Faculty Seminar: “Visual Rhetoric in the Writing Classroom”

From the NYTimes: “What’s going on in this picture? Look closely at the image above or view it in a larger size, then tell us what you see by posting a comment. On Friday, we will reveal more about the image and its origins at the bottom of this post. Credit Anastasia Vlasova/European Pressphoto Agency”

In the Fall 2015 term, Somy Kim and Anna Panszczyk led the faculty seminar, “I See What You Mean: Visual Rhetoric in the Writing Classroom,” where they shared how to use visual media to teach writing. You can access the readings and assignment sheets here.

For some ideas for using images online, we recommend NYTimes’s “What’s Going on in this Picture?” (pictured above), which is updated weekly. For a repository of daily images, check out “Pictures of the Day,” images captured by photojournalists that are based on current events and world news.

Faculty seminars are faculty-motivated and held throughout the year in order to inform the teaching that we do in the classroom. By organizing the seminars around recent pedagogical scholarship we are able to base our practices on principles grounded in actual case studies and rigorous scholarship. Indeed, engaging in these scholarly discussions has allowed us to question the way we understand our teaching practices, learning assumptions, and writing goals.

Participants earn research funds if they attend all meetings. Typically, a seminar meets four times in one semester. Alternatively, seminars are offered as an all-day session.


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