Author Archives: Dr. Jessica Matthews

Faculty Professional Development for OWI: “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times”

Looking back over the posts written by faculty who received enhanced instructional designer support to develop online writing courses, I can see the energy we had at the outset. Now, nearly two-and-a-half years later, we have learned a great deal … Continue reading

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And so it begins…

After nearly a year of drafting, planning, and creating our online and hybrid courses, we are ready to take the next step: teach them. We began last year with a group of five intrepid faculty who worked together to design … Continue reading

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The “F” Word

No. Not that word. I would like to talk about the “F” word that haunts all conscientious faculty: Failure. When our cohort last met for a brainstorming session three weeks ago, Kerry asked a question that has stayed with me … Continue reading

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An Online Alternative to the Dynamic Discussion in Literature Courses

I am the odd duck in our group: I am not designing an online composition course; I am designing an online introduction to literature course. I have taught advanced composition online, and I can see how it “works” in an … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

This blog represents the musings of five talented Ts—two TAs and three term faculty from George Mason University—who will spend the next year developing and teaching online and hybrid versions of our first-year writing course, ENGH 101, and our general education … Continue reading

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Welcome to Digital Didact!

Coming soon: a blog about developing online and hybrid versions of first-year and advanced composition at George Mason University.

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