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Grades Fail Student Engagement with Learning | the becoming radical
Gaming the grade book and other study techniques leads to de-grading strategies. Minimal requirements, artifacts, no 0s.
grading  a&e  de  fyc  pedagogy  testing 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
Bad advice on being a good writer
Keep the pressure up: no to StrunkNWhite
"Stay away from the advice of anyone who recommends Strunk (or Strunk and White). If you want a book on how to write, read Steven Pinker's superb book The Sense of Style."
tech_writing  writing  fyc  prescriptivism 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
Watters: Student Data is the New Oil: MOOCs, Metaphor, and Money
A direct connect to students on what's collected and who profits (spoiler: it's not the student). Added bonus, Why I Don't Use D2l Reason #11: "Degree Compass [data mining and analytics"Instead it uses predictive analytics techniques based on grade and enrollment data to rank courses according to factors that measure how well each course might help the student progress through their program."] was acquired by the learning management system Desire2Learn in early 2013 for an undisclosed amount of money." One for FYC and A&E to read.
fyc  a&e  d2l  education 
june 2014 by mcmorgan
Writing Instructor, Skeptical of Automated Grading, Pits Machine vs. Machine - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education
How grading writing is really a social dance, and machine grading a dance of the machines. Consider how granting agency to the machines changes the questions of reading and writing and persuasion while you sit back and enjoy the ballet.
fyc  machinegrading  dh  agency 
may 2014 by mcmorgan
Essay critiques how 'student as customer' idea erodes key values in higher education | Inside Higher Ed
she tries to argue for an up side, for responsibility, but that only works if you grant the premise, which I don't, and am not persuaded. "The student-as-customer model, because it is premised upon unsustainable growth and unsecured debt, and government abandonment of its responsibilities, is the human equivalent of strip-mining. It is a wholesale mortgage of the future in exchange for fleeting short terms gains. The problem is not even necessarily in having a student-as-customer model, but in assuming that growth, rather than sustainability and equilibrium, is the only forward motion available to higher education.
march 2014 by mcmorgan
» Zen Scavenger Essay Writing SAMPLE REALITY
In a related exercise, students get a wordle of a scholarly essay and are to reconstruct the original.
DH  fyc  recomposing 
november 2013 by mcmorgan
» What’s Wrong With Writing Essays SAMPLE REALITY
"The student essay is a twitch in a void. A compressed outpouring of energy (if we’re lucky) that means nothing to no one. ... This is the primary reason I’ve integrated more and more public writing into my classes. I strive to instill in my students the sense that what they think and what they say and what they write matters — to me, to them, to their classmates, and through open access blogs and wikis, to the world." And he means, also, writing on objects in the world.
DH  fyc 
november 2013 by mcmorgan
The Two Cultures of Educational Reform - Stanley Fish
Fish weighs in on evaluation kulture, with "Not only is there no right answer when the subject is Melville, there’s no right question, just the undesigned and often circuitous process of turning the object of your attention this way and that way until something arresting emerges, and then you do it again, without the programmed prompting of any deus ex machina. How can you measure or preplan that? You can’t, and so much the worse for Melville, who will just have to be left behind, along with a great deal else that belongs to the culture of art and intuition." Actually, the piece is gracious in critique - exemplar
fyc  assessment  DH  pedagogy 
august 2013 by mcmorgan
A Domain of One's Own | University of Mary Washington
U Mary Washington gets it right: "freshmen with their own domain names and Web space. Students will have the freedom to create subdomains, install any LAMP-compatible software, setup databases and email addresses, and carve out their own space on the web that they own and control"
ple  fyc  d2l  bigdata  identity  privacy  learninganalytics 
august 2013 by mcmorgan
The Ideal English Major - The Chronicle Review -
One for FYW and print argument, making a fallacious argument about The Quality of Being an English Major. Sample: "The businessman prattles about excellence, leadership, partnerships, and productivity. The athlete drones on about the game plan, the coach, one play at a time, and the inestimable blessing of having teammates who make it all possible. The politician pontificates about unity, opportunity, national greatness, and what's in it for the middle class. When such people talk, they are not so much human beings as tape loops." And it doesn't get much better than that. One of those essays that takes back in its enactment most of what it says in it's argument.
fyc  fallacious  argument 
july 2013 by mcmorgan
Teachers and Students: Machines and their Products?
