Author: travisgrandy

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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 sustainable writing habits has helped me make regular progress toward my goals and feel a lot better while I’m doing it. Read more about ways

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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. Presences and absences in this discourse suggest tensions embedded in WAC’s historical development, and provide insight into the state of the present movement in three

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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 might struggle to accomplish learning outcomes, get frustrated about the writing process, and result in more work for teachers when it’s time to give feedback. By situating

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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 to plan activities that students can do in collaboration with each other and to contribute to content of the course. My post on GradHacker discusses

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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 at the library for a writing session, or setting up a writing exchange.

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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 to build a website (including registering your own domain), and doesn’t involve a lick of HTML.

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Convergence in the Classroom: Exploring New Media in Composition

21st-century environments for reading and writing are continually expanding. With this expansion comes a growing variety of texts, few of which resemble what many students and teachers think of as a “traditional” essay. A critical understanding of the concepts of purpose, audience, context, and choice are vital for writers who take increasingly versatile approaches to

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