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NaNoWriMo for the Rest of Us: Scholarly Writing & More Month

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 30th, 2009

Your are cordially invited to join me for SchoWriMo! As many may know, November is the “National Novel Writing Month” where participants try to write a novel (defined as 175-pages/50,000-words) during this month (see What is NaNoWriMo? for more details). As an academic, this concept always intrigued me, but didn’t work for me for three […]

Tech makes teens better writers?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 28th, 2009

Who hasn’t heard someone (or at least someone on mainstream media) complain that twitter, sms, email, and online chat programs make teens weaker writers? This is an unavoidable argument, but an unsupported argument. As a technical communicator, I, like others in my area and related areas, argue that the reverse is true. Or moslty true. […]

Need a title? Conference title generator

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 4th, 2009

Sometimes one of the hardest parts of writing a conference presentation or an article is selecting an appropriate title. We want it to be catchy, concise (sorta, we are academics), “sexy”, and most of all fitting. Well now we have an easy solution! Annette Vee has provide us with a Conference title generator Here are […]

Other reasons I teach New Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 2nd, 2009

This video, A Vision of Students Today, also speaks of why I teach new media and why I employ some of the techniques I do. This video is the results of a survey that was part of a digital ethnography class where students surveyed themselves. In this class, 200 students made 376 edits to the […]

Why I teach “New Media”

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 1st, 2009

This video, Future Technology 2009: The year of technology invention, covers why I teach “new media” and rhetorical communication with new media. This video is filled with eye-opening “facts” [note: none of these "facts" is referenced and it is unclear how factual they are. For example, their representation of Moore's law is off. I offer […]

Handmade Typography

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on April 29th, 2009

After a semester of teaching Document Design, I am even more of a typographyphile. So I found this post on handmade typography–with faces made from leaves, sticky notes, food, hair, and more–interesting. What a great project this would make in a class! “Go out and make your typeface with stuff–items in your life. Take a […]

A chart on selecting a good chart

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on April 28th, 2009

Charts and other data displays, such as tables, are something I teach in a variety of classes, Business Writing, Document Design, and even recently in my graduate Research Methods class. One of the hardest concepts to grasp with charts is what to use when. However, this lovely .pdf on chart suggestions provides a flow chart […]

Wordle (or word clouds) as a Writing Tool?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 2nd, 2008

After playing with Wordle for my last post, and looking at my husband’s Wordle of his almost pi aged blog, I began to think about the possibility of using Wordle and word clouds in writing classes. Word clouds allow students (or any writers) to really visualize their writing is new ways. Seeing which words they […]

Panel E.6; Portfolio and Assessment Strategies

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 2nd, 2008

Panel E.6; Portfolio and Assessment Strategies: Putting New Media to Work SLC 251 Moderator: Carrie Lamanna, Colorado State University Speaker #1, “Assessment of New Media Composition”; Michael Neal, Florida State University Three approaches: (came in late and was getting ready during this) -Apply old print assessment -Not doing it at all -Go beyond “waiting to […]

Kairos Awards: Teaching, blogs, webtexts, oh my!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 4th, 2008

For those working with writing and technology, don’t miss the Kairos awards: Citing the announcement in Kaiorsnews: Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy requests nominations for its three annual awards, which will be presented at the 2008 Computers and Writing Conference in Athens, Georgia. For complete information about all awards and a list of past winners, please […]