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Learning requires risk and trust

There are so many aspects of work in education--from classrooms to curricula to programs and beyond--that it's helpful to have a philosophy. We've all experienced what works and what doesn't when it comes to learning. We ought to be able to articulate some principles to guide our thinking and practice. For me, a framework that manages risk and trust makes the most sense. You can't learn without extending what you know--taking a risk. And you can't take or let others take risks without trust.

Watch the Bubble

This video traces educational experiences bringing together screen media and manifesto to push for a mode of teaching based on mentored practice, risk, and trust. For more on the video development and philosophy, see the published piece.

Textbooks

This genre-based writing guide covers traditional and digital projects with both print and online materials

Anthology meets writing instruction to teach both literary analysis and composition 

An anthology of readings and images combined with detailed writing instruction that includes composing for both print and media

 

A snapshot of educational possibilities on the early internet

 

Guides instructors as they adapt literay instruction for online teaching

A guide for students from the early days of the internet

 

Selected Workshops

I regularly lead workshops on digital composing and education. I can develop workshops based on unique needs or adapt a range of existing materials. Contact me to discuss possibilities.

Low-Bridge Teaching
Move students from digital consumers to producers
  • Build bridges from print literacies
  • Take prosumer approaches to digital tools
  • Turn to readymade raw materials
  • Limit costs by using open tools
Podcasts and Audio
From stand-alone audio essays to panel-based live podcasts
  • Learn audio storytelling strategies
  • Practice live recording and performance
  • Understand audio editing
  • Share and syndicate audio projects
Screencasts and Videos
Images, words, and sounds mix in screen-based composing
  • Learn screen recording and media capture
  • Practice video editing
  • Understand screen and video genres
  • Locate and use screen composing materials
Humanities Data Literacy
As data expands into intellectual work, the humanities are key
  • Consider qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Study social media
  • Understand the role of interpretation and storytelling
  • Engage with ethical and human concerns linked with data

Casting Learning into Flowing Streams

Composed with undergraduate students, this piece takes up literary analysis, media composing, performance, and portfolios--all through screencassting.

Selected Class Sites

Assignments, instructions, projects, and reflections from a range of courses

Entrepreneurial Writing

Entrepreneurial Writing

First-year seminar on writing for the web

American Literature Survey

American Literature Survey

Early example of literature teaching on the web

Multimedia Writing

Multimedia Writing

Composing beyond words

Classic First-Year Writing

Classic First-Year Writing

Early example of moving writing online

Arguing on the Internet

Arguing on the Internet

On track with writing, editing, and digital publishing

Humanities Writing

Humanities Writing

Not your typical humanities writing class

Introduction to Literary Studies

Introduction to Literary Studies

Literary studies the prosumer way

First-Year Writing Online

First-Year Writing Online

Online, asynchronous writing course

Undergraduate Digital Humanities

Undergraduate Digital Humanities

Digitization, data, interpretation