Category Archives: Composition

My field (add “rhetoric” if you please).

Transfer research design

I mentioned the transfer research project Neil Baird and I have started when I discussed my sabbatical retooling, but I haven’t written much about it here; just a brief outline long ago when I discussed my application to the Dartmouth … Continue reading

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DartSem Visualized

The past two weeks I’ve been at the Dartmouth Seminar for Composition Research, which attendees affectionately described as “research camp.” Or maybe “research boot camp.” I’ll have more to say about this shortly; for now, here’s a word cloud made … Continue reading

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Studying transfer

With two other WIU faculty, I’m starting a research project targeting transfer of writing skills and knowledge, focusing on locally relevant populations. Continue reading

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Sandra Jamieson and The Citation Project

Sandra Jamieson recently visited Western to share the work of The Citation Project, an ambitious research project focusing on students’ citation habits. Her talk addressed plagiarism policies and standards, students’ reactions to them, and implications for writing-intensive courses. Continue reading

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Typology of English studies web sites

Building a typology of web sites in English studies, to help consider a research project to evaluate the overall quality of the field’s web presence. Continue reading

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More on slow numbers

The growing importance of community colleges may be affecting writing program enrollments nationwide. Adopting Agile development methods to writing programs, given structural changes in higher education and acceleration of the rate of change itself, provides a way to respond to these and other changes. Continue reading

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Odds and ends WPA

A summary of WPA 2010 in Philadelphia: good sessions, my talk went well, and good beer with Jeff. Continue reading

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Slow numbers

My department’s general education enrollment continues to decline. We need to diversify our Continue reading

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Mutualizing the mix

My CCCC 2010 talk, “Mutualizing the mix,” from a panel with Derek Mueller and Alex Reid, “Scholarship, Remix, and the Database.” Continue reading

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Open source on campus

Open source software on campus: how faculty can encourage IT staff to install and support. Answering questions from Clancy Ratliff. Continue reading

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