Swipe Right: Creating a Cryptid Dating Profile as an Academic Assessment

Mary Sellers (Penn State University)

We are all familiar with the research paper as a method to show student understanding of a topic. But have you considered a dating site? This talk provides an alternate assignment type suitable for a folklore class or other humanities-based research class. This assignment combines scholarly and primary source research with creativity, providing greater student engagement. It draws on the representations of cryptids as queer cultural icons and can be easily used for groups or for an online class. Participants will learn the steps to implement this assignment and the methodology behind it.

Part of 04-02 Folklore Methodologies in Teaching and Learning, Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am