Category Archives: Teaching Approaches

A Multimodal Tools Challenge

Each semester, I incorporate a multimodal/multimedia project or project element into my writing courses. I’ve tried many strategies for introducing students to the wide-range of free tools available to them (see my “Online Collaboration Tool” exercise). Currently, students in my Rhetorical Grammar … Continue reading

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Service Learning in Business Writing Courses

A major challenge for service learning programs is how to create reciprocal, sustained collaborations with communities—a challenge that persists even as digital tools provide new options for collaborative writing. Despite the many opportunities for collaboration afforded by digital media, its … Continue reading

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Teaching Business Writing Online: Strategies, Successes, and Lessons Learned

The most common complaint I hear about online teaching is that students do not get the same immersive, challenging environment available in physical classrooms. Online courses are often blamed for “watering down” the learning experience and allowing students to get … Continue reading

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New Vidcasts for the OWL at Purdue

I’m happy to share the vidcasts that I created for the OWL at Purdue’s YouTube channel. Enjoy! Introduction to Rhetoric: How to Write White Papers: Invention and Prewriting: Introduction to Pathos:

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Business Writing and The Pedagogy of “Targets”

Today’s post is the start of a new project. It ends with an open-ended question, and I’d love to hear your answers! In my Business Writing courses themed on social media, I often hear myself speaking of targets: “Who is … Continue reading

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Best Collaboration Tools | A Partner Presentation for Business Writing

The first project I assigned to my Business Writing students this semester is a partner-collaborated white paper report with a number of deliverables. The first is a Professional Profile that helps the students get to know one another and (inadvertently) … Continue reading

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Best Rhetoric & Composition Books, Articles, and Experiences of 2011

Inspired by the Crunk Feminist Collective’s “Year in Crunkness,” I’m writing today about the things that get me crunk and keep me crunk in Rhetoric & Composition. Hope you can relate and enjoy! The Affect Theory Reader helped me see … Continue reading

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