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Being Transformers

posted: 4.23.14 by Elizabeth Wardle and Douglas Downs

Guest blogger Nichole Stack has been an instructor with UCF’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric since 2010. Having worked with diverse student populations around the nation and abroad for about 16 years, she has witnessed quite a range of growth in the field of teaching and learning. [read more]

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Encouraging Community College Students to Emerge

posted: 4.23.14 by Barclay Barrios

Today’s guest blogger is Barbara Hamilton, an Assistant Professor of English andWorld Literature at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey, where she also serves as Honors Coordinator and Director of the Peer Tutoring Program.  Barbara also teaches upper-level literature courses for William Paterson University and was a past campus coordinator for the Rutgers Writing Program. [read more]

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Accidental Gamification

posted: 4.22.14 by Traci Gardner

Gamification is booming recently. Everywhere I look, I find someone talking about gamifying something. Charities are using games to raise awareness and connect with potential supporters. Businesses are exploring strategies to incorporate gamification in the workplace as well as in the hiring process. There are apps that gamify everyday life. [read more]

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Reading, Writing, Multimedia—and Sisyphus

posted: 4.22.14 by Susan Naomi Bernstein

During a recent trip out of town, I assigned students an independent study project that combined writing, reading, and multimedia. The assignment reached the students’ inboxes via blackboard during a time when I was away from email and could not respond to questions. My absence from email was purposeful. [read more]

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Finding a Voice

posted: 4.21.14 by Nancy Sommers

Voice is that elusive category we talk about with students—“find your voice,” we urge, as if they left it somewhere, in a dresser drawer, perhaps, or as if they could purchase it on Amazon.  But there is no lost and found drawer for voice, no way to shop for it, or seek it out.  Voice is something students have to write their way into, something that takes practice and play, and numerous attempts while listening for their own idiosyncratic take on the world.  [read more]

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Whole Lotta Multimodalin’ Goin’ On

posted: 4.18.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Think 1957.  Think the inimitable Jerry Lee Lewis.  Or Elvis Presley.  Both sang about a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

I said come on over baby,

a-whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Yeah I said come on over baby,

a-whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Well we ain’t fakin’,

a-whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

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A Clash of Freedoms

posted: 4.18.14 by Donna Winchell

A headline from Fox News captures the controversy perfectly: “Mozilla CEO resignation over anti-gay marriage contribution raises free-speech issues.” The article opens, “The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.” [read more]

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The Time Squeeze in the Teaching of Writing

posted: 4.16.14 by Nedra Reynolds

I find myself to be increasingly frustrated with how short semesters have become.  Where does the time go?  If writers need time, ownership, and response (Atwell), I can provide ownership and response, but I can’t give them much by way of time when so many cultural forces are conspiring to eat away at it.  [read more]

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The Shadow of the Chuckle Patch: Teaching Students Who Will Never Be English Majors

posted: 4.16.14 by Barclay Barrios

Today’s guest blogger is Anthony Lioi—an ecocritic, Americanist, and compositionist who works at the Juilliard School, where he also directs the Writing Center. He earned the BA at Brown University and the MA and Ph.D. at Rutgers University and held positions at Rutgers and MIT before taking his current position. [read more]

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Campus-Wide Handbook Adoption

posted: 4.15.14 by Steve Bernhardt

A few weeks back, I wrote about a visit to the University of Georgia to learn more about how they were using Writer’s Help in conjunction with their home-grown Emma software, a program that supports peer and instructor review and commentary. We learned recently that UGA would be moving to a campus-wide adoption of Writer’s Help, meaning all students would have four-year access. [read more]

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