Steven D. Krause

A photo of Steven Krause


English Language and Literature

613L Pray-Harrold



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

Most of my teaching focuses on the relationships between writing and technology. I frequently point out that I am an expert in writing who uses computers and not an expert in computers who uses writing. However, since I have been invested in the use of technologies like the Internet to facilitate my teaching since the early 90s (email, newsgroups, web pages, synchronous discussion forums, blogs, etc), I suppose I am a "computer expert" of a sort, too. 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.  I’m finishing a book called More Than a Moment: Contextualizing the Past, Present, and Future of Massive Open Online Courses which will be published by Utah State University Press in 2019.

Publications and Presentations


Edited Collection:

Journal Articles and Chapters in Collections:

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.

Additional Information

I maintain a website and blog at