Storytelling Course: Learning Units & Goals

Here are the Learning Units & Goals for my Storytelling through New Media class, as of January 2015. Return to the Learning Goals page for links to my Writing & …

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GUIDE – Are Blogs Right for My Class?

Trying to decide whether to use a blog to supplement or replace a course management system like D2L? These slides will help you determine if a blog is right for …

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GUIDE – Listening to Radio Essays About Personal Experience

OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES Listen to “This I Believe” radio essays Listen to StoryCorps radio interviews Start using exploring personal experiences Share your responses to TIB and StoryCorps samples TIPS FOR …

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OVERVIEW – Digital Storytelling in Higher Ed

Prepared for COLTT 2011 I prepared these notes for a two-hour presentation and workshop for faculty at the Colorado Teaching and Learning with Technology conference, held at CU Boulder every …

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WEB RESOURCES on Teaching Digital Storytelling

Theory and Practice Advanced Thinking in Digital Storytelling: Knowing ‘Why’ Seven Elements of Effective Digital Stories Also see my help page on this site: Narrative techniques for digital storytelling Project …

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COMMENTARY – The Rhetoric of Interface Design

Below is a short presentation I delivered in a session on Using Digital Tools for writing instructors at CU Boulder. I drew on many resources to develop this condensed version …

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PREZI EXAMPLE – Technologies and the Future of Writing

I don’t know anything about the person who made this, but the info and method of presentation are both relevant to learning about digital writing!

Digital Writing Assignments

To view some examples of digital writing assignments I’ve used over the past five or six years, browse through the ASSIGNMENTS ARCHIVE category.

Presentations on the Pedagogy and Practice of Digital Composition

Below are a few of my presentations that might be of interest to anyone who teaches writing at the college level. The first one focuses more heavily on providing a …

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GUIDE – Use PDF annotation tools to teach academic reading

Common Teaching Issue: Students could use more help reading academic articles I notice this problem in two ways: in how students respond to articles as assigned readings and in how …

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HOW TO – Make a Digital Storytelling Project in iMovie '11

I used the slides below in a workshop I delivered at a conference for K-12 educators. The slides walk you through the process of making a CDS-Style digital story in …

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GUIDE – Writing Instruction and the Changing Nature of Literacy

The nature of literacy — of what it means to “read” and to “write” — have fundamentally changed in response to the emergence of digital tools and environments, which provide …

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LEARNING GOAL – Rhetorical Awareness

WRTG 3020 LEARNING GOALS MENU Rhetorical Awareness Digital Literacies Composing Processes [ About my Learning Goals ] A KEY GOAL Developing rhetorical awareness is a learning goal for this class …

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LEARNING GOAL – Composing Processes

WRTG 3020 LEARNING GOALS MENU Rhetorical Awareness Digital Literacies Composing Processes [ About my Learning Goals ] WRITING AS A PROCESS The third major area of learning goals for our …

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LEARNING GOAL – Digital Literacies

WRTG 3020 LEARNING GOALS MENU Rhetorical Awareness Digital Literacies Composing Processes [ About my Learning Goals ] A GOAL FOR ALL STUDENTS One of CU Boulder’s goals, as outlined in …

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Digital Literacy Interviews

The gallery below shows the most recent entries on on my Share Your Digital Literacy Stories Vimeo channel. For more info on my digital literacy interviews, scroll down below the …

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TEACHING TIPS – Teaching Digital Storytelling Projects

Here are a few tips for educators who are thinking of offering digital storytelling as an option for student projects.

