their free Young Curators Online course is aimed at A level (KS5) students.

Teaching Sapiens is a new, free educational resource from Anthropology magazine SAPIENS. There are four broad themes covering Archaeology, Biological, Linguistic and Cultural Anthropology, divided into introductory units comprised of a brief summary of the subject matter, two SAPIENS articles, a list of keywords, talking points for teachers, academic articles, student discussion questions, activities, and additional resources. 

The Society for Cultural Anthropology also host a great blog series called Teaching Tools. It serves as a growing resource for instructors, teaching assistants and students, covering diverse content from discussion guides and in-class activities to critically reflections on teaching anthropology across all settings.

Teaching and Learning Anthropology (TLA) website is a new companion to the TLA journal and publishes free to use teaching resources.  It’s not the most extensive collection so far but it’s a growing library that’s worth keeping an eye on.  Content categories are divided into teaching tools, teaching strategies and teaching reflections.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology is an open access online teaching and learning resource. It brings together a comprehensive overviews of anthropological concepts written and peer-reviewed by leading academics. Content is organised by topic and is accompanied by a useful syllabus guide for identifying material relevant for the International Baccalaureate (IB).

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