Today it was #Brexit. Two days ago it was #nobillnobreak. Two weeks ago it was #Orlando. Friends and colleagues in Texas are attending workshops on how to deal with campus carry. Friends and colleagues in the U.K. and Europe are wondering about ... everything. I don't mean to conflate the profound and disturbing events and trends that have led to fear and hatred and tragedy on so many levels. What can we do in the face of all of this, when doors are being slammed shut, and friends and colleagues are in real physical and personal and professional danger?
As you'll know if you've read the last few posts that my ambitious course plans for the semester have prompted me to think more carefully not only about the feedback I give, but how I give that feedback and how fine-grained I can make that feedback without driving myself to distraction. Here at the Writing & Communication program we've been talking a lot about better approaches to assessing multimodal assignments, since composition here is defined as encompassing more digital forms than traditional essays. more "Report from the Grading Trenches, Dispatch Two"
If I didn't already have enough reasons to love Scrivener, George Williams' post in today's Profhacker, "Scrivener Makes a Good Transcription Tool" clinches the deal. I wish I'd known about this in April when I was scrambling to transcribe an interview for TECHStyle using ExpressScribe, which was unwieldy and awkward. Go go Scrivener!