Practitioner Stories

I’ve always been a fan of Jim Ridolfo’s article on rhetorical delivery via the practitioner story of Maggie, a feminist activist who was working on a manifesto. In the production of that manifesto, she shopped it around for feedback before publication before it was eventually recomposed and recirculated after she distributed it. I think that… Continue reading Practitioner Stories

Digital Scrap 2: Videomaking as Layered Literacy

I’ve been a fan of Daniel Anderson‘s videos for years. They’re really interesting examples of multiple issues coming together: layered literacy, materiality, performance, making (poesis), rhetoric, and art (techne). As part of my credentialing for become an online teacher, I’m enrolled in a professional development course, and the first assignment in the course was to create… Continue reading Digital Scrap 2: Videomaking as Layered Literacy

WAC and TFT: Does Theory Need Verification?

In a couple of earlier posts (intro here and follow-up here), I introduced and discussed a version of a TFT course I’m developing keyed to introducing students to writing in their target disciplines. This post comes as an update, detailing the relationship between an assignment I inherited and the TFT curriculum. Since “Interdisciplinary Composition” was developed, it included an… Continue reading WAC and TFT: Does Theory Need Verification?

Digital Scrap 1: Newhive

I was introduced to NewHive by Jason Luther in his introduction as a DRC Fellow. It’s an interesting platform with many more possibilities than I’ve suggested here through my own composition. I used it (like Jason) as a introductory piece but this time as a ‘meet the new faculty’ section of my departmental newsletter, but I see… Continue reading Digital Scrap 1: Newhive

The Social Web During Hurricane Matthew

Now that everyone has stopped talking about Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, I feel like I can make this observation. But first, a little background: I’m from Arkansas, a land-locked state where tornadoes are the concern. Unlike hurricanes,  tornadoes are momentary. They last a few minutes, and everything is either okay or less than okay. My… Continue reading The Social Web During Hurricane Matthew

Digital Reading and Lanham’s Looking

Richard Lanham's AT/THROUGH Oscillations

In my digital rhetoric course this morning I asked students to build on our ongoing conversations about genre and the rhetorical situation, writing and technology by looking at Anne Wysocki’s “The Multiple Media of Texts.” Although this piece is a little too oriented to analysis (instead of composing), I like this piece. I’ve been assigning… Continue reading Digital Reading and Lanham’s Looking


I started teaching a FYW course at CofC keyed to WAC today; the course is called Interdisciplinary Composition. In the course, students examine how disciplines across the curriculum write to make and share knowledge. The TFT curriculum seemed like a natural way of meeting the outcome of the course by helping students become familiar with vital writing concepts… Continue reading WAC and TFT

On 3D Printing

The past ten years have been about discovering new ways to create, invent, and work together on the Web. The next ten years will be about applying those lessons to the real world. — Chris Anderson, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, p. 17 3D printers, a piece of hardware used primarily to create prototypes of objects,… Continue reading On 3D Printing