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It’s new. It’s shiny! And it’s supported by our very own MiraCosta College (at least, they’re lending us the prestige of their wordpress url)! To find our active blog--and all things new and exciting and techy and teachery--please visit See you there! Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at writingwithmachines
The WritingwithMachines group is looking forward to the fall semester. This blog is about to become enriched once again as we begin our pedagogy-based course on teaching composition with technology, the second course offered in our Certification Sequence. This semester, our "brown-bag" discussions will move to an online forum. We’ll... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at writingwithmachines
The WritingwithMachines group is looking forward to an exciting spring semester. This blog is about to become enriched and active once again as a new cohort of comp faculty begins the Certification Sequence. We will also offer a workshop on using synchronous, digital forums during FLEX week. And finally, on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at writingwithmachines
Update: Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our meeting on September 16th. Please join us for our meeting on October 21st. WritingwithMachines will begin regular meetings on the Oceanside campus in room OC3512 on the 3rd Friday of each month: 9/16, 10/21, and 11/18 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at writingwithmachines
The WritingwithMachines faculty inquiry group will lead a FLEX workshop in the fall focused on on how to use technology to support reading and writing in your online and onsite classes. Specifically, we will focus on two ways to use Google docs in a networked classroom to teach close reading... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at writingwithmachines
...a clean, predictible, visually interesting space that invites interaction, critical reading, and healthy dissent that fosters community and collaboration: collaboration between myself and each student collaboration between students themselves collaboration with relevant college resources and consultants (such as the writing center) The dream CMS would be built around tools and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at writingwithmachines
I have this excellent, collaborative activity I use in my onsite classes to teach audience awareness. It’s sort of an inverted Pictionary game we play, where two students sit back to back, one facing an image I project on the screen and the other facing a blank piece of paper.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at writingwithmachines
In 2013, Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright successfully climbed all of California’s 14000ft mountain peaks, traversing many shear and exposed routes ropeless, and cycling (that’s right, on a bike) to each subsequent peak. Their accomplishments (and struggles) are documented in the award winning, and aptly title film “The Sufferfest,” and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at writingwithmachines
In defense of peer review workshops, Scott Warnock argues that if the online composition instructor sees “knowledge as being created by a community of knowledgeable peers and that learning is social, the peer review makes good sense” (115). I’m one of those kind of instructors, and I believe that peer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at writingwithmachines
A long-ish short video in which I share my approach to reading instruction in the online composition classroom, which involves reading journals, discussion boards, and probably too much enthusiasm. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at writingwithmachines
...and speaking of Coca Cola, how about the abundance of ways one can get a coke? I mean, there are stores, restaurants, your friend’s fridge, as well as vending machines, Cokes with your name already on them, and now, there’s this thing which makes Coke in the comfort of your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at writingwithmachines
I used to not caption my videos. Not out of obstinance or ignorance, but because firstly, captioning 15+ videos seemed like a lot of work, and secondly, no student (or student service representative) had complained. Thus, I figured myself safe: my current students were adequately receiving instruction, and I could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at writingwithmachines
23 seconds ago, I asked my students a question. No one has said anything yet. The question I asked pulled together two observations two different students had just shared about an article we’re discussing. They’re silent, not because they’re shy or confused, but because they’re in that liminal space where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at writingwithmachines
Relying only on Blackboard's 'Course' and 'Tools' links can limit design and sometimes require multiple clicks before arriving at content. Whether using Blackboard to teach composition online or onsite, this can lead to frustrations. Here's a brief tutorial on how to hijack Blackboard's design tools and place links anywhere. (This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at writingwithmachines
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