I'm taking today to finalize my syllabus for the ENGL1102 courses I'll be teaching this fall. Classes start a week from tomorrow, so it's probably a good idea for me to get a move on. Last night I shifted my plans somewhat and made the decision to conduct the entire course in WordPress (except for the absolute minimum in the LMS for essay submission and grading purposes). This is not a complete surprise - I've used WordPress as a central component of the composition courses I've taught at Georgia Tech for the past two years. But in the past I've dabbled in other platforms as well: Mediawiki and Twitter, primarily. This semester I'm going to use WordPress as the core of the work we do. I want to see how far I can stretch it to reinforce the multimodal foundation of the writing and communication courses we teach here.
Successfully avoiding marking essays today by:
1) Writing frantically - REED article, ISE proposal, RSA presentation.
2) Applying a new theme to the blog (tired of the dark brown background).
3) Adding a new tagline: "Study as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow." Ascribed to St. Edmund of Abingdon. Truer words and all that.
4) Updating The Tarlton Project blog with "Talking About Tarlton" post.
5) Squeeing to be included in the March edition of ProfHacker's Teaching Carnival for the #DigitalBard A Midsummer Night's Dream module. Thanks to Katy Crowther for the nomination!
And with that, it's back to grading.
[reposted from TECHStyle]
This week I'm teaching Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle as part of my English 1102 course on London City Comedy. The play is usually identified as a breakthrough Early Modern parody (of other plays like The Shoemaker's Holiday and The Four Prentises) and one of the first English plays to break the fourth wall. It is also a very challenging read, since at any time there are some three interweaving plot lines - not to mention the added noodle-twist of trying to imagine a boys acting company playing both cast and planted audience members. more "Skiles Breezeway or Blackfriars Theatre?"