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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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Teaching Composition with Interactive Fiction, Part Two

Sep 14th, 2013 | By
Plotkin's tutorial game

In an earlier post, I explained why I think interactive fiction (IF) computer games can drive valuable experiments in the multimodal composition classroom.  You can check out Part One for an overview of what IF is and what I think it can do for students.  In the present post, I’ll lay out a few more

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Teaching Composition with Interactive Fiction

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Note, in this excerpt from Plotkin's tutorial game, how the player-character and the narrative voice take turns typing to each other.

Regular readers of TECHStyle may remember my mentioning, back in September, my plans to use interactive fiction (“IF”) computer games in my multimodal composition classes.  After two semesters of teaching students to read, play, and write IF games, I can say that the experiment was mostly a success.  While we faced a few frustrations (largely

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Disciplinary Boundaries and the Multimodal Classroom

Sep 19th, 2011 | By

Disciplinary Boundaries and the Multimodal Classroom: Professional Resistance in English Departments Three key themes: 1. The Multimodal Classroom: Digital Pedagogy (Michelle DiMeo) 2. Interdisciplinary Research and the Job Market (Chris Weedman) 3. Navigating the Disciplinary Minefield: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Composition (Kate Tanski) 1. The Multimodal Classroom How do we

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The Parachut<e>: Post-assessment Peer Review?

Feb 13th, 2011 | By

The Parachut<e> addresses broader issues of digital pedagogy in the context of an advice column for piloters of the <emma> LMS at Georgia Tech.  For those of you who are new to The Parachut<e> and <emma>, you can find a more detailed discussion of both here. This week’s post evolved from a number of different sources.

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End of Semester Wrap-Up: Thinking about Feedback

Dec 23rd, 2010 | By

At the end of the semester I like to take some time to look back at the classes I just taught and evaluate how they actually turned out.  It always feels like a leap of faith to me, trusting that the syllabus I created in the quiet summer months and the carefully crafted assignments I

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End of Semester Wrap-Up: Science and Pseudoscience

Dec 22nd, 2010 | By

Students who went to these labs encountered fields of knowledge that they did not know existed.

Cyber Creole? Tweeting and Texting in the Caribbean Creates a New Digital Second Language

Dec 1st, 2010 | By

Last month, while attending a Caribbean Island Cultures conference held at the University of Guyana in Georgetown, Guyana, I was jolted out of my usual polite conference attentiveness when a series of papers suddenly shifted away from the usual focus on such traditional island cultures as Storytelling, Carnival or post-colonial inequalities, to the effects of

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YouTube in the Classroom: A Frustrating Archive?

Nov 12th, 2010 | By

This semester, I have been using YouTube as a pedagogical tool while also reading about views on the worth of this site and others like it in the classroom.  These experiences have given me a good sense of the ideals that we as teacher-scholars bring with us in our encounters with social networking sites, and

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Future Media Fest: Recap – Public, Private, or Corporate?

Oct 11th, 2010 | By

The Future Media Fest emphasized, for me, the increasing tension between the public sphere and private enterprise or, in other words, the struggle between corporate profit and public good over the move to more collective forms of identity. In my first post, on the Startup Technology Showcase, I looked at several new applications and suggested

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