• When Should We Trust Our Gut?

    “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me,” explained President Trump in stating why he believed Federal Reserve interest rate hikes were a mistake....
    David Myers
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  • Writing an Informational Report for Non-Experts

    This term, I designed a new assignment for the major report in my technical writing course. Students focus on communicating a technical subject to an audience unfamiliar with their fields. Additionally, they must inte...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Illuminating the Enlightenment: A Semiotic for the Digital Age

    One of the crucial elements in teaching, and performing, popular cultural semiotics is the identification of the larger contexts (or systems of associations and differences) in which particular popular signs may be si...
    Jack Solomon
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  • From Adjectives to Extraordinary

      Today's featured guest blogger is Shane Bradley, Administrative Dean, Writing Program Director, and Assistant Professor of English at Erskine College.   My wife bought a wooden sculpture at...
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  • Images, Words, Identity

      “I heard it on NPR” is an often-spoken truth among my friends, as we tend to listen to our local stations and compare notes. Recently, I “heard on NPR” a story about a bridal boutique i...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • The Market And The Field Are Telling Two Different Stories In The NFL Playoffs

    The NFC and AFC championship games are this weekend.  The quarterbacks in these games -- Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, and Jared Goff -- are the last signal callers playing and clearly must be the best ...
    David Berri
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  • Machine Learning Meets Psychological Science

    At long last, artificial intelligence (AI)—and its main subset, machine learning—is beginning to fulfill its promise. When fed massive amounts of data, computers can discern patterns (as in speech recognit...
    David Myers
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  • Just Starting with LaunchPad? Try LearningCurve

    If you're just starting out with LaunchPad and you are overwhelmed with the number and variety of resources in the product, just start with LearningCurve. Assign one LearningCurve before each class period so...
    Becky Anderson
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  • Nerf gun demo: An unconventional cognitive behavioral therapy tool

    In Intro Psych, during coverage of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the therapy chapter, give your students this one-page summary provided by Division 12 of the American Psychological Association: Society of Clin...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Building a Syllabus: Students’ Suggestions for Meaningful Engagement

    This spring I will teach a second-semester first-year writing course that engages literary studies through the lenses of rhetoric and composition. In other words, the course aims to present literary readings (poetry, ...
    Susan Naomi Bernstein
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  • 2018 Word of the Year

      As always at this time of year, I’m checking to see what words have been called out as especially characteristic or indicative of the year we have just endured. The first one I came across was from Merri...
    Andrea A. Lunsford
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  • Try Something New - No Media for a Day!

      In the summer of 2018, we had a number of faculty come into our New York office to review our plans for digital offerings going forward, and also to tell us how they are using our products. My favorite present...
    Becky Anderson
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  • Argument and Aesthetics

    All claims, whether of fact, value, or policy, are the thesis statements that arguments support. It may seem a bit counterintuitive that claims of fact need to be supported, but keep in mind that readers or listeners ...
    Donna Winchell
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  • She Persisted: Lessons From the Life of Judith Rich Harris

    Judith Rich Harris’ December 29th death took my mind to her remarkable life and legacy. Among all the people I’ve never met, she was the person I came to know best. Across 243 emails she shared her draft w...
    David Myers
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  • Ready, Set, Research!

    Last October in a blog titled [My] Research Seminar I introduced the Macmillan Community to the research project I am working on during my semester-long sabbatical -- a study of care of the mentally ill in Massachuset...
  • A Short Proposal Assignment

    The last three assignments in the Incubator series of assignments that I have designed for my technical writing courses are directly related to one another. Students write a Short Proposal for the White Paper and...
    Traci Gardner
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  • Be It Hereby Resolved

    It’s January, and I am seeing signs of resolutions everywhere: explicit declarations of relationship, health, and professional goals, along with tacit commitments indicated by images of tracking devices, fitness...
    Miriam Moore
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  • Inappropriate Responses: Inviting (More) Disruption through an Activist Pedagogy

    Cecilia Shelton (nominated by Dr. Michelle Eble) is pursuing her PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional communication in the English department at East Carolina University. She is entering her fourth year in the f...
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  • The intelligence of crows: A short writing assignment 

    Crows are smart. Never underestimate a crow.   Comparative psychology is “the study of nonhuman animal behavior with the dual objective of understanding the behavior for its own sake and furthering the und...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Listening to Students: Revising an Assignment and Teaching Black Panther 

    In Memory of Stan Lee (1922-2018)   Writing workshop for our Black Panther synthesis project. The words printed in black ink are: Most important: If it seems too hard, WRITE ABOUT  IT ANYWAY.   I was re...
    Susan Naomi Bernstein
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