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e-Pages: What?

posted: 3.20.13 by Barclay Barrios

So what was it like using one of the selections from e-Pages?

Well, for starters, it’s one of the few times I’ve ever had students “like” a reading. I won’t claim that had anything to do with having the reading online; I think it had a lot more to do with the subject matter (as one student described it, “it’s about that MySpace porn star”) and the fact that the events of the essay took place in South Florida, not far from our school.  About the usual number of students actually did the reading, with about the same mix of those using laptops in class and those who had printed the reading.  For my students, it seems like it was just another reading.

What I found far more interesting was my own reaction to the reading.  I live and breathe technology.  I’ve taught whole classes using just PDFs and my iPad. I grade electronically, too. But I just couldn’t read this essay online. I had to print it out so that I could attack it properly: highlighting, underlining, annotating. [read more]

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Writing is a Public Act: Take One

posted: 3.15.13 by archived

Over the past several years, I’ve added a new section to my course syllabus or User’s Manual called “Writing is a Public Act.” In The Paperless Writing Class, all writing is public. As in most writing classes, I ask students to share formal papers in small groups and occasionally I ask individual students to allow me to discuss their writing with the entire class (they can, of course, decline). Nothing revolutionary here.

I also reserve the right to share students’ low-stakes, write-to-learn writing with the class at any point in the semester. This second bit, about sharing informal or write-to-learn writing is, to my way of thinking, the more innovative and perhaps risky practice, so I offer students an “out,” if they want it, by letting them know that if this policy absolutely creates a problem for them they can talk to me about it and we can find a solution. No one seems to care, though. They’re either too busy to give this policy much thought or too accustomed, already, to seeing their words, even their tentative, unpolished words, hanging out there in public, online.

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e-Pages: How?

posted: 3.13.13 by Barclay Barrios

So before we even got to discussing our reading from Emerging’s e-Pages in class, I ran into my first challenge: how do you cite an online selection in a print anthology?

I’ve almost gotten the hang of the new MLA format for citations (emphasis on almost) but this is an entirely different beast—a truly hybrid one.  The question was tricky enough for me to run it by my editor who, in turn, ran it by one of Bedford’s handbooks editors, who finally suggested that it be cited with respect to its original format (thus, a short web piece would be cited as a short web piece, a video as a video, and so on).

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