Multimodal Assignment Design

During the week of September 21st - 25th, I will be presenting a 15 minute pre-recorded session titled "Designing, Scaffolding, and Evaluating Multimodal Assignments" at the 2020 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by the Stearns Center at George Mason University. In connection with the video presentation, I have also created a PDF designed … Continue reading Multimodal Assignment Design

Digital Literacy

This week was the first week of fall classes at my institution. While it has been fraught with technology issues like a massive Zoom outage, Blackboard lockout, and Kaltura/MyMedia crash, it has also been exciting to meet my new students and begin some of the conversations central to our courses. In particular, I am excited … Continue reading Digital Literacy

NeMLA 2021 – Digital Pedagogy in the Composition Classroom

I am pleased to announce that my panel proposal for Northeast MLA 2021 has been accepted. Little did I know when I wrote the proposal how pervasive digital approaches to teaching composition would become now that we find ourselves in the middle (?) of a global pandemic. As I write this, it is not yet … Continue reading NeMLA 2021 – Digital Pedagogy in the Composition Classroom

CtrlF – A 1 Minute Podcast on Digital Literacy

This semester I am co-leading a Faculty Learning Community on Multimodal Assignments. This week we are producing one-minute audio compositions with captions and/or transcripts to practice making multimodal compositions which are accessible. Recently I tweeted about my experience volunteering with Computer Core which seeks to help low-income people acquire digital literacy skills. At the same … Continue reading CtrlF – A 1 Minute Podcast on Digital Literacy

How I Replaced the Research Paper in First-year Composition Using The Gelman Library Social Feed Manager

Recently three of my students from the Fall semester of 2018 presented at the Writing and Research Conference hosted by the University Writing program at George Washington University. This conference is designed to showcase the research and writing that first-year students do in their UW courses with current first-year writing students, librarians, and faculty. I … Continue reading How I Replaced the Research Paper in First-year Composition Using The Gelman Library Social Feed Manager

Using Wikipedia in the College Composition Classroom

Last semester, I partnered with the Wikipedia Education Foundation to organize a Wikipedia editing project for my first-year composition students. Using Wikipedia in the classroom has changed the way I think about the production and consumption of knowledge. Like many academics, I had been indoctrinated to think of Wikipedia as a non-reliable source. Period. And … Continue reading Using Wikipedia in the College Composition Classroom

The #DHattheCC Project: Digital Humanities Needs Community Colleges

Check out my guest post on Teaching Pals' Pedagogy and American Literary Studies blog. I'm writing about our #DHattheCC movement and my experiments using DH in the community college classroom.  After attending the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Implementing the Digital Humanities in Community Colleges last summer, I was determined to try … Continue reading The #DHattheCC Project: Digital Humanities Needs Community Colleges

Book Review: Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

BY TAWNYA RAVY • 22 DECEMBER 2015 BOOK BY SALMAN RUSHDIE RANDOM HOUSE, 2015 304 PP.;$28.00 (HARDCOVER), $13.99 (KINDLE) This past September the celebrated and controversial author Salman Rushdie published Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights—his first adult novel since Enchantress of Florencein 2008. Rushdie’s commented that he wondered what it would be like … Continue reading Book Review: Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Rhetoric and Digital Writing: Teaching Blogs in College Composition

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have been on a mission this semester to apply what I learned at the NEH Summer Institute on Implementing the Digital Humanities at Community Colleges. In my college system, College Composition 2 is designed to teach students about rhetoric and composition. Over the years, I have taught this … Continue reading Rhetoric and Digital Writing: Teaching Blogs in College Composition