Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Rhetoric and Writing, 1996
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Creative Writing, 1990
BA, University of Iowa, English, 1988
Interests and Expertise
I teach a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate writing courses, most of which examine the relationships between writing and technology. Nowadays, I teach about half of my courses online.
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 and online pedagogy more broadly. I edited (along with Charles Lowe) 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. I also wrote a book called More Than a Moment: Contextualizing the Past, Present, and Future of Massive Open Online Courses published by Utah State University Press in 2019.
Publications and Presentations
Journal Articles and Chapters in Collections:
- “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.
- “MOOC Assigned,” in Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses. Steven D. Krause and Charles Lowe, Editors. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2014.
- “After the Invasion: What’s Next for MOOCs.” in Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses. Steven D. Krause and Charles Lowe, Editors. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2014.
- “MOOC Response about ‘Listening to World Music.’”College Composition and Communication. 64.4 June 2013, 689-95.
- “Blogs as an Alternative to Course Management Systems: Public, Interactive Teaching with a Round Peg in a Square Hole.” Chapter in Designing Web-Based Applications for 21st Century Writing Classrooms. George Pullman and Baotong Gu, editors. Bayood Publishing, 2012.
- “On the Other Hand: The Role of Antithetical Writing in First Year Composition Courses.” Chapter in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, editors. January 2011.
- “’Where Do I List This on My CV?’ Considering the Values of Self-Published Web Sites, Version 2.0.”Kairos. 12.1 Fall 2007.
Reviews, Commentaries & Non-Fiction Essays:
- “Why I Teach Online (Even Though I Don’t Have To).” Inside Higher Ed. March 14, 2018.
- “Living Within Social Networks.” In John Mauk (Editor). Culture: A Reader for Writers. New York: Oxford UP, 2014.
- “Kissing Technology on the Mouth.” In John Mauk, Jayme Stayer, and Karen Mauk. Think About It: Critical Skills for Academic Writing. Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2014.
- “Why MOOCs? Five not entirely rhetorical questions about massive open online courses.” AFT On Campus. 35.2, Winter 2013-14, 2-3.