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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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Twessays and Composition in the Digital Age

While written assignments are typically growing in length in line with the ever-expanding volume of resources available to student writers, platforms like Twitter demand more succinct...
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Community-Focused Versus Market-Driven Education

Public education is now transitioning from a system of educating citizens to a market for profit.  “Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding...
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Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies

Misinformation abounds. This has always been the case, but the problem has become acute in the age of digital communication. As Mike Caulfield and Zeynep Tufekci...
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Pedagogical Training via Relationship Building: The Value of Peer Mentoring

Graduate students enter graduate programs hungry to learn about research, teaching, and professionalization. They seek knowledge of their discipline, socialization from faculty and peers, and most...
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Creativity and the Power of Two

Running into each other on the Columbia University campus, we often chatted about books, teaching and learning, music, plants, Broadway shows, and our theories about how...
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Confessions of a Graduate Teacher (Once Lost, Now Found)

This is a story about two hemispheres of graduate school: teaching and dissertating. It is a story about how those two parts sometimes cohere but are...
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“Hands-Off” Teaching: Facilitating Conversation as Pedagogy in Library Instruction

 “Knowledge creation is a conversation.” — R. David Lankes “I celebrate teaching that enables transgressions — a movement against and beyond boundaries. It is that movement...
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Confessions of a Self-Taught College Instructor: Embracing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

When I started graduate school and immediately became the instructor of record of a freshman composition course, I had a couple of advantages going for me....
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(dis)Owning Tech: Ensuring Value and Agency at the Moment of Interface

Education is big business. In the U.S., over 5% of gross domestic product is earmarked for education. Student debt in the U.S. is estimated to be over...
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Beyond Surface-Level Digital Pedagogy

In 2013–14, a remarkable 20.5% (154,636) of all Master’s degrees were earned by students in the field of education. Only the field of business boasts a higher...
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In the Clutches of Algorithms

We sacrifice control in the name of convenience. As we become like cyborgs, we should expect more control over our technology. Tech has long aimed to provide additional conveniences...
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Learning Through Conversation

“My teaching portfolio speaks of challenges and failures alongside successes, all woven into a narrative organically establishing who I am and why I do what I...
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Whistling While They Worked: The Need for Creative Freedom in Collaborative Projects

It began with a blank Google Doc. No ideas, no suggestions, and no direction. Just a notion that somehow three small high school classes could use...
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(Higher) Education as Bulwark of Uselessness

Almost two years ago, halfway through the twisting path that was my doctoral course, I found myself in Finland, at the “Critical Evaluation of Game Studies...
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Beyond Academic Twitter: Social Media and the Evolution of Scholarly Publication

“What should academics do on Twitter?” At a recent roundtable workshop on developing a professional academic digital identity, I heard the first four speakers address that...
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Separate but Equal: Substitute Teaching Done Right

Every day, students across the country open the doors to their classrooms and see a stranger standing where their regular teacher should be. “Are you our...
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Gifts of the Moment: Learning to Listen and Respond through Improvisation

For a class discussion to be student-centered, teachers must cede control, and teachers must listen. For many reasons though, these tasks prove difficult. Teachers often do...
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No Holes for Us Round Pegs: Why Adjunct Faculty Don’t Fit In

In recent years the long hidden problem of the adjunct faculty has become widely recognized, as in a series of articles in Hybrid Pedagogy published in...
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Making Disability Part of the Conversation: Combatting Inaccessible Spaces and Logics

In a string of recent education articles, researchers have praised the benefits of hand-written notes and instructors have forbidden computers from classrooms. Frustrated with her student’s...
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Using a Compass without a Map: The Journey of a Mother-Educator

Orienting Inquiry and Process We shape our lives at the intersection and interstices of choice and chance. Subject to the vicissitudes of chance, we must ask...
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Messy Minds: The Autoethnography of Learning

I’ve had my arse handed to me a few times online. Enough times to realise that writing provocatively (whether intentional or not) is often worth the...
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Risk Taking is a Form of Playing it Safe

We like to talk about risk. We talk about the virtues of taking risks, we tell each other to take risks, we tell each other to...
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