Your Future Self

The first time I remember reading about "your future self" was in Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project. She gave the example of preparing the coffee machine the night before so all you had to do was enjoy your coffee the next day. It isn't about saving time necessarily, but rather thinking of what your future self … Continue reading Your Future Self

Why Does Grading Feel So Hard?

Tis the season for faculty complaints about grading. Not that I blame them. Grading is the absolute worst part of teaching---just ask any teacher. I myself was feeling incredibly unmotivated to review my students' midterm projects, and then I immediately felt guilty. After all, I am the one who sets the assignments. I am the … Continue reading Why Does Grading Feel So Hard?

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

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