The case for Communication Across the Curriculum: broadening our understanding of composition

David Gooblar challenges the assumption that writing is the only–or best–way to ask students to communicate what they know. He writes, “No matter your discipline, I bet your goals for your students include critical thinking, disciplinary literacy, the ability to persuasively argue ideas, and the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important concepts. None of those goals requires writing. Indeed, some of them may be better achieved through the use of speech, visual or auditory communication, or digital tools” (emphasis mine). See more at “What Teachers in Other Fields Can Teach You.”

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The Pedagogy Project

HASTAC (an online community of digital humanists) has recently launched “The Pedagogy Project”–a collection of teaching resources for collaborative, digital projects. The site includes ideas for assignments, assessment, in-class activities, and writing.

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Public Intellectuals: Writing for a Public Audience

Mark Greif argues that academics who write for public audiences need to return to an “aspirational” estimation of the public. Learn more in his article, “What’s Wrong with Public Intellectuals?”

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Designing a new INTG course

For faculty who weren’t able to join us for the CAC workshop on designing and proposing a new course for Integrated Studies, you might be interested in the following handouts:

Integrated Studies Overview: mission statement, learning goals, and shared vocabulary

Global Perspectives: GP Shared AssignmentGP Learning Outcomes; GP Sample Proposal

Reflections: Reflections Learning OutcomesReflections Sample Proposal

Citizenship: Citizenship Learning Outcomes

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bridget Draxler (CAC coordinator), Stacy Lotz (INTG coordinator), Sean Schumm (chair of curriculum committee), or the INTG coordinator for the course you’re interested in teaching.

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The Verdict on Wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the great controversies of the modern research paper. Is is an acceptable source? off-limits? a good place to start? Learn more from undergraduate blogger Mikal Cardine in this article: “Wikipedia: What Professors Tell Students and What Students Do.”

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For Adeline Koh’s advice to teachers, see “Integrating Wikipedia in Your Course: Tips & Tricks.” 

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Writing is Hard

Writing is hard… but it’s also a luxury. Read Rachel Toor’s advice on writing in “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers.”

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Faculty and Student Perspectives on Feedback

How do faculty and student perspectives differ when it comes to feedback on written work? Learn more from this infographic from turnitin.com.

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Be a Better Writing Coach

Rob Jenkins offers great advice on giving paper feedback, whether you’re a teacher, a writing tutor, or a student reading an essay for a friend, by reminding us that less is more: “Three Things You Need to Work On.”

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Paleography

Are you working in an archive to do research this semester, either in special collections at Monmouth, at the local history museum or public library, or online? Check out this great resource for reading handwritten documents.

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Professors’ Pet Peeves

Students: as you start the semester and begin writing papers, check out this advice on Professors’ Pet Peeves.

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