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Multimodal Mondays: Prezis and Source Use: Engaging in a Multimodal Annotated Bibliography

posted: 3.23.15 by Andrea Lunsford

Jessie Miller is a Master’s Candidate in Written Communication at Eastern Michigan University, where she teaches first-year composition and consults in the University Writing Center. In her Master’s project, she uses discourse analysis to analyze the language First-Year Writing instructors use in assignment sheets where they ask their students to compose digitally. Her research (and her Master’s degree) will be completed in April 2015. 

Since I began teaching, I have been increasingly interested in the role technology plays in the composition classroom. Last year at Cs, I presented a digital pedagogy poster on how I engaged with social media and technology in my classroom. For one of the large projects of the semester I assigned a multimodal transformation of my students’ research essays. They had to re-envision their essay on a social media platform of their choosing (i.e. Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.). As I worked through this assignment with my class, I found myself negotiating the affordances and limitations of each platform with my students. Digital multimodal projects, I had realized, could easily become unwieldy. [read more]

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Multimodal Mondays: Re/Mixing Multimodal Assignments Across Courses and Disciplines

posted: 2.9.15 by Andrea Lunsford

Today’s guest blogger is Jeanne Law Bohannon.

When I begin a new semester, I try to make time to reflect on my pedagogy and its implications/opportunities for student-scholars across my courses and across disciplines.  This semester, I have actually done it! You may recall that last fall I blogged on a Multimodal Monday about Gaming Vlogcasting. I wanted to take that assignment and re/mix it for a different audience and purpose.  [read more]

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Are indexes obsolete?

posted: 1.29.15 by Andrea Lunsford

A posting on the Free Library Blog recently caught my eye, particularly the following paragraph:

Most students also don’t know that many books are indexed. Thus they are unaware that the nature of the assignment might not require that they read the whole work, but rather that they use the index to find the relevant sections which address their own topic. As long as they understand that context matters and learn to read efficiently within a work, they need not be defeated by hundreds of pages of text. Without these skills, it’s a safe bet they haven’t been introduced to bibliographies, chasing notes, or any myriad of other useful appendixes at the back of the book. (See What students (and often their teachers and their principals) don’t know about research and an enriching liberal education.)

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Claims and the Research Essay

posted: 10.31.14 by Donna Winchell

A significant part of many argumentation courses is the research essay. We teach our students how to find and evaluate sources and how to use them to support a claim. When a substantial amount of time is spent on the research unit, a sequence of assignments based on the same body of research provides a way to use course time more efficiently and reinforces the differences among the different types of claims taught when using the Toulmin Model. [read more]

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Writing BY HAND

posted: 7.16.14 by Nedra Reynolds

At the end of my last post, I vowed to “spend some time this summer thinking about assignments or activities that will ask students to spend just a little more time in the deep end.”

The deep end, of course, requires actual swimming and not just floating, paddling, or splashing around. It has become challenging to engage students in complex texts (their own or others’) when their brains are becoming addicted to distractions, as Nicholas Carr discusses in The Shallows.

So what is a writing teacher to do? [read more]

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Multimodal Mondays: Working Together to Evaluate a Wikipedia Article

posted: 10.28.13 by Andrea Lunsford

Collaboration is a key part of writing for many people today, and as I’ve noted elsewhere, I’m a big fan of collaborative projects. Here’s an idea for a collaborative project that asks students to evaluate an article from perhaps the most familiar collaborative project of them all, Wikipedia. [read more]

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Multimodal Mondays: Designing an Effective Infographic to Support an Argument

posted: 10.21.13 by Andrea Lunsford

In today’s highly visual culture, it’s becoming increasingly important for students to learn how to read, analyze, and even create visuals. One type of visual that continues to gain prevalence is the information graphic, or infographic. These data visualizations help us to digest complex data and information and are often used in conjunction with research or to present an argument.  Creating an infographic can be a fun and challenging way to help your students understand what makes a particular visual more effective than another. [read more]

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Summer Is Still Impossible

posted: 6.19.13 by Barclay Barrios

Summer isn’t just impossible for our classes and the students in them; it’s impossible for me, too.

Theoretically, this is my research time—theoretically.  As the WPA for my school, I check email daily to put out countless little fires.  As a human being, I mostly want to sleep.  I envy colleagues who manage to juggle it all somehow: research, teaching, trips off to Europe.  I just can’t seem to make it all happen. [read more]

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Is It Time to Rethink Forbidden Topics?

posted: 3.15.13 by Donna Winchell

Do you have a list of “forbidden” topics? Are there topics that you tell your students not to write about? If you have been around as long as I have, you probably do, or did at some point. Is it because you reached the point where you couldn’t read one more paper about abortion, gun control, euthanasia, the electoral college, legalization of marijuana, or anything about religion? Have I mentioned some of the topics on your “hit list”?

Why do we tell our students not to write on these topics if not to avoid reading one more paper like others we have read before? Are we trying to avoid getting a paper recycled from an earlier semester? Do these topics lead to bad essays?

Think, though, about how much these issues are still in the news. For our traditional students, who have come of age in the early twenty-first century, these are not “old news.” They have not heard all of the old arguments. Rather, they are working their way through the pros and cons of some of these issues as they watch, listen to, or read the news each day. They have grown up in a world where school shootings are more common than we would like to think. Many of them have just graduated from schools that had uniformed school resource officers. It’s not a big step to picture those officers armed, so the recent debates over gun control are real for them in a way they might not be for their parents’ generation.

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It’s a Deep Subject

posted: 3.13.13 by Elizabeth Wardle and Douglas Downs

Your intrepid co-bloggers have, for about the past year, and especially the past couple months, been consumed with revising Writing about Writing for its second edition. This past week we finished its new material, and the 2e is much closer to our ideal book.

I thought I’d talk here about why that would be—what’s the difference between an ideal and what can actually be written? Why don’t the two simply correspond? Why don’t we “get it right the first time”? Or at least the second time? Several reasons:

1. We’re trying to hit a moving target. Every time we teach a WAW class, we learn more about how to do it well. Every new teacher using a WAW approach brings new considerations and ideas. We happen on approaches, readings, or ideas that make us happier. (For example, we’re learning now about threshold concepts, which the second edition is built to account for.)

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