March 2016 Meetup

Join us at Hodgepodge coffee shop Monday, March 28th at 9am for the next Digital Pedagogy Meetup!  These monthly meetings will showcase 2 presentations on assignments, methods, theories, or resources and bring together a group of folks interested in discussing innovative approaches to encourage student engagement and learning.  The events are sponsored by local schools and we hope to have speakers and an audience from all Atlanta-area Universities. We will provide some pastries.  Buy a coffee and we’ll get started with the presentations at around 9:15am.

Our presentations:

How to build a digital exhibit with you students on Omeka / Donna Troka and Anne Donlon (Emory)

DonnaTroka AnneDonlonAs part of an undergraduate American Studies course entitled “Resisting Racism: From Black is Beautiful to Black Lives Matter,” Anne Donlon and Donna Troka are working with students to develop a digital exhibit of the artifacts they are uncovering during archival research on the Civil Rights Movement in the Rose Library at Emory University. They will talk both about the pedagogical approaches to this project as well as introduce the Omeka technology.

Production Based Learning / Mike Evans (GSU)

MichaelEvans“Production Based Learning” is a form of Project Based Learning in which students work to produce “goods” for (typically free digital) “consumption” by real “consumers.” Several faculty members on GSU’s campus have been experimenting with this mode of instruction, which seems to provide a level of authentic engagement with class projects that is often missing when students feel their work’s only purpose is to win the approval of their instructor or, perhaps, their classmates. I will be discussing my first foray into Production Based Learning this past fall, when I had my Constitutional Law students produce encyclopedia entries for “Conlawpedia: A GSU-Student-Generated Online Encyclopedia of the U.S. Constitution.” Students are told that this encyclopedia will be used by future students taking Constitutional Law and also by high school teachers who are a part of the Department of Political Science’s online MA program for secondary educators.

November 2015 Meetup

Join us at Hodgepodge Coffee shop Monday, November 2nd at 9am for the next Digital Pedagogy Meetup! Buy a coffee and we’ll get started with the presentations at around 9:15am.

Read, Write, Play, and Podcast
David Morgen (Emory)

Next spring, I’ll be teaching a first year composition class called Read | Write | Play, where we’ll be analyzing the cultural and narrative significance of games. One major assignment for this course will have students creating a podcast series in which pairs of students will be responsible for producing particular episodes over the course of the semester. We’ll publish the podcast to iTunes and encourage subscribers. In my presentation, I’ll talk through some of the conceptual and practical issues I’m working through in my planning for the assignment.

Presenting Students, Presenting Ourselves
Brennan Collins (GSU)

Over the past couple of years we have often discussed the idea of student portfolios at these meetups, but instructors, too, can benefit from highlighting the work their students are doing. It’s easy to start and there are many benefits. In this presentation, I will discuss how creating a portfolio provides you a growing collection of student work to use as models and content for future classes, to provide examples of what happens in your classes to administrators and colleagues, and to showcase student work in a department or university.

October 2015 Meetup

Next week Brennan Collins will host his second digital pedagogy meetup of the academic year. Join us Thursday, Oct. 8, at Manuel’s Tavern on Highland at 7pm for the two presentations listed below. Brennan will provide some yummy snacks.


A Matter of Interest
T.J. Usiyan

Software development is, on the face of it, Applied Mathematics. Considering this, how does someone who has little to no background in mathematics attain the relevant skills? Are those skills rooted in math or critical thinking or logic or–more likely–some combination thereof? Most developers who fit this description will have some story of a small pet project or task which came to consume more and more time and focus. I will outline mine and share my answers to the questions posed above.

The Future of Academic Publishing
T. Mack Brown
T. Mack Brown has spent the bulk of his career collaborating with academic publishing companies such as McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Worth and Wiley. His new company, Ascendae (pronounced a-SCEN-day), answers this question: what would a world-class academic publishing company look like if it could be launched today?

September 2015 Meetup

Next week Brennan Collins will host his first digital pedagogy meetup of the academic year. Join us Wednesday, Sept. 2, at HodgePodge Coffee in East Atlanta at 9am for the two presentations listed below. Brennan will provide some yummy snacks.


