Author: tengrrl

  • Assignment: Make A Writing/Learning Meme

    Assignment: Make A Writing/Learning Meme

    During the Making Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) this summer, we were encouraged to make and remix memes, creating pieces about the topic of making a MOOC or about the MOOC itself. The results were fun and informative. I learned a great deal about my colleagues and their approaches to teaching and learning. This fall, I plan to…

  • School vs. Connected Learning

    School vs. Connected Learning

    I found an image on Facebook from The Idealist that seemed perfect for Connected Learning. I just modified it a tiny bit  

  • Connecting Student Interests to Action

    Apologies to everyone for falling behind on my posts. I’m going to post several today in an attempt to get back on schedule. Forgive me if I seem to be overflowing with blogginess this afternoon. I’ve been exploring how to use Connected Learning in the college classroom for a couple of months now. I’ve considered how…

  • Yes, And . . . I Still Want to Try Connected Learning

    Apologies to everyone for falling behind on my posts. I’m going to post several today in an attempt to get back on schedule. Forgive me if I seem to be overflowing with blogginess this afternoon. I’ve been talking about connected learning in the composition classroom for over two months now. Why? Because the connected learning…

  • Composition for Con Artists

    Apologies to everyone for falling behind on my posts. I’m going to post several today in an attempt to get back on schedule. Forgive me if I seem to be overflowing with blogginess this afternoon. Would you teach a course that focused on how to write web hoaxes, fake virus alerts, and other falsified documents?…

  • Aligning Composition with Student Interests

    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.…

  • Gaming the Writing Process

    What would happen if we rethought the ways that we think and talk about writing and the writing process to use the kind of language and thinking that people use when they play games? That’s the question I’ve been pondering during the several weeks since Katie Salen’s webinar, Making Learning Irresistible: 6 Principles of Game-like…

  • Can Connected Learning Make A Curriculum Relevant?

    Usually when I teach a composition class, I create a syllabus that covers a range of essay genres or that explores methods of critical thinking. I structure the course so students write narratives, descriptions, arguments, and research projects. At the end of the class, I expect students to be able to use what they’ve learned…

  • Examples of Connected Learning Activities

    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…

  • Seeing Connected Learning

    Last week, I shared some photos that demonstrate what I think students engaged in connected learning look like. Ultimately, I had to admit that the images might only complicate the issue, especially since none of the photos matches what you’re likely to see in the writing or literature classroom. Writing last week’s post just led…