Composing Yourself

As a way to merge two pedagogical practices that I find both personally rewarding and extremely effective, I have designed an English Composition I (ENGL 1101) course around civic engagement and the use of new media. The theme of the course is “Agents of Change,” and all course deliverables will adhere to this theme.

Students enrolled in this course will also participate in iTeach, which is a mobile device pilot program. All iTeach students will be given an iPad2 for the duration of the semester, and all three assignments below will require students to engage with their mobile devices and a variety of apps several times a week.

The Common Course Outline for ENGL 1101 requires that five “essays” be written during the course of the semester. The three assignments included below work toward that requirement. In the process of creating this sequence of assignments, however, I realized…

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CIRCLE announces new National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement

AASCU's American Democracy Project

By Stephanie South, Intern, American Democracy Project


The election is over, and by all accounts, young people turned out to vote at higher rates—at least 1% higher—than in 2008. We’re energized by our member campuses’ dedication, from registering and mobilizing voters to hosting mock debates and watch parties. Looking ahead to the next election, the American Democracy Project is already discussing how we’re going to support student political knowledge and engagement.

So we’re particularly excited to share with campuses a new project that offers colleges and universities the chance to measure student registration and voting rates and to study the effectiveness of educational programs designed to increase civic learning and engagement in democracy. ADP member campuses are invited to participate in  NSLVE—the National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement—a new research initiative designed by our friends at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

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Hurricane Sandy Relief BINGO!

-Wednesday, December 5th, 7pm
-Sheldon Ballroom
-Each Bingo board is $2 or you can buy 3 boards for $5. You will receive 2 raffle tickets for each game board.
-Additional raffle tickets can be purchased to increase the chance of winning. 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5 or 15 tickets for $10.
-Prizes include iPad, Kindle Fire, restaurant gift certificates, college swag, and more!
-All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts!

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Civic engagement. It’s a term that’s been tossed around a lot lately and is gaining a lot of attention in local communities. But, what is it?

Definition of Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is about improving communities at the local level. It’s about bringing people together to solve issues to improve a community. The New York Times published a great piece on civic engagement. The article, “The Definition of Civic Engagement,” quotes Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, which defines civic engagement in the following way:

“Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”

Civic engagement is supposed to be seen in a positive…

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