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But You Can’t Do That in a STEM course!

“I spent a whole year learning about all the different kinds of clouds. I still refer to them as ‘puffy clouds’, ‘rain clouds’, ‘snow clouds’, ‘hazy...
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A Classroom Romance

I’m a professor, and I’m in love with a student. It’s not the first time, either. Before I moved into teaching at the university level, I...
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Pedagogical Violence and the Power of Language

My parents handed the lawyer a plastic binder with a paper insert, “Maggie Melo.” Moments before, my parents flipped through the file with approving nods. I...
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Bit, Block, Sketch, Build: Bricolage and Educator Learning

Maybe this reads as familiar: A bit of information shorn of its original context, a fleeting reference to that thing you read last month, some multimodal...
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Fandom, Feminism, and Maker Pedagogy

In my graduate seminar on the History of Publishing, I ask students to “adopt” an object from Simon Fraser University’s Special Collections and to propose a...
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Student Shaming and the Need for Academic Empathy

“I feel I have just been beaten down with everything I have ever written.” The confessions begin at first reluctantly. Then, they gain momentum: “Writing feels...
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Digital Ghosts in the Modern Classroom

Students often explain that they take the courses I teach because they want to learn how to make GIFs, YouTube videos, and HTML/CSS websites. They want...
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Opening the Classroom: Ownership and Engagement

It was time to open up the classroom. I was tired of doing class on my own. Tired of designing lesson plans that minutely mapped every...
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Orphan MOOCs and the Digital Dark Ages

Once upon a time, I taught a MOOC. Actually it was twice, and really it was only four years ago. It was a course called Metadata:...
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Education in the (Dis)Information Age

We are all on the front lines in the war against disinformation. I recently visited a seminar course for history majors at University of Mary Washington....
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Adventures in Unveiling: Critical Pedagogy and Imagination

There never were going to be any dinosaur bones. Not on that cloudy day, nor on any other. But we went out anyway. With sandwiches and...
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Write Out Loud: Risk & Reward in Digital Publishing

Language is a source of power that makes things happen in the world, and that is an important and challenging lesson to teach in college writing courses....
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Critical Digital Praxis in Wikipedia: The Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia’s gender gap, which results in problems of representation attributed to the lack of women and non-male editors participating in the encylopedia’s production, is by now...
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Making the Invisible Visible

Simplifying people to stereotypes rarely has a noble purpose. In narrowing and propagating unnuanced definitions for human experiences or identities, the already marginalized can be dehumanized,...
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The Ultimate Life Experience: Preparing Students for the World Beyond the Classroom

There needs to be a general reshaping of how college is viewed and how colleges act. There is an epidemic going on right now. Students invest...
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Paradigms in Academe: On the Digital, Motherhood, and Location-Nonspecific Work

My day began at 2am. One of our kids stumbled into our room because he couldn’t sleep. We’ve learned the hard way that inviting him into...
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Risk and Event-Based Pedagogies

Writing is neither a process nor a product; it is an event that transforms those who engage in it. Teachers must acknowledge not just the rewards...
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Learning at the Intersections

I started writing this article on the day the Trump administration announced they were bombing Syria. A dark coincidence. The announcement came via my New York...
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The Safety Paradox

Two news stories at the beginning of the 2016 fall semester reignited an ongoing debate about the importance of safety in higher education. The first was...
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A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin

Students often find themselves uploading their content — their creative work — into the learning management system. Perhaps they retain a copy of the file on...
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Meeting the Dimensions of Education

When we talk about education, one fundamental thing from which we should start are the aspects in which education takes place. What does a person need...
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Indie, Open, Free: The Fraught Ideologies of Ed-Tech

I grew up in a middle-class American household, and I studied classical music. I took private lessons from seventh grade on. I owned my own instrument...
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Seeking Patterns and Making Meaning: Digital Life in the Tangerine Era

How do we as citizens, educators, parents, neighbors and consumers deal with the flood of political messaging in a polarized and polarizing phase in our society’s...
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The Pretense of Neutrality: Twitter, Digital Literacy, and First-Year Writing

“You can’t be neutral on a moving train” — Howard Zinn As universities go, the ethos of my home institution is relatively conservative. Conservative parents believe...
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Wakefulness and Digitally Engaged Publics

Before his death in 2003, Edward Said urged his colleagues to assume the role of public intellectuals in the service of democracy. Said, a professor of...
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