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Blogging as Pedagogy

posted: 8.21.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Colleague Adam Banks and students in our Bread Loaf summer course on Writing, Technologies, and Digital Cultures gave me a link to Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano’s blog, Langwitches, and specifically to a posting in which she argues for the pedagogical value of blogging. [read more]

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AMP’d for Teaching

posted: 8.20.14 by Barclay Barrios

We recently snagged a large grant from our school’s technology fee to outfit AMP, our Advanced Media Production lab.  It’s filled with geeky love including 15 high-end fully-kitted iMacs, a clutch of HD video cameras, a Livescribe pen, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, and a 3D scanner and printer. [read more]

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On Using the Handbook

posted: 8.20.14 by Steve Bernhardt

I’ll be visiting the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse (and perhaps University of Minnesota-Duluth) next week to talk with their instructors about using Writer’s Help. Lacrosse was an early and enthusiastic adopter; Duluth’s decision to use WH was much more recent.

It would be a shame to adopt a book and not get good value from it, but I know that happens a lot. You may remember when we used to require that all students buy a college desk dictionary such as Merriam Webster’s (and many arrived with such graduation gifts for their dorm rooms), but we seldom did much with the dictionary. We presumed students would use it as needed. I don’t think that works. [read more]

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Do You Do ALP?

posted: 8.14.14 by Andrea Lunsford

This past summer, I had a chance to attend the 2014 National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education, held in Baltimore and organized by the ALP group at the Community College of Baltimore County.  This is a program that Peter Adams founded some years ago and is now being coordinated by Jamey Gallagher and Susan Gabriel; it has also spread to an impressive 178 colleges, and five states are moving toward implementing statewide adoption of ALP. [read more]

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A Sign of the Times

posted: 8.14.14 by Jack Solomon

One wouldn’t ordinarily consider an opinion piece by Robert J. Samuelson—The Washington Post‘s top economics columnist—as a candidate for semiotic analysis.  But a recent column of Samuelson’s reveals so much about the current state of American consciousness that it is quite useful for illuminating an important part of the background needed for the construction of any system being constructed for the purpose of cultural analysis. [read more]

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Teaching Arwa Aburawa’s “Veiled Threat”: Radical French Graffiti

posted: 8.13.14 by Barclay Barrios

I love Arwa Aburawa’s contribution to Emerging, “Veiled Threat: The Guerrilla Graffiti of Princess Hijab” (p. 27).  It’s wonderfully complex for an essay that’s relatively brief, touching on questions of religion, politics, commercialism, and art.  What I love most about it is the way the reader has to suss out whether or not Princess Hijab’s art is radical or conservative, as it has been read both ways.  [read more]

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More on Graphics and Copyright

posted: 8.12.14 by Traci Gardner

Last week, I shared some of the resources that I use to teach students about Graphics, Copyright, and Creative Commons. Since I wrote that post, two more useful resources crossed my desk: a copyright flowchart and a case for discussing copyright. [read more]

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Basic Writing Back to School Specials

posted: 8.11.14 by Susan Naomi Bernstein

This should have been an easy post to write. Who doesn’t love a back to school special? Yet, so many of us, students and teachers alike, experience contradictory emotions as August begins. Although summer doesn’t end officially for more than a month, August commences the season of longing. The summer—apparently endless by mid-July— seems so short. Even in those summers when I was involved in teaching, service, or looking for work, the arrival of August gave me pause.  Whether we are teachers or students, we have begun the season of transitions. [read more]

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Flashback to 1978

posted: 8.7.14 by Andrea Lunsford

I’ve been cleaning out all my files in my university office – about time, too, since I retired 18 months ago! – and it’s been one blast from the past after another.  I’ve come on all kinds of drafts of early articles and also some priceless student work.  But the thing that really took me back was a newspaper article from 1978.  [read more]

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Writing-about-Writing (Centers)

posted: 8.6.14 by Elizabeth Wardle and Douglas Downs

Guest blogger Megan Lambert is a Rhetoric & Composition M.A. candidate at UCF. This is her second year teaching first-year composition courses with UCF’s Department of Writing & Rhetoric as a Graduate Teaching Associate, and she also works as a graduate assistant and tutor in UCF’s University Writing Center. She is currently working on her thesis project, which explores how tutors use writing resources to address composition concerns and facilitate learning opportunities in writing consultations.

For teachers of writing, the writing center serves as a valuable academic resource for their students, offering assistance with assignments at any stage of the writing process. [read more]

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