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Building Bridges Between Words and Worlds: A Poetic Celebration of Diversity

Imagine a bay. The word “bay” may conjure up scenic images of calm, turquoise blue waters, of expansive coastal sand dunes, or of bustling marinas. The imagined landscape, unsurprisingly, may vary widely from one person to another. And yet, whenever I assign my students to read Robin Wall Kimmerer’s essay “Learning the Grammar of Animacy,”

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Welcome to TECHStyle - an online forum for digital pedagogy and research by the Brittain Fellows at Georgia Tech.
Who are we?
The Marion L. Brittain Post-Doctoral Fellows teach first-year composition and technical communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. In the classroom, Brittain Fellows use innovative digital pedagogy to teach multimodal communication skills. In their own research, the “Britts” work in diverse fields, from traditional literary studies to digital game studies to scientific discourse.  TECHStyle publishes contributions from all Brittain Fellows, past and present, as well as guest bloggers from all areas of academe.
What is TECHStyle?
TECHStyle is the hub of the Brittain Fellowship. Here you will find posts from Brittain Fellows on topics related to teaching, research, technology, and life in academics.  Posts range from scholarly articles in development to brief reflections on new teaching strategies.  TECHStyle is also a venue for debate on questions related to pedagogy and scholarship as well as a message board for news, announcements, committee reports, and calls for participation.  TECHStyle gives voice to a vibrant community of innovative scholars and teachers and opens up that conversation to the world.


Screen shot 2014-08-30 at 2.05.17 PM Why I Teach a Composition Class About College

This weekend I planned class sessions for my “Fictional Life of College” composition course, sent emails, pet my cats, talked with a friend about going to poetry readings, worked on my book at a coffee shop, and talked with my partner about a linguistic theorist. All pretty ordinary for a college teacher. Except for Saturday

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Embedded Librarianship in the Multimodal Classroom

Authors: Kathleen Hanggi, Assistant Professor of English, Doane College Alison Valk, Multimedia Instructional Librarian, Georgia Institute of Technology WHEN you think about librarians partnering with faculty, traditionally what may come to mind are simple one-shot workshops, assistance in finding resources, or any number of brief interactions. Rarely are librarians involved in the development of class topics

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Francois Hollande and Barack Obama with D-Day Veterans in Normandy. June 6, 2014 Let Us Not Forget the Forgotten – Letter from France on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

In his D-Day speech on the beaches of Normandy, French president Francois Hollande not only paid his respects to the some 150,000 Allied soldiers who sacrificed everything to bring one of the world’s most tyrannical regimes to an end. He also declared that it was time to recognize the sacrifice of the 20,000 French civilians

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Digital Pedagogy

2014-04-18_2007 Mock Interviews with Contemporary African American Writers

My “English 1102: African American Literature from the Harlem Renaissance to the Digital Present” students’ final assignment this term was a version of one that Anne Sexton gave in her “Anne on Anne” course at Colgate University in the spring of 1972. Sexton taught a class on her own poetry and her teaching notes for it are in

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Teachable Moments

mosaic2 Taking on the Trivial in English 1102

When this school year began, everyone was talking about the GT convocation video that went viral. “You can do that!” was the theme of the speech, where “that” meant things like changing the world, crushing the shoulders of giants, and building the Iron Man Suit. Big ideas! Big risks! Epic theme music! It was an

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Britt News

imagetext Rachel Dean-Ruzicka and Aaron Kashtan in ImageTexT

Issue 7.2 of ImageTexT features two third-year Brittain Fellows. Read Rachel Dean-Ruzicka’s essay, “Mourning and Melancholia in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”, and Aaron Kashtan’s review of Projections: Comics and the History of Twenty-First Century Storytelling.          Tweet This Post


Rebecca Burnett on the Brittain Fellowship and Social Justice: A New Podcast Episode!

We at TECHStyle are proud to present our third episode of the podcast, starring Dr. Rebecca Burnett, the director of the Writing and Communication Program in the School of  Literature, Media, and Communication and the Director of the Brittain post-doctoral program, both here at Georgia Tech. This episode is the first of a two-part series. 

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