GUIDE – Web Resources on Visual Rhetoric

WEB SITES Viz: Visual Rhetoric -Visual Culture – Visual Pedagogy The award-winning digital publication viz. is committed to the intersections of Rhetoric and visual culture. In keeping with its mission …

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GUIDE – Use Google Docs for peer reviews

Common Teaching Issue: Doing peer review with Word files results in too many separate copies of each draft Anyone who has asked students to do peer review by downloading copies …

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TEACHING TIPS – Use comment bubbles for self-evaluation

Common Teaching Issue: Students sometimes don’t follow writing advice Every writing instructor knows the frustration of reading a student’s final paper and realizing that the student has not incorporated the …

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WEB ARTICLE – Andrea Lunsford on digital literacy

You may have seen smaller clips of Andrea Lunsford’s comments on the changing nature of literacy and how that impacts student writing at the university level, but I just found …

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WEB RESOURCES – A glimpse into the composition skills of our future students

Wondering what kind of composition skills today’s grade school kids will be bringing with them to college? Check out the winners of the International Student Media Festival. See the 2010 …

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GUIDE – Digital Composition Bibliography

I originally created this bibliography for my colleagues in the PWR at CU Boulder, to help them explore the scholarship and pedagogy that supports digital composition. The bibliography below is …

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WEB RESOURCES – A few of the news feeds I follow through Facebook

I occasionally come across people who didn’t know you could receive news feeds through Facebook, so I put together this list of some of the sources of news I receive …

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WEB RESOURCES – Digital literacy articles recently shared on our Facebook group

I thought those of you who aren’t on our PWR Digital Composition group on Facebook might like to browse through some of the articles members have recently shared on the …

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WEB RESOURCES – Fair Use of Digital Media in Student Work

If your students use digital media objects they found online in any of their course projects, you might want to give them this handout, which will help them understand the …

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TEACHING TIPS – A few rhetorical considerations for posting course materials online

In this post, I offer a few suggestions to help you apply rhetorical principles to the design of online course materials, whether you use D2L or an external web site. …

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WEB RESOURCES – Bill Cope on digital literay and the changing dynamics of learning

Some of you may already be familiar with the work of Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis with regard to multiliteracies and the changing nature of teaching and learning. (See their …

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TEACHING TIPS – Helping students explore digital literacy

To get students talking about digital literacy, you might assign one or both of these Frontline videos: Growing Up Online and Digital Nation.

GUIDE – Tips for Building a Course Web Site

UPDATE: See this new post, which expands on some of these suggestions: Rhetorical considerations for online course materials NOTE: These tips are under development, but I’m posting what I have …

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WEB RESOURCES – Technology in Plain English

From the CommonCraft channel on YouTube: Blogs in Plain English [youtube NN2I1pWXjXI] Twitter in Plain English [youtube ddO9idmax0o] Wikis in Plain English [youtube dnL00TdmLY] RSS in Plain English (how to …

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WEB RESOURCES – New collection of resources on "Learning through Digital Media"

Interesting new collection of resources relevant to anyone teaching with and through digital media: Learning Through Digital Media Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy From the site intro (by Trebor Scholz): …

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COMMENTARY – Notes on the Rhetorical Nature of Web Design

These are the notes for a presentation I shared with colleagues on August 10, 2011, as part of the PWR Digital Composition Workshop. Notes on the Rhetorical Nature of Web …

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WEB RESOURCES – Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade

Dave Underwood just sent me this very timely article from a NY Times blog. I highly recommend it! Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade

TEACHING TIPS – Working Definition of Digital Literacy for College Students

NOTE: Originally posted on the PWR Teaching with Technology blog in October of 2011. I thought a few of you might find it helpful to see one approach to defining …

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WEB RESOURCES – Re-articulating the Mission and Work of Writing Programs with Digital Video

Interesting article on the value of using video as a way to document and promote the work of a writing program: “Re-articulating the Mission and Work of Writing Programs with …

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TEACHING TIPS – Screencasts to help with using for a class blog

Below are a few screencasts that might be helpful to those of you who are using blogs. For more handouts and screeencasts, see this new page under the Resources …

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TEACHING TIPS – Set up a class blog on

TEACHING TIPS – Using a class blog on

WEB RESOURCES – A few videos to inspire and enlighten

Below is a small selection of video projects that demonstrate some of the possibilities of digital composition, and, in a few cases, make commentary on it. Consider what would be …

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