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New Semester’s Resolutions: Faster Feedback for Students (Spring 2020)

I don’t usually do New Year’s Resolutions (this year is a slight exception), but I do do New Semester’s Resolutions. I like the rhythm of fresh starts so regularly in academia . So let’s talk New Semester’s Resolutions this semester, Spring 2020. First, the philosophy of New Semester’s Resolutions: as teachers (and when we wereContinue reading “New Semester’s Resolutions: Faster Feedback for Students (Spring 2020)”

Talking Disability and Accessibility in the Composition Classroom

Like many instructors, my composition students generally finish the semester making a multimodal/multimedia presentation of their topics to the rest of the class. I love this assignment; it’s creative, it’s real-world, it’s student-driven, it’s everything I love in an assignment. Let me explain the assignment a little: my students deal with “local” issues in theirContinue reading “Talking Disability and Accessibility in the Composition Classroom”

Academic Thanksgiving: We Love Librarians

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA, and for many of us it’s a tradition to name the things we’re grateful for. So today I want to name the group of people who are probably the most important part of academic work: librarians and archivists. We live in an age of easy information. Reasonable people can andContinue reading “Academic Thanksgiving: We Love Librarians”

Last Minute NaNoWriMo Post

It is, at the time of publishing this, October 31st. Not only is that Halloween (which is important for its own sake), it is also the day before National Novel Writing Month. At midnight, the writing may begin. This is the 20th year of NaNoWriMo, which started in 1999. It’s my 14th year. And IContinue reading “Last Minute NaNoWriMo Post”

Stop Scaring Your Students About Plagiarism

It’s October, so it’s the season for spooooky things. So, let’s talk about plagiarism! No, but, really, stop scaring your students about plagiarism. Seriously. Stop. They’re terrified. They’re paralyzed with fear at the horrible p-word. STOP IT. “But,” I hear you say, “students need to know that plagiarism is bad! They need to know thatContinue reading “Stop Scaring Your Students About Plagiarism”