"A great deal of what today’s education “reformers” believe is based on the idea that every student is a nascent autodidact. The only thing they are missing is opportunity. Most people, including most children, however, don’t see themselves as “starved” for knowledge or learning. They are getting along quite fine with what they have, thank you."
xmooc  edreform  fyc 
may 2013 by mcmorgan
A Course in Online Civility - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
An odd one, where online discussions actually occur and with some politeness. The value points are in Goedde's connection of discourse form - rant, off-hand comment - with lack of development. "Students disagree with each other, sometimes strongly, but they also take pains to be polite.

Their motivation is clear: Their grade depends on it. In my online classes, every assignment, big and small, is written. If the writing is sloppy or dogmatic, it doesn't earn a high grade. For example, students routinely give feedback on one another's drafts. If a student responds with a rant, either in support or opposition, it typically means the ideas are not organized, so I take off points. If a student's comments are offhanded, it typically means that the ideas are underdeveloped, or that claims are made without evidence to support them, and the grade reflects this shortcoming."
netiquette  fyc  dialogue 
may 2013 by mcmorgan
You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help
On David Levy and mindfulness in study. Mindfulness can help control attention. Using Camtasia to track muliitasking.
multitasking  mindfulness  fyc 
march 2013 by mcmorgan
Student expelled from Brainerd nursing school for Facebook comments sues -
According to the Press, the issue isn't what the student posted but that the admin is sidestepping policies. Is it a moral tale yet? It might become one.
dangersofblogging  facebook  fyc 
february 2013 by mcmorgan
Revolution Hits the Universities - An exam
I glossed over this on a first read - anything that starts "LORD knows there’s a lot of bad news in the world today to get you down," is going to be a sermon - and on a second read, it's still tripe. But it sparks a great set of equally facile responses. Maybe I don't read the mainstream enough, but it's scary out there.

Just listen to this: "Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty — by providing them an affordable education to get a job or improve in the job they have."

Is that Friedman's statement or a commentator? Hard to tell? What does that say about Friedman? NYT readers? School systems in general? Discuss. Be detailed. Try please please try to ground your discussion in observations and reason. Don't fall back on social determinism. 10 points.
mooc  de  promotion  #edcmooc  fyc  argument 
january 2013 by mcmorgan
n+1: The Intellectual Situation
ah, finally long form that doesn't take the New Yorker high road, oh so popular retro diem. " But like the guy who just won’t take no for an answer, the Atlantic will never stop asking. Guilt is a gold mine. “Marry Him!” They might as well say, “Subscribe!” The Atlantic takes one reactionary impulse and sublimates it with another, hoping it can persuade us to make the same error in reverse, substituting our freshly provoked anxiety about finding a fuckable husband with an intense desire to commit to a reliable magazine. So far, this strategy seems to be working."
january 2013 by mcmorgan
A Rule Which Will Live in Infamy - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Whacks the prescriptivist mole of which/that. But what I really like is the side note that White edited Strunk's original version to comply with White's stylistic prescriptions.
linguistics  FYC  prescriptivism 
december 2012 by mcmorgan
Flying Logic : Software for Visual Planning Support : About
Hmm. Marketing speak, pseudo-method, or something substantive here. That I have to ask the question suggests the former.
fyc  erhetoric  rhetoric 
september 2012 by mcmorgan
Like me! Like me! Doing business in the Facebook age
light weight OV of a business psychology bent towards social media
fyc  socialmedia 
september 2012 by mcmorgan
The Twitter Essay | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY
Write an essay in exactly 140 characters that does real work in the world.
DH  twitter  FYC 
august 2012 by mcmorgan
The Digital World Demands a New Mode of Reading - Academic Workplace 2012 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sweet bit of short-fluf to start a discussion in FYC or among the lit majors who enjoy their paper Harry Potter and side-step 19th century syntax.
reading  fyc 
august 2012 by mcmorgan
The Myth of the Tech-Savvy Student - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Two uses: a) to counter the tech eddies claim that we need to move faster, and b) to signal the need for more literacy focus in FYC et al. The myth was cooked up by admins and eddies mistaking marketing surveys for educational surveys.
wcw  fyc  marketeering  marketing 
august 2012 by mcmorgan
Academic Toolbox :: Resources :: Advising Success Center :: Services :: Students :: Bemidji State University
Poor writing, poor selection, and poor advice. A hat trick - in more ways than one. Excellent set of pages for a re-write/re-design by WCW. #en3177
fyc  wcw  rewriting  redesign  BogusEducation 
july 2012 by mcmorgan
Multitasking May Hurt Your Performance, But It Makes You Feel Better
it makes class time bearable. "The findings showed that multitasking often gave the students an emotional boost, even when it hurt their cognitive functions, such as studying."
