Nicky Didicher, Simon Fraser University

English Senior Lecturer Vancouver, British Columbia didicher@sfu.ca Office: (778) 782-4337

Bio/Research

Dr. Nicky Didicher, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, believes in the efficacy of student-centered learning and works hard to make this her regular practice, not only in classroom activities which encourage various kinds of participation but also in assessment and curriculum. For exam...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Nicky Didicher, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, believes in the efficacy of student-centered learning and works hard to make this her regular practice, not only in classroom activities which encourage various kinds of participation but also in assessment and curriculum. For example, she often gives students agency in designing their assignments and setting their own due dates, and has taught courses in which students chose the works of literature the class would be studying.

Nicky is famous for her innovation, both in course design and the use of technology in teaching. She designed English’s first upper-division writing-intensive CODE course, and the English Department’s only “Q” course, a course on metrics and prosody. A long time user of WebCT , Nicky also promotes collaborative learning through the use of course wikis.

When teaching literatures from historical periods, Nicky brings in works of music, art, etc. to give students a richer understanding of the cultures which produced that literature. She sometimes comes to class in reproduction period clothing, and has been known to get her students to sing and to dance in the classroom. One of her medieval courses features a pot luck banquet with period-appropriate food, and she once served gruel to a class studying Oliver Twist . Nicky works hard to ensure her courses are enjoyable and accessible but challenging, promoting thinking and writing skills.


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