Digital Humanities Is Great, Except When It Isn’t

Don’t get me wrong; I am not a luddite. I participate in the digital world through several platforms (twitter, this website, creating websites with students, etc.); however, I think that at times the push for Digital Humanities is so strong in academia that we might be tempted to use technology when it doesn’t help students … Continue reading

What Happens When Students Set Their Own Goals

About a month into last semester, I asked my students to evaluate their individual progress in our composition class and then compile a list of four writing goals that they want to accomplish by the end of the semester. The results of this exercise have made me permanently rethink the way I teach writing. First, let … Continue reading

Using Blogs for Collaborative Learning

It’s a cliché, but for good reason: the best way to understand something is to try to do it yourself. So when I created a class—“Minor Genres with Major Impact”—that examined five subgenres from a wide variety of historical time periods, I decided to ask students to write within each subgenre, then analyze their own … Continue reading

Let’s Talk about Writing: #AcWriMo

 I love a challenge, especially a really difficult one, so when I heard that the month of November is #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month)— a take-off on November also being a “novel writing month”—I knew I wanted to participate. Actually, I’m a little surprised that I hadn’t discovered this productivity drive before. Although I doubt I will be … Continue reading