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Reading together

Perusall logoWe’ll use Perusall to annotate and read together. Link here to Perusall.

Instructions for joining Perusall on the Assignments page.

Writing together

We’ll use Currents to share writing. Link here (Log in to Wildcat Mail first)

Instructions for joining Currents on the Assignments page.

Author: kjaxon

Week 1 reminders & follow up

Week 1 reminders & follow up

Hello everyone,

I enjoyed our first meeting and look forward to all things course design together. A couple of people emailed me for some clarification, so here is some follow up and suggestions for our work together:

Weekly Out of Class Work (option A): In between class sessions read articles you are interested in related to the teaching context you imagine in your future. I put a “starter kit” on the Resources page in case people were not sure where to start. So, choosing a few of those to read would be a cool way to get started. For example, you might be interested in “Potential Assignment Sequence: Language Diversity” on that page. And then maybe looking for an article on teaching ESL in the Composition Studies or College Composition & Communication archives. The journals have years of archives to check out. You could spend the entire semester in the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Clearinghouse archives or listening to the Pedagogue podcast series. I will keep adding to this page.


Weekly Out of Class Work (option B): A few of you asked about more time to read the articles we’ll be reading in common. You could decide to read our common texts ahead of time (during this weekly work time) and use our “work” time in class to read articles of interest (the option above). You could read in preparation and comment in Perusall before class if you wish and then use our work time for exploring the resources page. Totally up to you how you use your time. I added a weekly reading plan to our website. You can find that here: link. Next week’s reading is by David Russell; again, all common readings are uploaded in our Perusall site.

Memos: You are writing up a memo each week for the next few weeks, an informal update on what you read, what you’re thinking about, what questions you have. You are writing that in our Currents Community. There is a category there that says, “Feb 4 update.” (If anyone gets stuck in posting, you can have it ready to go and I can show how to post in class next week.) We are using these memos to share what we’re thinking about in terms of course design, learning, the teaching of writing. You can’t do it wrong: just let us know where you are in this journey at that moment.

There is a My Calendar page on the website. Major deadlines are there.

Class (Thursday) routines: I’ll open class at 2:00 by sharing some course designs, some ideas to consider, then we’ll work (either reading the common reading or your choice reading/course design time). We’ll come back together around 4:00 each day for conversation and/or feedback.

In a nutshell for next week:
  • Read: either our common reading (David Russell) and comment in Perusall OR choose some things to read/watch/listen to from the Resources page to get started on your “teaching writing inquiry”
  • Write: a memo and share to Currents before we meet: this week might be all about your initial questions and concerns about teaching. A few paragraphs.
  • Familiarize yourself with our class website.
Feel free to reach out with questions.
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 next week, you might check out a piece I wrote for the Connected Learning Alliance: “No Short Cuts in Course Design” or listen to a recent podcast, EdMoves, where I talk about last semester and the problems of EdTech.

I am planning for us to meet on Thursdays from 2:00-4:50, during our regular class time. We won’t be on Zoom that entire time, but we will work together virtually; we’ll weave in and out of reading, writing, talking, and designing courses. I think we can get a lot of work done together and build our community.

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

Feel free to email with any questions, of course. See you Thursday, Jan 28, at 2:00. I’ll email the Zoom link to your Wildcat Mail; we’ll use the same Zoom link for each Thursday class session.

Take good care,