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I believe that the role of the teacher in the classroom should be that of an experienced guide and co-learner, enabling students to further their own academic goals by introducing them to both theory and practical technique. My objective in teaching is to have students take control of their own learning processes. Rather than seeing the classroom as a place where they show up to get a grade, I encourage students to see it as a laboratory where they can learn not just the subject matter of the course, but also about how they learn, preparing them to apply that knowledge to new learning situations outside of the classroom. Since all students bring to the classroom unique knowledge and skills, I see student interaction in the classroom—both with the instructor and with each other—as essential to the learning process.
To this end, in my courses I make a point of introducing students to new communication technologies, encouraging them to explore these new technologies in writing situations like those they will likely face outside of the academy. My research centers on the use of digital technologies for communication, and my classroom practice seeks to actively engage these technologies, both within courses devoted to new and emerging media as well as those on traditional writing, rhetoric, and professional communication. When students are introduced to a range of communication technologies and the affordances of those technologies they are better able to make savvy, informed choices about the tools and strategies they will use to best address the needs of their message and its intended audience. Proactive, engaged students learn more, and I believe the best way to motivate students in my classes is to push them to engage with new ways of learning and take a stake in their learning processes.
You can visit my course archive for more information about courses I have taught.