Pedagogy and Technology

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The goal of this site is to serve as a resource for academics trying to navigate the world of computing and technology. That is, outlining the more concrete ways technology and computers can be used to improve both teaching (how to get beyond the use of Power Point) and scholarship (did you know there are more effective, cheaper, alternatives to MS Word-how does a $30 word processor designed by academics sound?). To that end, this blog is going to try to chronicle how I use technology in an effort to teach and write more effectively.

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Computer Writing and Research Lab

Information technologies are rapidly and fundamentally changing our work and work organization, our teaching and learning, our lives and recreation. That’s especially true in terms of how one of our oldest information technologies – writing – is being transformed. At the CWRL, we explore how information technologies are changing the ways we produce and consume texts, the ways we argue, and how we can flexibly address these sociotechnical changes.

Academic Commons

Academic Commons is a community of faculty, academic technologists, librarians, administrators, and other academic professionals interested in two interlocking questions: how do creative uses of new technology and networked information support the current project of liberal education, and, perhaps more interestingly, how do they force us to re-think what it means to be liberally educated?

C & C Online

Computers and Composition Online is the refereed online companion journal to Computers and Composition: An International Journal, now in its 26th year and currently published by Elsevier. Our goal is to be a significant online resource for scholar-teachers interested in the impact of new and emerging media upon the teaching of language and literacy in both virtual and face-to-face forums. As part of this goal, we wish to foster a sense of community and collegial sharing of ideas by providing an online space where select features, announcements, and community resources work together to promote a virtual exchange for the latest and best work in the field.

DiRT: Digital Research Tools

This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers.

TeachWeb 2.0

We are a group of curious teachers who explore and brainstorm ways to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into our teaching. Some of us meet face-to-face at an independent school in St. Petersburg, Florida. The rest of us are from all over the world.

Teaching Carnival

A semi-weekly edited collection of the best web-based writings on pedagogy.

Build an Interactive Timeline

But why would you want to build a timeline? Well, just imagine that you are teaching a survey course of Victorian literature. You could assign your students different years in this time period and ask them to identify four important events that happened in their particular year and to post them to a timeline. The result might look something like this. Or imagine that you are teaching a novel with a complex chronology, like Slaughterhouse-Five or Jazz. You could have your students work collaboratively to timeline Billy Pilgrim's experiences. Or you could timeline your work on your dissertation. Or…well, you get the idea.

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