Category | Vectors

What VCU’s Focused Inquiry can learn from #thoughtvectors

This post is a summary of some conversations I’ve had recently as well as some independent reflections I’ve made about the #thoughtvectors cMOOC, which I’m teaching right now (Fall 2015). I invite comments, especially from my colleagues, but please do read to the end before flaming. I work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where we have […]

Open audiences #thoughtvectors #vcuagora

What is the difference between writing for an academic audience and writing for an open audience? Is it possible to write academically for open audiences, or openly for academic audiences? What would be required to translate a scholarly essay so that it maximizes the affordances of the internet in making its argument? One thing I […]

Webby #thoughtvectors

My hybrid class and I had a free-range conversation on Wednesday about what webbiness might be: how we can tell something which is net-native from something which was spawned in some word processing document and then retroactively gussied up with multimodal elements (like this post, actually). My first premise is that my students are a […]

In Defense of Synthesis Matrices

Hello students. It is I, Nick Seitz, one of your mysterious digital TAs, and I’m here today to talk about synthesis matrixes (matrices? I don’t know the parlance, I was never inclined to math). Throughout my time in UNIV 200 and even back into 112 and 111, I picked up that some of my classmates did […]

Kay/Goldberg nugget #thoughtvectors

Breaking usual custom, I have two nuggets. Every message is, in one sense or another, a simulation of some idea. It may be representational or abstract. The essence of a medium is very much dependent on the way messages are embedded, changed, and viewed. Although digital computers were originally designed to do arithmetic computation, the ability to […]

Kay/Goldberg nugget #thoughtvectors

Breaking usual custom, I have two nuggets. Every message is, in one sense or another, a simulation of some idea. It may be representational or abstract. The essence of a medium is very much dependent on the way messages are embedded, changed, and viewed. Although digital computers were originally designed to do arithmetic computation, the ability to […]

Source Matrices- They Look Scarier Than They Are

Out of the four units, I thought unit 2 was going to be the easiest one- it was just research, after all. It turned out to be one of the more challenging ones, but once I’d reached the end of it, I realized that there wasn’t anything super difficult about it. It’s a matter of […]

Down the Rabbit Hole #thoughtvectors

So at this point, if you’re one of my students or just one of the millions of casual lookers-on and passers-by on the interwebz, you’re wondering when #thoughtvectors is going to start transitioning into the research-process stage of this research-writing course. In fact, you may be downright afeared that you are somehow behind by five […]

Down the Rabbit Hole #thoughtvectors

So at this point, if you’re one of my students or just one of the millions of casual lookers-on and passers-by on the interwebz, you’re wondering when #thoughtvectors is going to start transitioning into the research-process stage of this research-writing course. In fact, you may be downright afeared that you are somehow behind by five […]

Curated #thoughtvectors

Periodically I will write Alice in Wonderland posts surveying my students’ projects. You can tell by the featured images. I think the thing to stress is that these are not a grade, or the only times I look at student blogs. They do constitute valuable formative feedback, hopefully, and a one-stop-shop for any cMOOC students looking for kindred […]

Curated #thoughtvectors

Periodically I will write Alice in Wonderland posts surveying my students’ projects. You can tell by the featured images. I think the thing to stress is that these are not a grade, or the only times I look at student blogs. They do constitute valuable formative feedback, hopefully, and a one-stop-shop for any cMOOC students looking for kindred […]