college composition

This week, while grading Annotated Bibliographies, Pandora did that thing we all love so much where it assumes we live more active lives than we do. When I realized it had quit on me, I pulled up the tab, admitted that Yes, I'm still listening, and was graced with this ridiculous ad for Dove chocolates. Though extremely flawed (how did he know to pick up particular books based on those super...
I was lucky enough to teach a first-year composition course in the mid-80s that focused on the rhetoric of war. Admittedly, the topic was not one I had any deep ties to. It wasn’t one I would have chosen on my own. I took on two sections of the specially themed course as a favor. I was not an authority on the topic. I hadn’t even reviewed all the texts for the course before I began teaching. I...
I’ve been talking about connected learning for several weeks now, trying to define the model and think about how it might work in the college classroom. This week, I shared three specific activities that demonstrate what goes on in a Connected Learning project: The Harry Potter Alliance Virtual Community/Social Media Class YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library All these examples focus on a text...