Courses

I've been teaching with technology since 1993 and my focus as a scholar often centers around the classroom. The video above explores some of my most recent teaching. I'm also quite proud of the the recent article on teaching co-written with students--"Casting Learning into Flowing Streams." I've also collected here a number of links and highlights to course work over the years:

First Year CompositionCompsite From 1994, vintage online course site. In addition to being a very early example of a Web-based course, the class is of note for student-generated projects and native composing on the Web.


Screening Literature
From 2013, Screening Literature bridges digital composing and literature. The class featured semester-long screen recording activities. Students also presented their work at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy.

 

English 150, Introduction to Literary Studies

This course introduces English majors to some of the methods and concerns of literary studies. Outcomes like conducting literary research, exploring a range of genres and texts, and composing literary arguments are met through a number of digital composing tasks. Class projects include podcasts, mashups, videos, Web essays, and screencasts. Versions Highlights
Screening Literature
Screening Literature
Promotional Video

Screencasts

Performing Literature
Performing Literature
Portfolios

"Casting Learning into Flowing Streams: This is What We Did in Our Class."

Literature and Film
Literature and Film
Allusions as Web-Building Vehicles in V for Vendetta

English 366, Literature and the Arts

Though listed in the course catalog as Literature and the Other Arts, these courses get labeled Literature and the Arts by me. I'm not sure why the other is necessary. In fact, if I had to apply my own label, I would probably go with something like reading and writing across media. In these courses covering music, photography, film, and literature the focus is on strategies for critically engaging a range of materials. For instance, the playlist assignment conducted in many of these classes gives students an opportunity to "read" songs. Students select songs to create a playlist that tells a story or sheds light on a character. In making these selections, they must identify sonic elements (like tempo, melody, or instrumentation) that connect with points they wish to make. Students don't need to be music majors to develop musical literacies. We take a similar approach with photographs and films, using criteria like framing, arrangement, emphasis, and so on. The final step is translating that emphasis on flexible approaches to media and texts to the production side by composing using audio, images, and video. Versions Highlights
dayblend
Dayblend

iMusic education podcast

almalgamnation

Litflow
Litflow

Podcasts:

Bon Iver
Bruce Springsteen
Pandora

LitGarden
Litgarden (red or green)

Cat Video

Billy Budd Playlist

Trapped in the Closet Podcast
 

English 149, Networked and Multimodal Writing

This class explores contemporary, networked writing spaces, linking them with literacy, creativity, and collaboration. We examine and practice the rhetoric of the Internet, collaboration online, information ethics, and multimodal composition--among numerous other topics. The course also explores multimodal composing. The emphasis is on the relationships among images, sounds, video, and words. The class also looks at multimedia composing within the history of rhetoric and writing, exploring how multimedia works speak to familiar rhetorical concerns. Versions Highlights
Net Writing
NetWriting
Promotional Video

Screencasts

English 69, Entrepreneurial Writing on the Web


Covering topics ranging from the rhetoric of Internet naming to information ethics to digital composition, this course helps students become critical consumers and active producers of online texts. This course also focuses on helping students develop online identities and create an online presence. In many iterations of the course, students have created connections with local businesses or developed their own entrpreneurial endeavors.
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Pubwriting
Pubwriting
Local Musician Publicity Campagin
Ideastream
Ideastream

Mashups

Portfolios

Ibranding
i
Branding
Identity Playlists
  Emagination
Emagination
Creativity Collages

English 131/606, Rhetorical Theory and Practice

Rhetorical Theory and Practice is the pedagogy course for instructors preparing to teach first year writing classes at UNC. The course explores rhetorical theories and emphasizes practical issues and methods. My versions of the course tend to focus on instructional technologies and the ways new media composing can be integrated into the writing classroom. The projects developed in the course consist of class materials--syllabi, lessons plans, and policy statements. Class activities range from mock teaching to the construction of Web sites. Versions Highlights
compshop
compshop
Teaching playlists
131
composition issues & teaching
Social Construction and First Year Composition

English 052, Computers and English Studies

These first year seminar courses operate with a strong focus on the public nature of learning. Early instances of the course are of note for their deployment of social networking Web tools to support instruction. The Pivot course represents one of my first attempts at using the drupal content managment system to develop an online teaching space. That course and others that followed made use of blogging features to conduct peer review. The course also featured a mix of assignments calling for composition using text, voice, images, and video. Subsequent courses have extended this model. The Soundings course emphasized new media composing. The Websampler course operated on the premise of empowering students to discover and make use materials from the Internet. The Litcasting course represents a further extension of the public teaching and learning approach, culminating in portfolios composed for outside readers.

