General Reflections on Digital Writing Instructional Technologies

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February 26, 2015

I believe in imperfect teaching–that as an instructor I should embrace experimentation and risk. As a writing teacher it is necessary to acknowledge that audiences, rhetorical situations, and writing practices and technologies are constantly evolving. Traditional models representing the circulation and reception of print documents within a relatively limited communications environment are increasingly out of touch with networked social and global audiences. Twenty-first century texts integrate and dismiss emerging technologies…

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What Good Can We Do In Fifteen Weeks?

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February 22, 2015

As a writing instructor, one of the most challenging aspects of teaching is the limited amount of time I have to spend with my students over the course of the semester. Writing is an incredibly complicated set of practices which takes years of instruction, experimentation, and reflection before a person gains competency to write effectively in a variety of situations. As writers, our students often inhabit a transitional space, moving…

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Access Denied: The Rich Interior Lives of Student Writers

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February 19, 2015

One of my core teaching beliefs is that students have rich interior lives that are more complex and varied than we, as individual instructors, will ever be able to access. Rather than accepting this maxim as a reason for resignation, I’ve come to understand it as a call to empathize with my students. The classroom is a relatively contested space where both students and their instructor must negotiate the complex…

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One of My Favorite Assignments: “Remixing 1984”

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February 15, 2015

(Note: I recently completed a set of materials for an award nomination packet. This post is part of those materials.) Prompt Question: “What is your favorite lesson plan or assignment, and why? Please describe the assignment in answering this question.” It’s difficult to say that I have a favorite assignment. It would be more apt to say that each of my assignments operates differently from one semester to another, depending…

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Statement of Teaching Philosophy (A Version)

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February 12, 2015

(Note: I recently completed a set of materials for an award nomination packet. This post is part of those materials.) Students and instructors need to share in learning from each other. I think one of the most destructive tendencies an instructor can introduce into the classroom is take on the role of the source of knowledge, expertise, and institutional capital. No only is this counter-productive, in most classrooms, it is…

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Coming Up for Air: Surfacing in Chicago

I’ve not been all that public about my new position at Columbia College Chicago. Fifty years ago, people would have called it radio silence. But in this age of the always-on newsfeed this silence merits little note. Except my own. Because the silence has been mine. And hopefully, now it’s over. Moving is complicated. So is a new job. And a new city. And saying goodbye to friends. And a…

September 19, 2013
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Google Glasses: Love it. Fear it. Love it. Fear it.

I find this concept video, though likely at least a few years off, really exciting. Exciting enough that I would actually start saving for it now, if I had confidence it were actually coming soon. However, it’s a Google project. Other than Search (game changer), Reader (awesome, but dying) Gmail (better than most) and Docs (people only really use it because it’s Google), Google tends to seriously screw up or…

April 4, 2012
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Google Glasses: Love it. Fear it. Love it. Fear it.

I find this concept video, though likely at least a few years off, really exciting. Exciting enough that I would actually start saving for it now, if I had confidence it were actually coming soon. However, it’s a Google project. Other than Search (game changer), Reader (awesome, but dying) Gmail (better than most) and Docs (people only really use it because it’s Google), Google tends to seriously screw up or…

April 4, 2012
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Engaging Student Commenting Practices in the Classroom: All Paper or Digital, Too?

My good friend, Matt Dowell, wrote a long, thoughtful comment on one of my posts from last week: “Reading, Writing, Marking, & Difficulty: Re-Reading Salvatori in Light of Digital Writing Practices.” I wanted to take some time and give his comment to attendant response it deserves. I posted it as a comment in the original post, but I thought it might warrant an entry all it’s own. I’ve changed the…

February 20, 2010
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Engaging Student Commenting Practices in the Classroom: All Paper or Digital, Too?

My good friend, Matt Dowell, wrote a long, thoughtful comment on one of my posts from last week: “Reading, Writing, Marking, & Difficulty: Re-Reading Salvatori in Light of Digital Writing Practices.” I wanted to take some time and give his comment to attendant response it deserves. I posted it as a comment in the original post, but I thought it might warrant an entry all it’s own. I’ve changed the…

February 20, 2010
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