What did you do this summer? Memories of sitting in school on the first day, recounting the summer activities for our teachers in essays about experiences that couldn’t possibly be narrated in the short space we’d been allotted, come to mind.
I dedicate this post to all those digital rhetoricians out there who made it a goal to “learn to code” this Summer. I hope you did, and I hope you had fun. But I also hope you get back to doing your real job.
We’re excited at the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative to be gearing up for WIDE-EMU next weekend (Oct 20) in E. Lansing. The input we received at last year’s unconference at EMU in Ypsi was crucial to the development of the DRC, and many of the features you see here today – from blog carnivals to resources to born digital book publication to the DRC wiki – owe their existence to these conversations.
This summer I taught the novel Watchmen, which amazes me with its narrative loops and movements through history. I found myself thinking about our experiences of time. I was also lucky enough to have some spare time to respond to articles and to practice some screen recording.
“What cool digirhet projects” have I been working on during “summer vacation?” Well, I don’t think this is exactly digital rhetoric or cool or even that “new,” but I have been working and thinking a lot about MOOCs and SOCCs.
You’ve probably heard of “Massive Open Online Courses” or MOOCs: these have been all the rage in places like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, and they have gotten the popular press “bump” in places like The New York Times.