Jeff Greene and Pete Rorabaugh (KSU)
Reframing a Degree for a New Media Ecosphere

In the wake of the consolidation of Southern Polytechnic State Univ. (our previous institution) and Kennesaw State Univ. (our current one), we’ve been tasked over the last year with reframing a writing B.A. within our department. What we’ve come up with — Writing for New Media — explores the intersection of digital literacies, content creation, and new media narrative structures to provide a learning experience that is grounded in applied, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning. In the process we’ve had to be cognizant of pre-existing disciplinary boundaries between the work that we’re imagining and the important work already going on in other departments on our newly consolidated campuses. Our degree plan, still in the approval process, is — we think — an exciting blend of courses that prepare students careers in content creation for the web. We’ll be talking more specifically about the design of two new courses, New Media Writing I & II, that introduce students to issues of platform architectures, digital ethics and ownership, and interactive narrative artifacts and draw heavily on our experience using self-hosted domains in the classroom.


McKenna Rose (Emory)
Envisioning the Pechakucha: Strategies for Invention and Revision in the Literature Classroom

In my presentation I will discuss the way I use pechakucha presentations—20×20, minimal copy, automatic scroll, slide shows—in my course on Shakespeare and the environment. For their final project, students in my class produce a scholarly webtext, which they develop independently and in a series of stages. Since the final project must be a born digital text that engages some aspect of Shakespeare and the environment, I ask students to present their project as pechakucha slide shows during their composition process. Even though many students are used to creating presentations that showcase and reflect upon completed projects, when visual presentations are used as formative tools they can become “…a site for a rough draft, shared with a real audience. Or: envisionment” (Kathleen Yancy, “Made Not Only In Words” 320). I argue that using slide show presentations at the draft stage provides an opportunity for students to generate conversation and garner feedback using visual and aural rhetoric. Furthermore, requiring the pechakucha in the middle of the writing process, as opposed to the end, encourages students to compose their final projects in completely digital environments.

Pete Rorabaugh


Hi! I’m Pete Rorabaugh, a husband, father, teacher, writer, and lover of hammocks and ultimate frisbee. I live in Atlanta, GA, and soak up as much of the film and music scene there as I can. I’m fascinated by the fiction of Cormac McCarthy, the films of the Coen Brothers, and the life Malcolm X.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Digital Writing and Media Arts Department at Southern Polytechnic State Univ. in Marietta, GA. I earned an M.A. in English Education and a Ph.D. in American Literature and Rhetoric, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta. My research interests include contemporary American fiction, religious rhetoric, networked culture, and the intersection of digital and critical pedagogy.


Brennan Collins


Brennan Collins is the Associate Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Instructional Effectiveness at Georgia State University. The interdisciplinary nature and technology focus of these programs allows him to work with a diverse faculty in exploring inventive pedagogies. He is particularly interested in using maps in and out the classroom to develop student critical thinking. He teaches courses on graphic novels and African American and Multi-Ethnic U.S. literatures.


Teaching by Doing, and Doing It Yourself

Our Spring 2015 season of meetups began on Monday 26 January 2015 with presentations from Robin Morris (Agnes Scott) and Jeff Donnell (Georgia Institute of Technology).

Robin MorrisRobin Morris (Assistant Professor in the History Department at Agnes Scott College) opened our meeting with a presentation about Listening at the Oaks, an oral history partnership that introduced students to concepts, methodologies, and technologies associated with the practice of oral history by providing them with the opportunity to produce oral histories of their own in collaboration with elders living at the Clairmont Oaks Senior Residences in Decatur, GA. Read more

Designing and Assessing Multimodal Student Assignments

The Emory Writing Program is excited to announce that Cheryl Ball, editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and associate professor of digital publishing studies at West Virginia University, will be on the Emory campus to lead a series of workshops and discussions on designing multimodal student assignments and assessing the projects that result from them. She’ll also discuss building an academic digital portfolio for faculty and graduate students and lecture on “The Asymptotic Relationship between the Digital Humanities and Computers and Writing.” For a full schedule of events and more information, go here:

The Asymptotic Relationship Between Digital Humanities and Computers and Writing

“Field Experiment” project taking proposals

Field Experiment is a new “public action project” sponsored by The Goat Farm Arts Center and The Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences that “aims to uncover new truths and ignite new thinking.” It sounds like a really interesting proposal idea, and it courts “artists, scientists, architects, performers, students and visionaries.” Due date is Feb. 24. Quick turn around time, but quick selection too. For discussion within the community, see our G+ post here.

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