Guides & Templates

Decolonizing our Assessment Practices

Professor Marina del Sol shared her presentation slides (which includes possible in-class activities), rubric models and a valuable reflective exercise for teachers.

Resources: Decolonizing Assessment and Designing Multimodal Assignments 

Teaching with Baltimore’s Chicory Magazine

Professor Mary Rizzo provided a google doc with workshop materials, including links to Chicory Magazine and sample lesson plans and classroom exercises using materials from this archive. 

Resource: Teaching with Chicory

Photovoice: Art at the Center of Humanities Research and Pedagogy 

Professor Gina Lewis provided a google doc with workshop materials including a sample Photovoice exercise for students and links to open access tools for media-rich projects such as Padlet, Canva, and Adobe Express. More information about Photovoice can be found here:

Resource: Photovoice Materials

Revealing Invisible Histories: Public Histories and the Humanities Classroom

Professor Natasha Cole-Leonard and Poet Abdul Ali have provided a google doc with several prompts that can be used in the classroom.

Resource: Sample Prompts

Sharing Stories: Cultivating Partnerships through Digital Storytelling

Professor ​Charlotte Keniston shared a WeVideo Basic Editing Guide that you’ll find useful. If you’re interested in learning more about Digital Storytelling at UMBC, visit

Resource: WeVideo Basic Editing Guide.

Holding Space for Student Voices: Zines as a Tool for Action

Jennifer White-Johnson has provided some links on the google doc below. In the link, you’ll see some of Jen’s favorite Zinesters and Zine Collectives, DIY Zines for the classroom and more!

Resource:  Link to Jen’s Resources  and Link to Zine Templates

Movement Relationships: Connecting Through Embodied Practice and Co-Creation 

Professor Jill Vasbinder, Allie Gardner, and Ximena Monroy Rocha have provided a guide to the Gesture Exercise and Eye-contact on-screen exercises.

Resource: Movement Relationship Exercises

Teaching in the Time of COVID: Keepers and Takeaways

This collaborative document from our May 7, 2021, HTLab includes tools, techniques, and theoretical shifts that participants plan to carry back into the in-person classroom.

Resource: Teaching in the time of COVID: Keepers and Takeaways


Accessible Syllabus Design Exercise

In their HTLab Accessible Teaching: Collective and Participatory Approaches, Dr. Aimi Hamraie provided a resource-sharing accessible syllabus design exercise in which users can update a document in real-time with ideas and examples of how to construct a syllabus that centers accessibility.

Resource: Accessible Syllabus Design Exercise


The Dr. Muhammad Experience: Three Templates for Community-Engaged Social Justice Pedagogy

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad provides three templates for pedagogical transformation focused on social justice based on her teaching with The Dr. Muhammad Experience.

Resource: The Dr. Muhammad Experience: Three Templates for Community-Engaged Social Justice Pedagogy


Understanding Incarceration: Virtual Tour Resources for Students

Resource: Understanding Incarceration: Virtual Tour Resources for Students


Community Partnership Guide

Courtesy of Joby Taylor and Professor Brian Kaufman, the UMBC Shriver Center lists their partnership values, principles, and practices in this guide presented during the HTLab In Harmony: Building and Sustaining Community Partnerships.

Resource: Shriver Partnership Values, Principles, and Practices


Tree Mapping Resources 

In her HTLab Mapping the Lived Environment, Dr. Jean Lee Cole shared two tree mapping assignment prompts and a syllabus from her class “Reading Trees.”

Resources: Govans Forest Assignment Prompt

Tree StoryMap Activity Promp

“Reading Trees” Syllabus


Digital Storytelling Resource Links

A list of resources with links for digital storytelling including resource centers, software, and online images.

Resource: Digital Storytelling Resources (Links)


Intercultural Tales Storyboard

A storyboard template from the Intercultural Tales digital storytelling project.

Resource: Intercultural Tales Storyboard Template


Video & Audio Editing Guide

A step-by-step guide for editing video and audio to create a digital story.

Resource: Digital Story Editing Guide


Digital Storytelling Rubrics

Digital storytelling rubrics from the Telling Intercultural Tales HTLab led by Dr. Tania Lizarazo and Dr. Thania Muñoz D.

Resources: Digital Storytelling Rubric 1  Digital Storytelling Rubric 2


Textshop Experiments Pedagogy Pop Up

Edited by a former UMBC doctoral student, this is a free open source set of articles about teaching online.

Resource: Pedagogy Pop Up


Exploring Social Inclusion Through Digital Storytelling

A template from Dr. Antonia Liguori’s workshop on Digital Storytelling, using the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Resource:  DS_social_inclusion_ALiguori (1)


Tips for Recorded Interviews 

For scholars and teachers doing community-engaged work that focuses on interviewing community members, see the American Folklife Center’s tips for recorded interviews:

Resource: AFC_interview-guide (1)


Transcription and Crowdsourcing 

Born out of the first HTLab, a Frederick Douglass transcription marathon, this is a list of ongoing transcription and crowdsourcing projects to which the public is invited to contribute. See also the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Freedman’s Bureau Transcription guide: Freedmans Bureau FAQs

Resource: Douglass Day_ Resources for Crowdsourcing


Adobe Spark Multimedia Essay Project

An assignment template and rubric from Dr. Eliseo Jacob‘s workshop on using Adobe Spark for a social justice multimedia essay project in his Brazilian Hip Hop course at Howard University.

Resource: social justice project instructions


Audacity Audio Editing Tutorial 


The Story of a Course: A Reflective Learning Analysis 

In the “Online Teaching: Hits and Misses” HTLab, Dr. Carole McCann shared this prompt for a reflect course analysis assignment that invites students to reflect not just on course content, but on the experience of the course itself in a more personal way.

Resource: Final Learning Analysis