About Me, or A Teaching Philosophy in Disguise

Pedagogy / Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

One thing you should know about me is that, first and foremost, I am a writer. I enjoy sharing my passion for language and literature with students, and there are few places I’d rather be than in the classroom, slinging around ideas.

Another thing you should know about me is that I’m a technology and pop culture addict, and I believe that my fascinations go hand in hand. Because we live in a visual culture where communication occurs electronically, hypertextually, and visually, it’s essential for students to learn how to translate social networking uses of technology (Think Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube…) into academic and professional benefits so that they’re marketable in a consistently in a wide Web world. To address this need, I design courses with high visual and oral instruction, and I expect students to participate in the creation of hypertextual and visual works so that they understand how dynamic the written word can be and how our increasing access to technologies empowers the author: you.

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