• A STEM-Based Technical Description Assignment

    This week I am sharing the third writing assignment in the series of assignments I designed for my technical writing course. The series focuses on tasks related to a fictional business incubator, the Ut Prosim Incubat...
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  • A Correspondence Writing Assignment

    This week I am sharing the second writing assignment in the series of assignments I designed for my technical writing course. The series focuses on tasks related to a fictional business incubator, the Ut Prosim Incuba...
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  • New Assignments in the Incubator

    This fall, I am designing new assignments for the  Technical Writing courses that I teach. During the coming weeks, I will share the different assignments and activities with you all. The first step in my pr...
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  • What’s the Story in Your Data Stream?

    [This post was originally published on September 25, 2012.]   Your average student has developed a significant collection of digital work. There are Facebook updates, Twitter posts, YouTube videos, and Flickr and...
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  • A Writing Assignment Time Capsule

    [This post originally published on November 13, 2012.]   One of my all-time favorite assignments is to ask students to create a time capsule focusing on their writing and themselves as writers. I’m not sure...
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  • Create Short Videos with Edify Animaker

    In my last post, I shared Lumen5, a site that allows you to make short videos by pairing free-to-use images with the text from a webpage or handout. Today, I’m sharing another simple, free tool that you can use ...
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  • Convert Handouts to Videos with Lumen5

    This weekend, I have been exploring the capabilities of the online tool Lumen5, a web-based tool that you can use to convert any written text to a video. Lumen5 offers to “Transform articles into videos in minut...
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  • Ten Active Learning Strategies Using Word Clouds

    Last week, I reviewed several word cloud generators and suggested a few ways that you can use word clouds in the classroom. This week, I am sharing some ways that you can use word clouds in your classes to engage stud...
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  • Updating Your Word Cloud Tools

    Word clouds can give writers helpful information as they revise their work. As I explained in my previous post Word Clouds as Revision Tools, “Word clouds highlight the most frequently used words in a text, usin...
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  • Asking Students to Visualize Their Progress

    Since I am currently teaching technical writing, progress reports are on my regular list of assignments this term, but I also use them in both my first-year composition (FYC) and my digital media classes. The assignme...
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  • Crowdsourcing Your Video Captions

    Ideally, every video that I upload to YouTube has closed captions and a transcript. Unfortunately, things are not always ideal in my world. When I have time, I have been using Screencast-O-Matic to add captions to the...
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  • Three Steps to Better PDF Accessibility

    When students compose assignments, I expect them to pay attention to accessibility in addition to the usual issues of content and format. After all, even the most brilliant document will be unsuccessful if readers can...
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  • New Resource on Academic Labor and Writing Programs

    Earlier this month, the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) premiered their Labor Resource Center. The site provides an amazing array of resources on labor equity and equality for both those working with ...
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  • Checking the Checkers

    As teachers and writers, we know that spell checkers, grammar checkers, and style checkers have limitations. Students, on the other hand, sometimes succumb to the promise of accuracy and accept whatever these tools su...
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  • Using Pop Culture to Inspire Group Collaboration

    When students are asked to work in groups, they may not know what good teamwork looks like. Like anything in the writing classroom, models can help them understand how to collaborate effectively. The challenge is mode...
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  • My Grading System FAQ

    This week I want to share an additional resource that I’ve written to help students understand how my labor-based grading system works. First, though, I want to review the materials that students already had ava...
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  • Online Trip Report Assignment

    In the workplace, employees write trip reports to document what happened during a business trip. Some companies use those reports to show how the goals for the trip were met. Others use them to share what happene...
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  • A 1–3–5 Revision Activity

    Last week, I wrote about Online Identity Revision Plans. Today, I want to share a focused activity that fits online identity revision as well as revision in any writing classroom. This activity is modeled on the 1R...
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  • Grandmaster Flash and Autocomplete

    This blog was originally posted on March 3rd, 2015. Last fall, the Tumblr account Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash made a splash with its humorous screen captures of autocomplete gone awry. If you use Facebook, you ...
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  • Online Identity Revision Plans

    Several years ago, I developed a revision plan assignment, based on information I first found on Kristin Arola’s website and that is also discussed in Writer/Designer, the textbook I was using for...
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