Sample Pedagogical Material

During the Fall 2009 semester, CWC faculty and staff began collecting and sharing technologically-infused pedagogical resources. Our hope is that through continued collaboration we will begin to more critically understand the complexities and possibilities these classrooms afford for our pedagogies. Below is a sample of the pedagogical material gathered thus far:

Investigating Blogs in the Classroom:


Blog Exploration and Analysis (written by Liane Robertson)

This exercise was designed to help students investigate blogs as a possible research source and as a potential genre in which to communicate findings.

Blog Analysis.doc


Online Chatbooks (written by Marion Crotty)

This project asks students to combine the strategies of literary journal websites, author websites, and blogs to create a space that displays their work and gives a public forum to discuss the writing process.

Online Chat Books.doc


Exploring Digital Genres: The Blog (written by Liane Robertson)

This classroom activity asks students to explore the concept of emerging digital genres and genre conventions through the exploration of the famous online Julia/Julia blog project.

Blog as Digital Genre.doc

Exploring Visuals and Rhetoric


Experiments with Typography (written Shelah Woodruff)

This exercise asks student writers to experiment with text, font, and typography in order to better understand its effects on rhetorical affect and audience.

Experiments with Typography.pdf


Who is Obama; Who Are You (written by Rory Lee)

This class activity/discussion and subsequent assignment has three overarching goals: (1) for students to begin to develop a “curious eye” toward visuals, (2) for students to begin analyzing visuals rhetorically using a particular vocabulary, and (3) for students to realize how composing a visual argument is akin to composing a written one. Students explore an image essay from Time magazine on Barack Obama and push to create their own rhetorically-conscious visual essay.

Who is Obama 2.ppt

Who is Obama 1.doc


How Visuals Can Tell a Story (written by Leigh Gruwell)

Utilizing pop culture images and one of Phil Douglis’ photo essay, this lesson works to explore the ways in which analyzing visual elements can help readers extrapolate narrative plots and story structures.

Visual Story 3.ppt

Visual Story 2.doc

Visual Story 1.doc


Worth a Thousand Words? (written by Michele Nereim)

This activity works to help students explore the relationship between text and visual and the capabilities (and limits) of visual explanatory power. Using their own texts, students work to explore the main ideas of their textual composition through visual means.

Worth a thousand words


Writer's Eye (written by April Manteris)

This activity asks students to use images from the Museum of Modern Art as invention inspiration for either a poem or prose piece.

Writer's Eye2

Writer's Eye.doc


Multimodal Pre-Writing (written by Katie Bridgman)

This assignment helps guide students through the process of narrowing down an intentionally board research topic by having them work through different modalities and technologies. This activity will also encourage increased awareness of the karirotic moment that students create as they work through multiple modalities in preparation for the actual writing of the paper.

Multimodal Prewriting.doc


Remediated Newspapers (written by Bill Green)

After composing newspaper articles, student work to visually remediate their texts, utilizing Adobe InDesign to create rhetorically appropriate textual/visual layouts.

Remediated Newspaper

Understanding Course Concepts Multimodally


Exploring Composition With Wordles (written by Kara Taczak)

This project helps students to learn key concepts about writing, to consider the rhetorical strategies of writing in multiple ways, and to reflect heavily in their own composing and that of others by developing a theory of writing through the creation and analysis of cumulative Wordles.



Visual Resumes (written by Josh McCall)

This exercise asks students to explore the software programs present in FSU’s Computer Writing Classrooms through the creation of a Visual Resume that combines photos, graphics, images, videos, etc. to represent an aspect of who they are.

Visual Resume


Bumper Stickers (written by Jennifer O’Malley)

By asking students to create personal bumper stickers, this activity works to introduce students both to the class as a whole and to the technologies and software available in FSU’s Computer Writing Classrooms.

Bumper Stickers


Cinematic Trailer Genres (written by Marian Crotty)

This activity asks students to explore the concept of genre and genre conventions by exploring cinamatic trailers. Students both analyze trailers for generic conventions and work to produce their own.

Video Genres


Fractured Fairytales (written by Kara Taczak)

Beginning with students' favorite childhood fairytale, this mini assignment asks students to explore their personal history and theory concerning composing. Students creatively explore their own (digital) literacy practices through the lens of remediated narratives.

Fractured Fairytale.doc


PETA's Rhetorical Appeals (written by Rory Lee)

This guided classroom activity asks students to apply the rhetorical concepts of ethos, pathos, and logos to PETA's "Go Vegaterian" media campaign. By exploring issues of visual design and audience appeals, students gain real world understanding of ancient Greek rhetorical concepts.

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Reading.pdf

Ethos, Pathos, Logos.docx


Homepage as Digital Genre (written by Katie Bridgman)

Using the webpage compser NVu, this classroom activity asks students to explore concepts of genre and generic conventions through the lens of webpages, websites, and homepages. 

Website as Genre.pdf


Google Maps and Community (written by Josh Mehler)

This group research assignment asks students to explore their notions, conceptions, and identities connected to "community" through the use of Google mapping and GPS locating. 

Google Maps Community Projects


Digital Portfolios (writen by Leigh Gruwell)

This assignment sheet explores a final semester project that culminates in a digital portfolio. Students work to compile, edit, revise, remediate, and reflect on their work throughout the semester as they simultaneously apply visual and digital rhetorical concepts.

Digital Portfolios


Understanding Sources Through Prezi (written by David Moody)

This multi-session lesson plan utilizes the online software Prezi to explore research sources. By mapping notion of credibility, authority, and source hierarchy through the space of Prezi, this lesson helps more critically prepare students for college level (digital) researching. 

Source Trees.pdf


Community Representation in Media (written by Shelah Woodruff)

This research assignment prompts students to examine media representations of various communities. Taking into account the affordances of each media, students explore how community identity, affiliation, and stereotypes are created, represented, and perpetuated through films, tv, comics, photos, video, etc.

Communities in the Media