A Thousand Hamlets

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By Sarah Higinbotham, Fan Geng, and Dun Cao What does Shakespeare offer aerospace engineering majors, who often take eighteen hours of computational science, physics, and biochemistry in a typical semester? How does Twelfth Night — Shakespeare’s comedy about the flexibility of language and love — contribute to Georgia Tech students’ analytical skills? And how does King Lear, a tragedy about children who betray and humiliate their fathers, relate to Asian students raised in a culture committed … Continue reading

Semiotic Domains and System Design in The Classroom

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Abstract: The creative student in the Digital Humanities classroom. What does it mean to be a “creative” person in a digital era? Standard practice in the humanities is to divide “critical” activities from “creative” ones. This post is the first in a possible series on the creative student in a digital humanities classroom, wherein I discuss approaches to multimodal projects available in a digital humanities course, as well as the varieties of creative experience available … Continue reading

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


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 of my pedagogy and the subject I teach–multimodal composition–through the lens of football. Taking a multimodal approach to teaching composition … Continue reading

Virtual Worlds: The communities among us


When many of us think of virtual worlds they think of working in or doing things in them, or perhaps in some instances creating things in them. In 2009, there were over 579 million subscribers to virtual worlds (Keegan, 2009) doing things, building things, experiencing things, and playing games. Virtual worlds are computer constructs that simulate the real world in many ways. Different worlds specialize, or feature different environments and specialize in different things. Some … Continue reading

Why I Teach a Composition Class About College

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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 morning’s realization that I went off to college exactly 20 years ago this month. This feels extraordinary. I’m fond of … Continue reading

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

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 who perished on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and in the following months of the Normandy Campaign. In the past fifteen … Continue reading

Translation and Transformation: International Modernism in the Classroom


One of the advantages of teaching at Georgia Tech is the linguistic diversity within any given classroom. Not only is there a wealth of World Englishes, but many of the students are multilingual, with fluencies in a wide variety of spoken/written languages as well as a hyper-fluency in programming languages. As a modernist scholar invested in the increasing emphasis within Anglophone modernist studies on texts and contexts beyond a core of transatlantic works, I’ve found … Continue reading

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 inspiring speech, and how refreshing to see a student who understands that presentations are also performances (I have a hard … Continue reading

Making Editing Multimodal


Like so many writing instructors, I frequently find myself frustrated with what appears to be a lack of attention to editing in the papers I receive from my students.  In the Fall 2013 semester, I tried something new in an effort to address this issue by inviting students to record themselves reading their drafts as a part of their editing process. Too late to make it an assignment in and of itself, I provided an … Continue reading

Theatrical Training in the Multimodal Composition Classroom

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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 other performance work Below, I’d like to explain to interested TECHStyle readers some of the exercises my students and I … Continue reading