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Welcome to English 634

Welcome to English 634

Hello everyone,

I look forward to working together this spring! As promised, here is our course website. You’ll find all the materials and links here: I don’t use Blackboard at all.

One of my absolute favorite things about teaching (besides students) is course design, which means this course is one of my favorites. I am hopeful that we can play with a range of ideas for teaching writing intensive courses. If you want to read some of my views about educational design while we’re waiting to meet in a few days, you might check out a piece I wrote for the Connected Learning Alliance: “No Short Cuts in Course Design.”  

We’ll talk about texts and the ways we’ll work with them a bit on the first class. We’ll also do some reading together in class Tuesday. One book to buy/rent or check out from our library: Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation. We’ll use it by week 2, so hoping you might all be game to just rent it via Amazon for less than $10.00. The library also has a copy or two if you want to check it out next week. All other readings are available as pdf. I’ll supplement some reading when I know the contexts you hope to teach in.

We’ll start the semester by pulling back from schooling and thinking about learning and literacy more broadly. I am hoping these conversations and texts support your theories of learning and pedagogical choices as you design.

If you have a laptop/tablet, please bring it each time. I’m also happy to check one out from the English Department for you. Just email me to let me know before class:

Feel free to email with any questions. See you Tuesday in ARTS 306A!



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