Welcome, Again, to Elliott RWI!

In my first post to this webspace, I noted a desire for this website to do a number of things: host research projects, connect to writing samples, offer course materials, and maintain a professional portfolio. It is doing that, but I thought I might make it a bit easier to navigate. (There is a navigation menu at the top of the page, but not everyone seems to find it amenable to use.) So, if you are looking for

  • Most recent posts, scroll down
  • Background information on the website, click here
  • Research projects, click here
    • My abstracts, click here
    • The Fedwren Project, click here
  • Writing projects, click here
    • The Pronghorn Project, click here
    • Points of Departure, click here
  • Instructional materials, click here
    • DeVry University materials, click here
    • Previous institutions’ materials, click here
      • Schreiner University materials, click here
      • Northern Oklahoma College, click here
        • Composition II, click here
      • Oklahoma State University, click here
        • Composition II, click here
        • Composition I, click here
        • Summer Bridge 2015, click here
    • Sample courses, click here
    • Sample assignment responses, click here
  • Biographical/CV/Resume information, click here

I am sure some updates will occur as matters progress. What appears above should make things easier to handle in the meantime, however.

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Updated 31 May 2017 to reflect current status.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 24 July 2017

After asking about questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to concerns of annotated bibliography, focusing largely thereupon for most of course time. Class concluded with time to work on annotations, given external constraints.

Some course notes from the previous meeting have been posted in the class learning management system. Others from before and those from the most recent meeting are forthcoming.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 12 students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting; nine attended, verified informally. Student participation was good.

Office hours have yet to be decided upon, but no requests for out-of-class meetings have been noted.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 17 July 2017

After asking about questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to organization within and among paragraphs before addressing readings and assignments.

Some course notes from the second meeting have been posted in the class learning management system. Others from before and those from the most recent meeting are forthcoming.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 12 students enrolled, a decline of one since the last class meeting; six attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good.

Office hours have yet to be decided upon, but no requests for out-of-class meetings have been noted.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 10 July 2017

After asking about questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to contexts of written communication and reliability of sources before addressing readings and assignments.

Course notes from the first meeting have been posted in the class learning management system. Those from the most recent meeting are forthcoming.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 13 students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting; nine attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good.

Office hours have yet to be decided upon, but no requests for out-of-class meetings have been noted.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 8 July 2017

For the first class meeting of the session, which was rescheduled due to a recent holiday, discussion focused on introductions to the instructor, the course, rhetoric as a discipline, readings, and assignments.

Class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 13 students enrolled; seven attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good for a first class.

Office hours have yet to be decided upon.

Class Report: ENGL 062.12192, 24 June 2017

For the final meeting of the session, class was given over to completion of the Reflective and Planning Postscript–which serves the course as an analog of a final exam. Some individual consultation was conducted while the exercise was in progress.

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Room 107 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed seven students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, five attended, verified informally. Student participation was as expected. No students attended office hours.

Initial Comments for the July 2017 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

I seem to be a bit further ahead this time.

The year seems to have come full-round, and I am once again looking at teaching at DeVry University during the July session of the year. This time, I have two classes once again:

  • ENGL 135: Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 147N: Advanced English Composition

The former is a class I have taught before. The latter is a similar class oriented specifically towards nursing students. Both will be new, however, as the school is transitioning to a new learning management system, so we will all be feeling our way forward.

The transition to the new learning management system does have the effect of placing more of the materials I would post to this space on the school’s system. As such, I’ll not be putting as much about my DeVry teaching here, although I’ll still post my usual course logs–and perhaps some other materials, as well.

Check back often for more information!

Class Report: ENGL 135.12184, 20 June 2017

For the final meeting of the session, class was given over to completion of the Course Project Reflective Postscript–which serves the course as an analog of a final exam. Some individual consultation was conducted while the exercise was in progress.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the San Antonio Metro campus. The class roster listed 10 students, a decline of one since the last meeting; five attended, verified informally. Student participation was as expected. No students attended the most recent previous office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 062.12192, 17 June 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting and online, discussion turned towards concerns of essay-writing, as well as other questions about writing in general. Class concluded by offering supervised in-class completion time on coursework and unsupervised time to complete student surveys of instruction.

Students are reminded of the following assignments’ due dates, following the initial comments on the session:

  • Essay 2 Final, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Reading Textbooks, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Next Reading (V), online before 0059 on 19 June 2017
  • Week 7 Discussions, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Room 107 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed seven students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, five attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good. One student attended office hours.

Reflective Comments about the Second Year

It has been two years since the first post to this webspace went up, two years that I have been working on Elliott RWI. As I write this, I have made 475 posts to the blogroll (this will be post 476), and I have posted many individual pages, collecting 15637 views from 4398 visitors. In the last year, therefore, I have made 311 posts and collected 3043 views from 1315 visitors (based on “Reflective Comments about the First Year“).

My employment situation continues to be odd. While I still teach, I do much less of it in the classroom now than I have done, and I am working mostly outside academia for reasons I have discussed previously. I do still remain engaged in some scholarship, though, having recently sent off an article for review and pressing on, albeit only haltingly and with difficulty, with the Tales after Tolkien Society.

I have also tried my hand at creative writing, notably in the Points of Departure and Pronghorn Project lines. They seem to have been decently received, but my employment situation has kept me from doing more with them for a while. Whether I’ll return to them or go on to other subjects entirely, I am not sure. Still, the experience has been good; I am glad to have had it.

Donations remain welcome and may be made here.

Class Report: ENGL 135.12184, 13 June 2017

After treating questions from the last class meeting and earlier in the semester, discussion returned to concerns of revision, addressing specific concerns noted on the most recent submission, before moving toward assignments.

Students are reminded of some upcoming assignments, noted in an earlier post:

  • Course Project Final Draft, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017
  • Week 7 Discussions, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the San Antonio Metro campus. The class roster listed 11 students, a decline of two since the last meeting; five attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good. No students attended the most recent previous office hours.