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As I sit down to complete this final reflection on my professional growth, I’ve had two main thoughts: 1) have I really survived nine weeks of the semester? I rock! and 2) Eight week left? I’ll never make it. Of course, both thoughts contain the slightest bit of hyperbole. Overall,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at writingwithmachines
Throughout this semester, I come away from each topic—whether it’s feedback, peer review, reading discussions, etc.—with a vision of how I might implement or design my course for spring. Mayhap it’s a somewhat grabbled and blurry vision—but it’s a vision, nevertheless. Except for this week. I want to echo Janette’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at writingwithmachines
I know we were invited this week to reflect on the uniqueness of online feedback or the changes in how we would approach feedback in the online space. For most of this sequence and project I have been on that somewhat shaky and hypothetical ground. But this? I know this!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at writingwithmachines
Last semester I came across an article in College English from 2008, called “Texts of Our Institutional Lives: Studying the ‘Reading Transition’ from High School to College: What Are Our Students Reading and Why?”. David Jollifee and Allison Harl began to revolutionize the way I approached teaching reading—and writing—when it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at writingwithmachines
Down another rabbit hole: Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at writingwithmachines
After reading through this week’s links, I was left with one little thought: “...oh.” I was at a loss and more than a little overwhelmed. I had approached accessibility in online courses with a lack of humility, thinking to myself, “of course my classes are accessible and inclusive. My f2f... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at writingwithmachines
Currently, I use both Moodle and Blackboard. I’m fairly satisfied with both. That ideal CMS would probably allow me to cherry pick from the two (see my pro/con list). Looking over this list, I can see that I’m not quite using my CMS for anything too innovative or advanced. Yet.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at writingwithmachines
I approach this blog post with one of those confessional proclamations: Hi, my name is Melanie, and I’ve never before taught an online class. In the spirit of this confession, why not share a few more: I worry I may not have as much to contribute to discussions, I have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at writingwithmachines
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