Category Archives: Teaching

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Reading job applications

Reading job applications: most HR managers take less than a minute, leading me to think about the way job application assignments work in my technical communication course. Continue reading

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Infographics, tables, and spring teaching

Preparing for a Spring 2012 class in visualization: what texts to use? Preparation for opening week activities which look at a few graphics and discuss their strong and weak points in detail. With all the bad infographics out there, starting out right will be important. Continue reading

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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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Taking notes

Note taking, which I value highly, comes in quite low in the WIDE “Revisualizing Composition” surveys. It’s time for me to revive it pedagogically. 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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Thesis thesis

Yesterday two graduate projects crossed my desk: Katherine Schutte’s thesis about the use of blogging in first-year high school classrooms, and Alison McGaughey’s prospectus for her masters’ examination. One almost done, and one getting started.

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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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Conference week

My calendar from last week. Student conferences in the house! Continue reading

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WIU web redesign draft

Mockup and commentary on the in-progress redesign of WIU’s webpage Continue reading

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500

I recently finished teaching our graduate program’s sole required course, ENG 500, formerly “Introduction to Graduate Studies,” now “Theory and the Practice of English Studies.” Most of us remember this kind of course. Its purpose: get students into the habit of … Continue reading

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