Contemplations

On the Oculus Rift and using VR in the classroom.

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

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.

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The V in WOVEN—Student Posters (Part 2)

Oct 11th, 2014 | By

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,

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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

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Why I Teach a Composition Class About College

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
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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

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

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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

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Let Us Remember Female Veteran Writers

May 25th, 2014 | By
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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,

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Taking on the Trivial in English 1102

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
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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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Theatrical Training in the Multimodal Composition Classroom

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
Students including Ethan Telila (L) help me demonstrate how a tension-relieving physical and vocal warmup frees our bodies for expressive performance.  Photo: Josh Ortman.

I run my first-year composition seminar as an acting class several times per semester.  What does that mean?  If you were to visit us, here are some of the things you might witness: physical and vocal warm-ups movement and dance experiments improvisation games observation exercises imagination training scene study discussion of characters’ motivations and actions

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Expect to Be Disappointed? Moby-Dick and ENGL1102 (Part I)

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By
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The title for this post (the first of two) comes from a response I received to a brief writing exercise I assigned to a group of University of Rochester students in a previous semester’s writing class. I was considering the possibility of teaching Moby-Dick in a freshman writing class, and I wanted to get a

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