• Digital Literacy Metaphors

    Before Winter Break, I began a series of activities on digital literacy, inspired by Virginia Tech Libraries’ digital literacy initiative. I first asked students to create definitions of digital native and digi...
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  • One Big New Thing: Changing How Groups Are Set Up

    Happy New Semester! I hope you are all ready for the new school term. Today is the first day of classes for me, so I have been busy getting new resources online and revising those that I want to use again. I am teachi...
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  • Mapping Online Identity

    This post is part of a series that ask students to examine how digital technology shapes literacy and the ways that people interact with others, inspired by Virginia Tech Libraries’ digital literacy initiative. ...
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  • Researching a Public Figure’s Online Identity

    Inspired by Virginia Tech Libraries’ digital literacy initiative, I am sharing a series of activities that ask students to examine how digital technology shapes literacy and the ways that people interact with ot...
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  • From Digital Literacy to Online Identity

    Last week, I shared a critical thinking activity that asked students to explore the definitions of digital native and digital literacy. With my activity this week, I ask students to consider the idea of online id...
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  • What Is Digital Literacy: A Critical Thinking Activity

    Virginia Tech Libraries are embarking on a digital literacy initiative, which focuses on “support[ing] all learners in exploring, evaluating, creating, and sharing a variety of digital content, including data, i...
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  • Who Counts When We Talk About Sexual Harassment?

    Here is a typical scenario that might be used on campus for a discussion about resources on and responses to sexual harassment: A student in your course tells you that a member of her writing group for the course has ...
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  • Recommending Campus Support Services with Scenarios

    Each week, the inclusive pedagogy cohort that I am a member of posts on a specific topic. Recent posts have focused on food or housing insecurity, religious observances, military veterans, gender identity and expressi...
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  • Addressing Religious Diversity

    As I mentioned in September, I am a member of a year-long cohort that focuses on inclusive pedagogical practices. Each week, we have discussion questions to consider, and I thought I would share one of the recent ques...
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  • Stories and Tragedies: Responding to the Las Vegas Shooting

    Image Long Description: Color close-up photo of the iconic lighted "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. I stayed up all Sunday night into Monday afternoon, listening to the radio traffic from the Las Vegas police. ...
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  • Involving Students in Course Accessibility

    Image Long Description: Color photo of a white sign, indicating the location of an Accessibility Lab, on the side of a frosted glass wall. The sign shows the accessibility icon of a white human symbol in a blue circle...
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  • Four More Ethics Scenarios for Discussion of Racial Discrimination

    This academic year, I am a member of a learning community that is exploring strategies for inclusive pedagogy. As a result, I’m thinking about ways to include issues of diversity and accessibility in my teaching...
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  • More Scenarios for Discussing Racism and Ethics

    Last week, I attended After Charlottesville: Having Difficult Conversations in the Classroom, a workshop open to everyone in the university community that resulted in an active conversation about what we can and can&#...
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  • Confronting Racism with Discussions of Ethics

    During the next few weeks, I will continue my series on racism in the classroom by sharing 10 scenarios that confront racism through discussions of ethics. The teaching strategy for these class discussions is simple: ...
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  • It’s a Good Idea to Download This Book!

    If you teach writing, you have certainly heard scores of misconceptions about writing, like these:   America is Facing a Literacy Crisis  Official American English is Best  African American Language ...
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  • A Real-World Scenario Focused on Communicating about Racism

    Last week, I offered some suggestions for how to prepare and manage discussions about racism and other difficult topics with students. Inspired by a conversation with Lillian Mina on Facebook this afternoon, I’m...
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  • Preparing to Explore Racism and Racist Events in the Classroom

    Current events in the U.S. focus far too regularly on activities driven by racist (and antiracist) views and actions. These events are nothing new. Racist acts happen every minute of every day in the U.S. What is perh...
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  • A Fun Look at Exclamation Point Abuse!!!

    Admittedly, I am guilty of using too many exclamation points in my personal emails and text messages. I do try to avoid them in the email messages that I write to students and my colleagues, however.   I have be...
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  • The Many and Varied Cycles of Revision

    I have been lucky since I have been teaching professional writing courses: students typically come to the course with knowledge of how writing works. They already know that there is information gathering and research ...
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  • Using Tumblr to Share Online Models

    I have never felt adept at Tumblr. I just don’t get it. Enough people like it for me to believe that there must be something there; but whatever it is, I don’t quite connect with it. To look for answers, I...
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