Archive of Kent State University Digital Composition Workshops, Fall 2011

This is an archival blog post of a previously posted page on dynamicsubspace.net. I am glad to have had the experience of teaching graduate students and faculty about using technology in the composition classroom, because these instructional/reflective workshops inform the teaching that I am now doing as a Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech. The original page is included below.

For Fall 2011, I am the Office of Digital Composition Coordinator at Kent State University, Department of English. As part of this assignment, I provide assistance to instructors and faculty in the use of digital technology in their writing classes and I facilitate workshops on specific digital writing technologies.

During fall semester, I offered workshops on the following three topics:

  • Using the Vista8 Blackboard Content Management System [pre-semester workshop, notes]
  • Blogging in the Classroom and Profession [see poster above, notes]
  • Multimodal Assignments and Assessment [see poster above, notes]

I am developing two more workshops that will be led by Professor Derek Van Ittersum during spring semester while I am completing my dissertation on a Pringle Fellowship:

  • Social Media and the Writing Class [read on Google Docs here]
  • Writing Collaboration Using Online Writing Tools [read on Google Docs here]

Second Blogging in the Classroom and Profession Workshop Success

This afternoon, I facilitated a second “Blogging in the Classroom and Profession” Workshop as part of my work in the Kent State English Department’s Office of Digital Composition.

Unlike my previous workshop, I switched the content around to talk about professional blogging first and classroom blogging second, because I wanted to accommodate the schedules of some workshop participants. Also, I wanted this workshop to be more of a conversation rather than a lecture, as my previous workshop had been.

I was very happy with our discussion. Some folks brought great questions and others shared their own experiences with blogging. All around, I am pleased with the dialog that we generated during this workshop.

Today’s Multimodal Assignments and Assessment Workshop, Notes and Resources

Today’s workshop has a reading component: Cynthia L. Selfe’s “Toward New Media Texts,” which is available here for a limited time, and my notes for this discussion are available here. Also, Derek Van Ittersum and I have a set of notes on Assessing Multimodal Student Work available here. Please print out Selfe’s article and bring it to the workshop today in Satterfield Hall 104 at 1:00PM. I will have copies of my notes and

Below, I have included a number of resources that you can use to teach yourself and your students the basics of creating multimodal compositions. There are links to tutorials on the basics of using different media effectively and how to use those media’s composition technologies.

General Resources

Student Multimedia Studio Tutorials for English Composition Courses [KSU Library]

Student Multimedia Studio Tutorials–first class resource for getting started and teaching students how to use technology [KSU Library]

Online Writing

What Makes for Good Web Design [youtube]

How to Upload Web Pages to Kent State Student Personal Webspace [KSU Library]

HTML Tutorial 1 – Building a Website in Notepad [youtube]

How to Make/Design a Website with Dreamweaver [youtube]

How to Use WordPress.com [youtube]

How to Create a Blog on Blogger [youtube]

Presentations

Don McMillan: Life After Death by Powerpoint [youtube]

Powerpoint 2010 Basic Tutorial [youtube]

Pecha Kucha: Get to the Powerpoint in 20 Slides [youtube]

Audio

Katie Couric on How to Conduct a Good Interview [youtube]

How to Record an Oral History Interview [youtube]

Audacity Tutorial: Part 1 [youtube]

Movies

Film School: Basic Framing Types [youtube]

Shoot Your Friends – Filming Basics [youtube]

Learn iMovie 11 by Ken [youtube]

Getting Started Tutorial – Windows Live Movie Maker [youtube]

Blogging Workshop Wrap-up

The folks who showed up to the Blogging in the Classroom and Profession Workshop and I had a good conversation, but I hope to gather a larger audience at the next workshop, particularly of new graduate assistances in the department. I had planned the events around the time when no graduate students were taking class–it would have been nearly impossible to also account for when they were teaching class, too.

I have already made my notes available online, but I will add some video from the workshop to YouTube and link it here, soon. Also, if there is enough interest, I can try to hold another set of workshops on a TTh time slot in November.

Stay tuned!

Reminder: Blogging in the Classroom and the Profession Workshop, Wed Oct 11, 1-2:00PM, SFH 104

A friendly reminder for my friends in the Kent State English Department: I will lead the first of two planned Office of Digital Composition Workshops tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday October 11 from 1:00-2:00PM in Satterfield Hall Room 104. The topic of the workshop is Blogging in the Classroom and the Profession. I will post workshop notes on dynamicsubspace.net before the workshop tomorrow. See you there!