fyc  multitasking 
may 2012 by mcmorgan
No one owns a hashtag « BuzzMachine
From the originator of #fuckyouwashington, which created a minor hashblurp. Some thoughts on how the tag functions socially.
twitter  hashtag  fyw  fyc  erhetoric  en3177 
august 2011 by mcmorgan
Jonathan Franzen: Read Some Erving Goffman. Please!
one for first-year comp in design of the argument.
fyc  tyw  a&e 
june 2011 by mcmorgan
Why the Future of College isn’t on Campus | Brazen Life
Short post that will be good to critique in A&E. Lovely little half-truths, gross generalizations, even some bullet-proofing of arguments - all make it attractive to buy into, but weak and in the end, nothing new. Can also come at this from a distortion of ethos: apparent practical wisdom that is built of unquestioned aphorisms and placebos. Can see it by asking if the ethos is open to an alternative. Mis-leading title: this is back focused, not future. Nothing new here. Summed up in: Yes, it's apparent in your writing that you learned very little in college.
a&e  fyc  argument  fallacious  bulletproofing  tribalism 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
Critical thinking: Why our students need it and resources for teaching it
less on critical thinking as a practice and more like 3 examples of skepticism. a starting point, but not an ending point. solid critical thinking would address her opening statement that the education system doesn't teach critical thinking. read it.
fyw  lib_ed  fyc 
february 2011 by mcmorgan
Science Proves You’re Stupid
light-handed synopisis and essay on cognition a d action. Too glib? might be. "Fiction is stuff you know you’re making up, and memoir is stuff you don’t know you’re making up." that is.
cognition  essay  fyc 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Social networking: teachers blame Facebook and Twitter for pupils' poor grades - Telegraph
The opening claim - "Children who spend much of their time online find it harder to concentrate in class, are permanently distracted and have shorter attention spans, researchers found." - turns out to be perceptions and beliefs by teachers. The article tells us more about misconceptions than what student are doing. Shame on Telegraph.
Fyc  myths  facebook  twitter 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
The Shadow Scholar - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Freelancers. Make xtra $$ at home on your spare time. Paper pirates are pricey. Let's keep it that way.
freelancing  cheating  fyc 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Gary Hamel on Managing Generation Y - the Facebook Generation - WSJ
Seems I've seen these 12 points before - can't recall where, but they are familiar. Anyway, brief, light-weight toss-off article homogenizes The Kids by working backwards from characteristics of some web interactions to characterizing the Coming Workers.
management  facebook  newmedia  socialmedia  fyc  fluff 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Naked CIO: Apple's iPad - why it's iBad for business IT | Page 2 | CIO Insights |
Businesses stay clear of ipad. Why? "All they care about is selling volume to pimply-faced teenagers looking for the next big thing. It is not in their business model and so it can't be in ours." Talk about a specious argument. I say, Fine. Keep ipads out of business. we spotty-faced pros do just fine without your tribe.
business  tribalism  rhetoric  fyc  iPad 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
The origins of abc | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog
via techrhet: Dead on intro to development of the western alphabet and writing.
typography  printing  history  the_page  writing  fyc 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt' : NPR
Local boy plays Lynn Truss, gets on NPR. The problem with signage fascists is that you can never tell if they are being good-natured, or just dim and nasty. All that talk about writing wrongs and whiting-out sin and evil might be posing and bluster. This typo-boy is polite, at any rate.
strunknwhite  fyc  grammar 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
De inventione punctus | Bookfuturism
Little bib on changing punctuation conventions, some of the speculation resting too much on ... um ... speculation. Leaves out Crystal and Baron. "All signs suggest punctuation is in flux. In particular, our signs that mark grammatical (and sometimes semantic) distinctions are waning, while those denoting tone and voice are waxing."
