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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Using Twitter for Professional Development

I remember when Twitter was new. This is not my first post about it, having written a post for my Writing I students back in 2012 and other posts on my earlier blog, Techsophist that have now disappeared. I’ve been using Twitter for a long time now, since 2007, and I definitely have a perspective […]

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Wiki-Wiki

This post is for my ENG 725: Teaching Writing Online class, but others are welcome to read it too. Oh, the wiki. So lightheartedly named, so prone to being fundamentally a part of what we do online that we don’t even think of it unless we think of Wikipedia, and much of the muttering about […]

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What Do We Teach When We Teach Writing Online

That is the title for module two of my Teaching Writing Online course and it’s a tricky question. We intend to teach students to write, but the core of the answer lies in how we do it. One thing is certain: we cannot teach a process by simply giving students access to materials and expecting […]

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Choosing a Blog

In my ENG 725: Teaching Writing Online class this spring, one of the things they will be doing is reflective readings responses. That should be no surprise, especially in an online class where face-to-face discussion takes some mediated contortioning. I know blogs seem so old-school now, but really, I have yet to find anything better […]

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Getting started with Teaching Writing Online

I’m teaching a graduate seminar in rhetoric and composition this semester and next week is the first week, the week to get our collective feet wet, and while we’re splashing in that virtual brook, be like Phaedrus and Socrates on that riverbank and ask some deep questions about what it is we do and how […]

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Childhood Should Be Multimodal

I’m beginning the prepwork for Fall 2012 now, and book orders were so long ago that I’m rechecking to see what books I ordered! In doing that, I see that my memory is correct: I ordered Cynthia Selfe’s Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers for both my ENG 520 and my ENG 726 classes. The first […]

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The Multimodal Poem Assignment

I’ve done a multimodal poetry assignment successfully for Intro to Poetry for quite some time now, and once students see what can be done with multiple modalities in poetry, some good things can happen. Sure, there is less reliance on text, but the goal is to still have the same quality with the text, but […]

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Exploratory Writing

One of the two larger writing assignments in the blended Writing I I’m teaching is an exploratory essay, a form of writing that my students have not experienced before. That does not surprise me. The exploratory essay isn’t really an end unto itself, although a good exploratory can be very readable on its own. No, […]

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Somebody Else’s Problem [A Writing I Post]

Note: The schedule says this, but here it is again: the SP2 is due this Friday (2/24) by noon. The LP1 is due in the workshop link by the usual time–one hour before class on Monday (2/27). Also, bring a LP1 printout for in-class peer review on Monday (2/27). In Douglas Adams’s Hicthhiker’s Guide to the […]

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