What You REALLY Need to Be Productive

(Nerd Alert!) I happen to love academic productivity advice, but a lot of it is CRAP-tastic for early career academics. At best it glosses over the real systemic issues facing EC academics; at worst it is insulting. I personally find it oddly comforting to listen to podcasts about paper planners and read posts about finding … Continue reading What You REALLY Need to Be Productive

Teaching Tip Tuesday: What Students Say is the Most Useful Thing They Learned for Research Writing

This post is a little bit for my fellow composition instructors, but also relevant for anyone who assigns research projects. A few years ago, I was looking for advice on how to better organize research for a specific writing project. I had already developed a handy way to capture research for future, unspecified uses (more … Continue reading Teaching Tip Tuesday: What Students Say is the Most Useful Thing They Learned for Research Writing

10 Tips for Virtual, Synchronous Participation

I was actually going to write about a different topic this week, but in a recent meeting a colleague mentioned how fatigued she was because her virtual synchronous sessions were basically all black boxes with the same four students participating each time. This particular colleague is up for a pretty rad teaching award this year, … Continue reading 10 Tips for Virtual, Synchronous Participation

A “Less is More” Feedback Model for Online Writing Intensive Classes

Last semester I was asked to help facilitate a short workshop on strategies for providing feedback on low-stakes work in online writing-intensive (WIT) classes. It seems the pivot to online instruction has left faculty overwhelmed with the amount of written feedback they think is necessary in an online class. I should mention that *most* of … Continue reading A “Less is More” Feedback Model for Online Writing Intensive Classes

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