writing  writinglore  punctuation  fyc  twwt  erhetoric 
july 2010 by mcmorgan The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book
A brief look at how text that can circulate through the web creates more value than text locked in boxes- the problem starts when we're limited in what we can circulate, whether by lack of copy and paste or rights restrictions. Starts with commonplaces books as web snippets and rests the argument on that practice. "A single piece of information designed to flow through the entire ecosystem of news will create more value than a piece of information sealed up in a glass box." "When text is free to flow and combine, new forms of value are created, and the overall productivity of the system increases. " The
mashup  textual_circulation  fyc  literacy  books  commonplacebook  copyright  ipad  socialpractices  DH 
may 2010 by mcmorgan
apophenia » Blog Archive » Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)
radical transparency.” In short, Kirkpatrick argues that Zuckerberg believes that people will be better off if they make themselves transparent. Not only that, society will be better off. (We’ll ignore the fact that Facebook’s purse strings may be better off too.) My encounters with Zuckerberg lead me to believe that he genuinely believes this, he genuinely believes that society will be better off if people make themselves transparent
facebook  privacy  socialmedia  socialnetworking  credibility  fyc 
may 2010 by mcmorgan
You’re Welcome, You Bastards
TechCrunch meets Fortune and sparcs fly off the paper. The whole snafu is caused by an intern, that's clear. But it does dramatize the clash of currencies.
copyright  publishing2.0  printing  fyc 
may 2010 by mcmorgan
eLearn: Best Practices - eLearning Tools for English Composition
A list of tools and toys - sites and applications - for the very traditional way of teaching first-year comp. I wouldn't call this best practice so much local practice, and I don't see these so much as tools for learning as tools for teaching. Perhaps a counter-list is in order.
twwt  DE  fyw  fyc 
april 2010 by mcmorgan
To Scroll or Not to Scroll
Readers using scrolling material had lower recall of information. More study necessary.
scrolling  reading  fyc 
march 2010 by mcmorgan
Has the Internet Changed the Way You Think
"We create tools and then we mold ourselves in their image." and other comments
january 2010 by mcmorgan
How Online Retailers Read Your Mind - Gadgetwise Blog -
Color and design don't persuade but make the mind receptive to an aspect of a message.
rhetoric  fyc  visualrhetoric  visualliteracy  erhetoric  neuromarketing 
december 2009 by mcmorgan
Restaurants Use Menu Psychology to Entice Diners -
Light reading for FYC. Assignment: List five ways you could revise the menu to make even more profit - without alienating diners. Extra points for emerging with your ethos intact.
rhetoric  socialpractices  fyc 
december 2009 by mcmorgan
Deeplinking » Consciousness, Pleasure and Website Addiction
Map of visual processing centers of the brain, and extension of Ware's ideas. Why droodles are more satisfying than doodles.
fyc  design  visualdesign  erhetoric 
december 2009 by mcmorgan
The Millennial Muddle: How Stereotyping Students Became an Industry - Student Affairs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A close and thorough look at three or four ways of analyzing and grouping students. Opens up a general critique of the method and those who base their assumptions and actions on the results. Valuable for FYC.

""There's this expectation that your No. 1 job is to pander to this exotic alien consumer," says Mr. Vaidhyanathan, an associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. "At that point, you cease being a teacher and you are simply selling yourself to an audience that might not be interested in buying.""

says Mr. Vaidhyanathan. "Generational thinking is just a benign form of bigotry, in which you flatten out diversity. This is debilitating to the job of trying to work with young people."

"Some folks are using this as a template and a cookbook," Mr. Bonner says of Millennials descriptions. "It makes it very difficult to see and understand variations because people who don't fit the recipe may be viewed as outliers. That anesthetizes nuances."
fyc  socialpractices  social_learning  teaching  students_as_customers 
november 2009 by mcmorgan
Bedford Bits » Blog Archive » Twitter Resources for the Classroom
Now that you’ve learned to use Twitter to communicate with friends and colleagues, it’s time to think about how to use it in the classroom.
twitter  twwt  fyc  courses 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
John Lundberg: Sarah Palin, The Anti-Poet
Light-hearted consideration of Palin's speech patterns broken into phrases.
Fyc  teaching 
july 2009 by mcmorgan
Professors experiment with Twitter as teaching tool - JSOnline
List of faculty at Marquette who are using twitter for classes and why. The usual reasons and uses. One warning to limit personal exchanges.
twitter  socialpractices  socialmedia  privacy  facebook  teaching  fyc 
july 2009 by mcmorgan
Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers -
OV of the Stanford study, and the usual suspects comment on facility v quality.
literacy  newliteracy  fyc 
june 2009 by mcmorgan
How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live -- Printout -- TIME
ambient awareness. An ok entry article for FYC students. Deals with live twittering as a fundamental move / difference: "Put those three elements together — social networks, live searching and link-sharing — and you have a cocktail that poses what may amount to the most interesting alternative to Google's near monopoly in searching. " Follow up with students twittering a class session for another group of students who aren't attending.
twitter  FYC  reading  CWI  literacy 
june 2009 by mcmorgan
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