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Steven D. Krause


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PhD, Bowling Green State University

Interests and Expertise

I grew up in eastern Iowa, earned a BA in English at the University of Iowa, an MFA in Fiction Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University. I joined the faculty at EMU in 1998.

Most of my teaching and scholarship focuses on the relationships between writing and technology. Technology can’t replace good teaching nor can it solve the problems of bad teaching. But I do think that instructional technology simultaneously facilitates and questions the student-centered classroom in interesting ways that has made me a better teacher. 

Over the years, I’ve published scholarship about rhetorical situation, multimedia/new media, blogging, writing pedagogy, self-publishing, and “the profession” writ large. Lately I’ve been focused on Massive Open Online Courses. I’ve published a few articles and chapters about my MOOC student experiences, and (along with Charles Lowe) I edited a collection of essays about MOOCs called Invasion of the MOOCs: the Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses, which was published by Parlor Press in 2014.  

My homepage is at: stevendkrause.com



  • Rhetoric of Science and Technology
  • Computers and Writing, Theory and Practice
  • Research in Theory and Practice of Writing
  • Topics in Professional Writing: Multimedia Writing


  • Researching the Public Experience
  • Writing, Style, and Technology
  • Critical Digital Literacies
  • Writing in the Professional World
  • Writing for the Web

Recent Publications and Presentations

“Why I Teach Online (Even Though I Don’t Have To).” Inside Higher Ed, March 14, 2018.

"Always Alone and Together: Three of My MOOC Student Discussion and Participation Experiences." in  MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education, Elizabeth Losh, Editor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Online Open Courses. Co-edited with Charles Lowe. Parlor Press, 2014.

“MOOC Response about ‘Listening to World Music.’” College Composition and Communication. 64.4 June 2013, 689-95.

“’Where Do I List This on My CV?’ Considering the Values of Self-Published Web Sites, Version 2.0.” Kairos. 12.1 Fall 2007.

"Blogs as a Tool for Teaching." The Chronicle of Higher Education. June 24, 2005. B-33-35.

“When Blogging Goes Bad: A Cautionary Tale About Blogs, Emailing Lists, Discussion, and Interaction.”   Kairos . 9.1 September 2004.