Thoughts & Reviews

Recap: International Digital Storytelling Conference

Way, way back in 2006, I presented on my dissertation research at the Inaugural Gathering of Digital Storytellers at MIT. Fast-forward to late September 2015, nearly ten years later, and I found myself at the grown-up version of that early gathering, with many of the same attendees: the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, jointly hosted … Continue reading Recap: International Digital Storytelling Conference

Recap: The Conference on Community Writing

I spent last weekend – October 16th–19th – at the inaugural Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, Colorado, where I saw some excellent talks, climbed a mountain, and ate a lot of bean-and-grain-filled bowls (much harder to find a hot dog or a sausage in Boulder than in Chicago). The conference ran from Thursday – Saturday, and attracted mostly rhet/comp academics … Continue reading Recap: The Conference on Community Writing

Presenting at the Conference on Community Writing

The MA Program in Writing as a Provider of Nonprofit Digital Media Training A presentation for the Conference on Community Writing, in Boulder, CO, on October 17, 2015. 1. My Background Before PhD: professional writing and digital media teacher + tech trainer for nonprofit staff Post-PhD Grand Plan: combine my two jobs—writing teacher and tech … Continue reading Presenting at the Conference on Community Writing

Presenting at the Voices of Change Conference

Three Promising Ways That Nonprofits Can Distribute Digital Stories Online A presentation for the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, at UMass (alma mater!) and Smith College, on September 25, 2015. A. Distribution and Digital Stories The paradigmatic mode of digital storytelling distribution is the live showing, ideally with the storytellers present to contextualize their own stories. Online distribution of … Continue reading Presenting at the Voices of Change Conference

Day 1: Proseminar in New Media Studies

Last night began a new quarter of the graduate-level Proseminar in New Media Studies. I've kept some perennial favorites on the reading list—Sherry Turkle's Alone together and Jose van Dijck's The culture of connectivity—but have added a few new titles, too. As a counterpoint to Turkle, we'll read dana boyd's It's complicated: The social lives … Continue reading Day 1: Proseminar in New Media Studies

Day 1: Digital Writing, Fall 2015

Today is day 1 of Digital Writing! This is an undergraduate course at DePaul, which my department recently developed and made part of the core curriculum for our Professional Writing Minor. This is a fun class to teach: we make videos, develop blogs, and students work together to create a "Multimedia Change Campaign." Here's an … Continue reading Day 1: Digital Writing, Fall 2015

Day 1: Summer Digital Storytelling Course

For the first time, I'm teaching digital storytelling on DePaul's accelerated summer schedule. The class meets twice a week for five weeks, which means there won't be time to partner with community organizations and to train their staff to make digital stories, as in past iterations of the course. In lieu of work with community organizations, we'll … Continue reading Day 1: Summer Digital Storytelling Course

Presenting at the LAS Research Symposium

The Stories That Work Database: How Nonprofits and Cause Initiatives Use Personal Stories in their Work A presentation for the DePaul University Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Research Symposium, on June 8, 2015. A. My Summer Research Grant Project: Building the Stories That Work Database The database collects what I call "digital personal experience … Continue reading Presenting at the LAS Research Symposium