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Litcasting
litcasting

Sound of 8 Mile mashup

Ice Age 300 mashup

Instructor's portfolio

websamplerwebsampler

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" hypertext

Portfolios

soundings
soundings

Story People slide show

New York slide show

 

English 123, Introduction to Fiction; English 124, Contemporary Literature

These literature courses represent some of my most traditional teaching. These classes feature a good deal of discussion as well as regular lectures. Of note is the use of social networking andcourse spaces to enhance a sense of community. Additionally, these courses extend familiar approaches to reading and discussing works of literature with new media writing assignments including playlists, podcasts, and videos. As I've gotten more literature courses under my belt, I've become comfortable holding discussions or offering lectures. I've also started to integrate films into the courses, exploring the intertextuality of literary texts and film adaptations. In these courses I continue to explore issues of cannonicity and coverage. We work with common course texts but also with assignments that allow students to choose their own texts and topics. Versions Highlights
itsfiction
itsfiction
The Yellow Wallpaper hypertext
fictioncampfictioncamp YouTube film reviews
nowlit
nowlit
Live podcasts

English 127, Writing About Literature; English 128, American Literature

These courses feature projects associated with the low bridge approach to multimedia pedagogy. The approach seeks to turn students from consumers to producers of media by relying on entry-level technologies. The approach also makes use of found materials, streamlining the media production process and introducing concerns of intellectual property, Additionally, the teaching model fosters creativity and motivation by blending traditional assignments--e.g., a character analysis--with unfamiliar writing modes--e.g., a playlist or collage.

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Writing About Literature in the Media Age
wlma

The Movement

Portfolios

Lit Studio 128
litstudio 128

Lost at Sea Video essay

American '60s

English 102, First Year Composition

This first year composition course expresses a mixed media studio philosophy of teaching. Course activities involve lots of hands-on work composing new media writing assignments. These sessions are complemented by reflection through course topics and class interactions. Most of my courses use portfolio assessment to further enhance the studio teaching approach.

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Summer Mixsummermix

N Word Podcast

Why Get Inked

English 42, Literature and New Media

This course represents the need to continue experimenting as an instructor. My first site developed using drupal, this course featured class blogging and portfolios and the development of a playlist assignment that foregrounds composing by mixing Web materials and by selecting and sequencing songs to deliver a message,

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Literature and New Medianewmedialit

Portfolios

Videos

English 31, Advanced Composition for Teachers

These courses from 2001 and 2002 were developed while teaching Advanced Composition and Rhetorical Theory, a training course for future K-12 writing teachers. Class activities featured the creation of Web assignments and the composing of digital videos concerning education.

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iWill
iWill

Teaching videos

Prosumer approach to new media composing

English 32, Writing for Business

The course site for this Writing for Business class was built around the premise of creating an online training resource for electronic communication. Through tutorials and online instruction, the site provides skills training while guiding students through business writing tasks (2000 and 2001).

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iTeach
iTeach

Assignments

Built-in writing tools

English 06, First Year Seminar, Literature and Computers

This course represents my initial foray into teaching first year seminars. The class looked at the ways technology influences the study of literature. This course site features online editions of literary texts created in the fall of 1999.

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Computers and English Studies
annotexts

The Blue Hotel Hypertext

An Interactive Twelfth Night

English 300, Seminar in Rhetoric

My first graduate course, Storyforms, Pedagogy and Digital Composition looked at ways of using the Web to teach and study literature. Activities were focused on scripting and editing annotatable Web editions (1998).

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Storyforms
storyforms
The Country of the Pointed Firs Hypertext

English 12, First Year Writing

A course developed in my first year of teaching at UNC, Professional Writing in Three Disciplines featured online assignments and activities for a first-year writing course focusing on the social sciences, business, and the humanities. A good example of a late '90s stand alone Web site built to support a single course

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Writing in Three Disciplines
12spring98
The Open Boat Hypertext

English 316, Masterworks of American Literature

These literature courses were built around student-constructed online editions of literary texts. While constructing these texts, students explored issues of canon formation. Through these courses, students constructed the American Literature Survey Site. The site anticipates later efforts to conduct project-based activities through the Web. The last iteration of the site combined Web materials from two sections of the course.

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American Literature
amlit

The Yellow Wallpaper

A Raisin in the Sun

English 309M, Advanced Writing with Computers

These sites from 1995 and 1996 carry some impulses of hypertext forward into courses developed through the Web. The Becomings text, for instance, used perl scripts to create collaboratively-authored literary hypertexts. The student projects similarly represent early efforts to compose using HTML. These compositions show the translation of familiar writing modes into a new medium. Compositions, for instance, range from informational to persuasive projects. The projects also represent early attempts to integrate non-textual media into Web compositions.

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Hyperwriting
hyperwriting

Becomings

How to Web pages

Highbeam
highbeam
Bladerunner Essays

English 306, First Year Writing

This first-year writing course from 1994 offers an early example of student Web composition. The projects rely on the basic move of linking related pages. The movement of teaching into the medium of the Web can be traced in the mix of teacher- and student-created information. The space contains hybrid materials--transcripts from chats conducted on a local network, stamp-sized video clips, a few student projects.

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First Year Composition
Compsite
Early Web compositions