Rhetoric 110N: Written Communication Intensive Language, Literacy, and identity: Ways of being and thinking that shape us

Incorporating technology to improve learning.

Nicole Gonzales Howell

End of Fall 2016

Quick recap: As a core class, Rhetoric 110N focuses on building critical reading skills, developing sophisticated revision strategies, formulating affective claims and arguments, and developing a mature and credible writing style. In my course I work with students through an inquiry into how language and literacy affect our identity and how we might look critically at our own literacy practices. In general, students will produce a formal academic summary, annotated bibliography, a mixed-media project with a presentation, and a final research argument essay.

This is a six-unit class that meets three times a week, and includes two days of "lecture" and one day in a computer lab. Last fall I used computer lab time to work on drafts and research in a "flipped" classroom fashion and plan on doing the same this semester.

Challenges met with technology:

  • Class calendar/Organization
  • Communication
  • Consistency
Canvas is the most accessible form of technology available to me and my students so I began my technological journey there.
Measuring technological benefit: student stories, student engagement, and assignment completion

One more plug for Collaborations on Canvas!

Don't try and do too much!

Credits:

Created with images by image4you - "notebook laptop computer" • Pexels - "adult blur chair" • domeckopol - "still life bottles color" • bykst - "burn burned out stress"

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