ENG-W 221: Writing in the Life Sciences

Two years ago, IU Kokomo began offering a second-year, sophomore-level Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course called ENG-W 221. The initial plan was to offer a customized version of this course to each of the major programs on our campus, organized roughly by school: humanities, social sciences and psychology, STEM, business, nursing, and education. To… Continue reading ENG-W 221: Writing in the Life Sciences

“This Time It’s Personal” Media Project 1: Looking In (ENG-W 131)

This summer, as the world burned, the coronavirus raged, and the body count from police-assisted killings edged ever upward, I read Brian Jackson's wonderful new book Teaching Mindful Writers and wondered, "How can I pay my respects to the world-historical events of this summer in a way that both honors the enormity of what's going… Continue reading “This Time It’s Personal” Media Project 1: Looking In (ENG-W 131)

Teaching in Fall 2020: Ten Strategies for Pandemic Learning

Yes, we should all probably be teaching online in Fall 2020. But the powers-that-be have decided, at least for some of us, that we are going to carry on with face-to-face teaching, even as they explain to us in calm, reassuring terms the conditions of our own demise. If we must head back to campus,… Continue reading Teaching in Fall 2020: Ten Strategies for Pandemic Learning

My Webinars with Emplify and Button

Over the last few months, I've had the extraordinary experience of developing and leading two online webinars with the employees of the Fishers, Indiana-based company Emplify and the NYC-based startup Button. Back in grad school, when I was reading a steady diet of Marx and Marc Bousquet on the corporatization of higher ed, I never… Continue reading My Webinars with Emplify and Button

Active Learning Meets Social Distancing

I still remember my first encounter with WiFi in the classroom. It must have been 2003 or 2004. A guy in the front row of one of my composition classes googled something on his laptop one day in the middle of a discussion. ("To google" had not yet become a recognizable infinitive.) We were debating… Continue reading Active Learning Meets Social Distancing

The “New” ENG-W 131: Fall 2020

To put it plainly, no one can know for certain what will happen in Fall 2020. Higher education in the US is a vast and ever-changing landscape in the best of times. But that doesn't stop some people from trying. Bryan Alexander, theorist, futurist, and author of the recent book Academia Next: The Futures of… Continue reading The “New” ENG-W 131: Fall 2020

OWI: Useful points of entry

If you're contemplating the switch to online writing instruction (OWI) for Fall 2020--or if this important pedagogical and curricular decision has been made on your behalf--the following short list of starting-point resources on OWI may be of some use: Applied Pedagogies: Strategies for Online Writing Instruction, eds. Daniel Ruefman and Abigail Scheg. Utah State UP,… Continue reading OWI: Useful points of entry

Mind over Chatter: Essential Skills for Navigating the Post-Truth Era

Mind over Chatter: Essential Skills for Navigating the Post-Truth Era is a series of five interactive, Canvas-based learning modules designed specifically for first-year college students and aimed at curbing the spread of problematic information in our time. Made possible by a generous grant from the Rita Allen Foundation and RTI International, these modules can be… Continue reading Mind over Chatter: Essential Skills for Navigating the Post-Truth Era

Digital Info Literacy & Online Learning in a Pandemic

"The professor's role in this new digital learning environment is not to play the role of the master of content; it is to be the master of resourcefulness. In this role, the teacher models how to think in the face of an endless torrent of information." Richard E. Miller, "On Digital Reading," Pedagogy, 2016, vol.… Continue reading Digital Info Literacy & Online Learning in a Pandemic