In Summer 2009, I was searching for a good video about the recent changes to the MLA Handbook, but I couldn’t find one . . . so I made one. Many excellent videos have since cropped up, but I think mine was one of the first.
My expository writing class relies on Diigo; students use it to mark up places in their weekly blog posts where they used the rhetorical term of the week and the They Say, I Say template of the week, using a tool that those in our class can see but that is invisible to the web at large. Because it’s such a crucial tool, it seemed important to provide a resource showing students how I expected them to use it.
USF’s FYC program created an in-house assessment tool called My Reviewers, which required students to upload pdfs for a while, a requirement that baffled many of our students.
Dr. Meredith Zoetewey showed me the wisdom of using Tables to teach resume design, and I’ve taught resumes that way ever since. This video was for my students just before we discussed resumes, so that class time could focus on design issues, not technology troubles.
This is a simple introduction to issues of fair use and copyright when it comes to creating multimedia compositions in the classroom.
Videos for First-Year Composition at the University of South Florida
When we introduced a writing project asking students to use Rogerian Argument, the biggest problem was that often, neither our teachers nor our students were familiar with the term. This video was designed as a quick-and-dirty (and funny) introduction to the concept.
Building on the success of the above Rogerian Argument video, I built this video as a simple introduction to our second-most-difficult term in FYC classes: historiography.
The Bullitzer Prize is our yearly publication of the best essays written by students in FYC courses. Teachers nominate students and give them written instructions on how to upload, but many students were having trouble following them; this video was a supplement to those written instructions.
One of my duties as community manager of the FYC program was teacher training, especially helping them learn program- and university-required technology, like Blackboard.
This is another introduction to a (now out-of-date) writing project at USF. This is probably the only video on this page that was entirely pre-scripted; when I listen to it now I’m inspired to do so more often.
Click the following images for examples of my visual, web, and document design.
Expository Writing (ENC 3310)
Professional Writing (ENC 3250)
Technical Writing (ENC 2210)
Composition 2 Online (ENC 1102)
- Podcast Assignment (pdf)
- Slideshow Assignment (pdf)
- Political Rhetoric Writing Project (pdf)
- Online Communities for Justice Writing Project (pdf)