GOINGPEDAGOGICALLYGREENChris Friend • @chris_friend • friend@ucf.edu
Our students write papers for one-timeconsumption and are even penalized for re- using work as an act of plagiarism. When ...
I propose an “ecological” approach to   writing classes that encourages re-use ofideas and recycling of papers as the prim...
WRITING SHOULD BEOPEN-ACCESS
The push for open access in academic journals hasnot yet resonated in the classroom. However, calls for more flexible, more...
We know learning (and teaching!) doesn’t happen  like this, but the image exemplifies the issue of                   effect...
Isaac Asimov ultimately gained possession of the full set of 50 postcards and wrote a book about them, providing historica...
STUDENTS NEEDAUTHENTIC AUDIENCES
Before coming to the university, students spend 13 years learning how to write to their teachers.If we re-conceive the goa...
One Chapman University student was asked towrite an “open letter” for his English 208 course.   He wrote about an NHL lock...
A reporter for Yahoo! Sports found the  letter, re-blogged it on the Yahoo! Sports page, and made the student’s blog popul...
ASSIGNMENTS  ARE SIMPLYFERTILIZER
At the risk of over-extending my metaphor into  inappropriate territory, we should view our    assignment as fertilizer fo...
Thank You    Chris Friend   @chris_friend Texts & Technology                      Transcript as Blog Post
Visual Gratitude• Blades of grass courtesy Apple• Door handle from adrazahl on Flickr• Côté postcard from Wikimedia Common...
Going Pedagogically Green: Student Work as Objects Created for Re-Consumption
Going Pedagogically Green: Student Work as Objects Created for Re-Consumption
Going Pedagogically Green: Student Work as Objects Created for Re-Consumption
Going Pedagogically Green: Student Work as Objects Created for Re-Consumption
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Going Pedagogically Green: Student Work as Objects Created for Re-Consumption

  1. 1. GOINGPEDAGOGICALLYGREENChris Friend • @chris_friend • friend@ucf.edu
  2. 2. Our students write papers for one-timeconsumption and are even penalized for re- using work as an act of plagiarism. When they submit a paper for a grade, theyessentially can’t think of it again (except for revision in portfolio-based classes).
  3. 3. I propose an “ecological” approach to writing classes that encourages re-use ofideas and recycling of papers as the primary goal of writing—the value of student work is determined by how well/much/often it is re-consumed by others.
  4. 4. WRITING SHOULD BEOPEN-ACCESS
  5. 5. The push for open access in academic journals hasnot yet resonated in the classroom. However, calls for more flexible, more situationally dependent, and more creative assignments—combined withexperiments in open-access courses like MOOCs —place more emphasis on the purposes and potential re-use of texts created in class.
  6. 6. We know learning (and teaching!) doesn’t happen like this, but the image exemplifies the issue of effective re-use.Jean-Marc Côté created this picture postcard around1900, as marketing material for a company that went out of business before the cards were mass-produced. As a result, he had a nonexistent audience.
  7. 7. Isaac Asimov ultimately gained possession of the full set of 50 postcards and wrote a book about them, providing historical context for modern audiences.Without the re-use, these cards could have been lost. Chris Anson used the postcard about futuristiclearning in his 2013 Chair’s Address at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, giving the original image even more purpose. Why do we not hold the same goals for students?
  8. 8. STUDENTS NEEDAUTHENTIC AUDIENCES
  9. 9. Before coming to the university, students spend 13 years learning how to write to their teachers.If we re-conceive the goal of writing as purposeful re-use, students must consider how to negotiate the needs of their unfamiliar audiences. Writingwould become a purpose-driven act, rather than a set expectation to achieve.
  10. 10. One Chapman University student was asked towrite an “open letter” for his English 208 course. He wrote about an NHL lockout, making anargument for why the commissioner of the sport should work to remedy the situation. The letter was posted to a blog he made for the class.
  11. 11. A reporter for Yahoo! Sports found the letter, re-blogged it on the Yahoo! Sports page, and made the student’s blog popular overnight…essentially “going viral”. This practical re-use was only possiblebecause the work was visible publicly, by the intended audience and other stakeholders.
  12. 12. ASSIGNMENTS ARE SIMPLYFERTILIZER
  13. 13. At the risk of over-extending my metaphor into inappropriate territory, we should view our assignment as fertilizer for the ideas our students have in class discussion, giving those ideas direction, energy, and purpose.We must also allow student work to air out, be seen outside the classroom, potentially influencing others and reflecting the real potential of writing: change.
  14. 14. Thank You Chris Friend @chris_friend Texts & Technology Transcript as Blog Post
  15. 15. Visual Gratitude• Blades of grass courtesy Apple• Door handle from adrazahl on Flickr• Côté postcard from Wikimedia Commons• Theater seats from Thomas Hawk on Flickr• Excrement from PKMousie on Flickr

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