The Most Offensive Word in a Composition Instructor’s Vocabulary

Developmental Writing Tip: The Most Offensive Word in a Composition Instructor’s Vocabulary Grading. The very word makes teachers squirm. Writhe even. Especially English teachers. Let’s face it–grading 100 papers four times in a semester is borderline unbearable. Add to that the fact most teachers who truly care about improving student writing require at least one…

Experiments in Multimodal Composition: Going Beyond the Traditional Paper in Freshman Writing Classes

Developmental Writing Tip: Experiments in Multimodal Composition This semester I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation in my freshmen writing classes. Mainly in the form of multimodal composition. I really want to challenge the boundaries of what it means to “compose” pieces of communication. The traditional written essay is fast fading–both with regard to student…

Attack of the Robot Graders!

Developmental Writing Tip: Attack of the Robot Graders! Michael Winerip’s recent New York Times piece entitled “Facing a Robo-Grader? Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously” basically just confirms everything we already knew about computer grading. Nothing to see here. Keep moving. Still reading? Oh. Fine then. The article is about the new “e-rater” by the Educational Testing…