Contemplations

Nastygram: Faculty and Cyberbullying

Feb 7th, 2015 | By
Nastygram-final02

Wading into the ongoing and lively discussion about the “Dear Student” series in Vitae, Corey Sparks noted on Twitter that “Working hard on behalf of students and complaining about them aren’t mutually exclusive categories.” The profession largely agrees, though our discourse on our work leads many of us to call The Chronicle of Higher Education

[continue reading…]



TECHStyle Guide for Authors

Feb 7th, 2015 | By

With the design changes coming to TECHStyle, the editorial board has decided to create a guide for potential TECHStyle authors.  We’re not changing the overall editorial vision of TECHStyle since its founding: to be an important contributor to academic and public conversations about digital pedagogy and the digital humanities, as well as to provide a

[continue reading…]



On the Oculus Rift and using VR in the classroom

Feb 7th, 2015 | By
oculusworlddemo screenshot

On the Oculus Rift and using VR in the classroom. On October 22, 2014, Stephen Addcox and Joshua Hussey conducted a demonstration of the Oculus Rift (DevKit 1).   (In the darkened space of DevLab, Eric Rettberg, Stephen Addcox, Nicole Lobdell, and Joshua Hussey take turns stepping into augmented realities through the Oculus Rift headset.

[continue reading…]



Offseason Musings: Football, Pedagogy, and the Multimodal Composition Classroom

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
secgametweet

College football is increasingly in the news, and usually for all of the wrong reasons. One of the most concerning things for educators is the relationship between the academic and athletic programs at our nation’s colleges and universities. And it is a tenuous, problematic relationship, undoubtedly. Imagine my surprise then when I found myself thinking

[continue reading…]



The V in WOVEN—Student Posters (Part 2)

Oct 11th, 2014 | By
slide5

When I invite students to use social media for more formal assignments, they say they find writing “definitely enjoyable” and “more entertaining” in that they bring more “academic focus” to the their digital lives. Consumed primarily for instrumental reasons (glued to their mobile devices, like the rest of us, students text, post, like, tweet, google,

[continue reading…]



Teaching Composition with Interactive Fiction, Part Three

Sep 4th, 2014 | By

In two earlier posts in this series, I gave an overview of why I use interactive fiction games in my composition classes, and described an “easy way” to do this: that is, using these games as “the reading” for a course unit.  If you’re just joining us and you want to get a quick idea

[continue reading…]



Why I Teach a Composition Class About College

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
Screen shot 2014-08-30 at 2.05.17 PM

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

[continue reading…]



Embedded Librarianship in the Multimodal Classroom

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

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

[continue reading…]



Let Us Not Forget the Forgotten – Letter from France on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Jun 9th, 2014 | By
Francois Hollande and Barack Obama with D-Day Veterans in Normandy. June 6, 2014

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

[continue reading…]



Let Us Remember Female Veteran Writers

May 25th, 2014 | By
Women in Military

George Packer, in his review in the The New Yorker, “Home Fries: How soldiers write their wars,” (April 7, 2014) gives a good overview of contemporary war literature except for the fact that he almost completely disregards one of the most interesting and complex bodies of work by American veterans today – the memoirs, poems,

[continue reading…]