Back to teaching

Sabbatical is done, and I am back to teaching three classes. This is my evening class, full of future middle school and high school English teachers, most of them in their last semester before student teaching. The reaction to Google Glass in this environment is interesting– a bit positive, and fairly curious about its applications […]

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Resources as resources

I’m making my final edits for the online Writing II syllabus and just added more to the “responsibilities” section. This section is a shorter version of an email I send to all online student a week or so before the class begins. The syllabus section used to end with this (hat tip to Steven Krause […]

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Reading season

The air conditioning ran most of yesterday, which means reading season is here. Yes, I have course preps to do, but the pieces of time in-between can include reading. I use my Kindle a lot of the time now, but that does not mean my shelves aren’t full. Keeping them full here and on campus […]

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Accessibility issues and book orders

On one level, this post is all about wanting to use Comic Life with my classes for an analysis project when I know full well that most students will not have it. In fact, most will have PCs and will not be able to use this software outside of a Mac lab. I’m going to […]

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DMAC bound

Thanks to the generosity of my university, I was able to borrow this sweet Macbook Pro to use at DMAC (The Digital Media and Composition Institute at Ohio State University). It’s taking a while to download all those Project 365 photos and video clips, but it’s getting there. I feel like an artist preparing for a […]

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Google Classroom

This is one of those times when I blog in order to save something for later or to give myself time to think about something. Apparently, Google Classroom is now a thing. Joshua Kim of “Blog U” in Inside Higher Ed writes about it, or rather, what he wishes it was. Google Classroom combines elements […]

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Writer/Designer and the composition course

I posted the first of these photos to Facebook, but wanted to also blog here about potential uses for Writer/Designer. There are many–I think Writer/Designer is a flexible little book that could be used for both Writing I and II and also work for both a tech writing and an academic writing focus within those […]

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Asking for what you want in an assignment

Over on Facebook, some of my teaching peers are struggling with an old problem–what to do about the many file formats students will use to turn in work. A semi-new twist has developed: some less-honest students will purposely turn in either a properly labelled incorrect file or a purposely corrupted file to avoid turning in […]

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Après-National Poetry Month and the NaBloPoMo Challenge

This year, in what was probably the most stressful academic year on record for me, I completed the National Poetry month Poem-a-Day Challenge. For those wishing to see the  now password-protected drafts, please contact me (Twitter or Facebook would be a good way) and ask for the password. In any case, truly, this does not […]

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My History Using Blogs as Digital Classroom Space

This is a blog post intended for my ENG 725; Teaching Writing Online class, but also one that others may be interested in too. Yes, I”ve used blogs in the classroom for a long time. What I don’t talk about much though, is how early on I used a blog AS a classroom. My first […]

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