Travis Grandy

About Travis

I’m an Instructional Technologist at Smith College, and a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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The Micro-Lecture

Short, focused discussions of key concepts or ideas can be a great way to support student learning when they’re working independently or at a distance. 

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Support Your Writing Productivity

Finding time to fit writing into my schedule can be a real challenge. While in the past I’ve relied on binge-writing to make it through important milestones, I’ve found that practicing […]

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The Values of Writing Across the Curriculum

Silences and occlusions represent ideological positions in the Writing Across the Curriculum movement. Several major professional associations have taken-up WAC through issuing position statements: NCTE, CCCC, CWPA, NWP, and INWAC. […]

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Make a Better Writing Assignment by Design

I work with a lot of instructors who use writing in their teaching. One of the challenges of teaching with writing is that without the right kinds of support, students […]

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Build More Collaboration into Your Online Class

Just because you’re teaching an online class doesn’t mean you can’t have students work and learn together. As I’m building an online class in preparation this summer, I’m also trying […]

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Making a Writing Group that Works

Making the transition from coursework to independent research can be a real challenge as a writer. Sometimes it helps to find other people to work with whether that be sharing a table […]

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Build a Professional Website (Without HTML)

A professional website can be a great way to share your work, network with potential colleagues, and get involved in new projects. This post offers a great step-by-step guide of how […]

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Team-Based Inquiry to Teach Research Skills

This semester I tried to take a more collaborative approach to how students in my class approached the research process and found that they really got a lot out of […]