“Having Access Doesn’t Make It Accessible”: Thinking about Audience in the Public Digital Humanities

“Going public means more than going digital and more than imagining an anonymous ‘general audience'” writes Cameron Blevins in “Going Public: The Primacy of Audience in Digital Public Humanities.” 

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Easter Break Hours

The Writing Center will be closed on Thursday, March 24th, and will reopen on Tuesday, March 29th.

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Peter Elbow’s “Contract for B”

Do you want to reward students’ writing process along with their final product? Gary R. Hafer reports on the benefits of using Peter Elbow’s “Contract for B” system, which he describes as “effort-aware grading” in his article “The Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit.” A similar approach, based on meeting/exceeding set criteria but without the legal metaphor, is called Specification Grading.

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How I Write Podcast

What do scholarly writing processes really look like? Hilton Obenzinger tells us all the nitty-gritty details in his new book, How We Write.  CLICK HERE for the podcast version, which includes his interviews with leading researchers at Stanford.

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Spring Break

The Writing Center will be closed during spring break. It will be closed during Thursday, March 3rd, until Sunday, March 13th. It will reopen Monday, March 14th at 3pm.

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The First 5 Minutes

James M. Lang offers advice on shifting students’ attention to course content in his Chronicle article “Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class.”  He notes that writing in class is a particularly effective form of engaging students: “Frequent, low-stakes writing assignments constitute one of the best methods you can use to solicit engagement and thinking in class… Let a writing exercise help you bring focus and engagement to the opening of every class session. Build it into your routine. Class has begun: time to write, time to think.”

Also, check out his post on “The Last 5 Minutes” and “Giving Them A Say;” both articles have great advice from his new book Small Teaching.

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We’re back!

The Writing Center will reopen Sunday, January 17th at 7pm.

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Basic Writing, Community Engagement, and Interdisciplinarity

Check out this special issue of The Basic Writing eJournal on Basic Writing, Community Engagement, and Interdisciplinarity.

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Grammar Quizzes

Looking for some resources to review the basics of grammar and mechanics? Check out these sites:

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The Disfluency Effect

Is it worth printing your paper prompts in strange colors and fonts? Research is divided, but you can read this 2011 article “Fortune Favors the Bold” to learn more about the disfluency effect.

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