Monthly Archives: December 2012

English 503: The Twitter Assignment

Using Twitter in English 503 will help me gauge your reactions to the course material, and make my teaching more responsive to your questions and interests. My goal is twofold:

  • To use a social-network platform to build the intellectual network of our class, based on our shared knowledge of the course texts; and to situate that network in the world-wide intellectual network of writers, artists, journalists, critics, and anyone else who reflects on the history and future of reading.
  • To encourage you each to ask questions about the course material, questions that identify “trending topics” (as Twitter calls them) in the class at large. I also want to help you move toward more complex questions by the end of the course: questions that show not merely how much you know, but how well you think as a critic. With time, are you moving from understanding to analyzing, and from analyzing to evaluating? Do you read between the lines, make connections between passages, convey more than one layer of information?
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The PechaKucha

3652703098_c59793479b_oPechaKucha (“puh-CHACH-ka”) is a presentation format that encourages brevity and focus. You make an argument linked to 20 slides, each displayed for 20 seconds — or for 6 minutes and 40 seconds altogether.

In my assignments, I require your slides to be only images: no written language of any kind is allowed. The only words that matter are the ones coming out of your mouth. That means no cartoons, no annotated charts or graphs. Your argument accompanies your images like a voice-over, but one you (typically) deliver live. 

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The Department of English at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2013.

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