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Faculty Development News This Week:


Teaching Wiki

Teaching Wiki "aspires to be a community for college-level faculty. We imagine our primary audience to be faculty who are interested in writing instruction, perhaps techno-rhetorians but (as we invoke the wiki way here), we invite all college faculty and instructors to be wikiteachers with us. "

Teaching Wiki

Games / Simulations

--Sexual Harassment Prevention

This “game” provides instruction on sexual harassment issues.

Sexual Harassment Prevention

--Are You Sure: The Ultimate Business Challenge

Learn while you play!

Are You Sure


--"I'm Blogging This: A Closer Look at Why People Blog"

Read an excerpt from this article:

"For bloggers who think by writing, blogging provides two vital advantages: an audience to help shape the writing and an archive of posts, some of which may be valuable in the future. Personal webpages often perform in a similar way, but the audience is far less defined. In our study, bloggers had "regulars" who they knew were reading their posts. The writing could be directed at them, solving one of the key problems of any writing, i.e., knowing who to write for. The fact of having an audience would keep the writing moving along, as the author knew that people were anticipating new posts."

"A Closer Look at Why People Blog"

This is a 16-page PDF file.

--RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators

Find out about Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication.


--The Blogosphere

"Have you ever wondered what the collective voices of a few hundred thousand people might say? This Web site collects links from weblogs all over the world to discover just what it is people everywhere are talking about."

The Blogosphere


"BlogShares is a simulated, fantasy stock market for weblogs where players invest fictional money to buy stocks and bonds in an artificial economy where attention is the commodity and weblogs are the companies. Weblogs, or blogs for short, are valued by their incoming links from other known blogs. In effect, links become the business deals in the simulation and players speculate on the fortunes of thousands of blogs by buying and selling shares. A whole host of options exist for advanced play including gifting shares, leveraged buy-outs, stock splits, additional share issues, market and player bonds.



--"UC Berkely Professors Measure Exploding World Production of New Information"

Although an older article (October 2000), you will find interesting content on knowledge explosion and the democratization of information.

New Information

--"Friday Forward: A Chat with Futurist John Smart"

This article is from, 23 April 2004.

"Friday Forward"

--"Organized Labor and the Internet"

This article addresses the future of the American work force and cyberunions.

"Organized Labor and the Internet"

--Internet Studies Center

"The Internet Studies Center at the University of Minnesota addresses compelling questions surrounding the social, ethical, legal, and rhetorical aspects of the Internet. The Center is based in the Rhetoric Department but is an interdisciplinary effort drawing on faculty from around the University and industry partners. By providing access to current theories, critiques, and explanations of the Internet, the Internet Studies Center is a hub for innovative Internet research and discussion

Internet Studies Center

--"Doing Research with Internet Texts: A Brief Bibliography"


Doing Research with Internet Texts

--Creative Commons

"Creative Commons is devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon and share.

Creative Commons


"TypePad is a powerful, hosted weblogging service that gives users the richest set of features to immediately share and publish information -- like travel logs, journals and digital scrapbooks -- on the Web. TypePad lets people communicate, publicly or privately, with the audience of their choosing."

30-day free trial offered.

Blog Grab Bag

This site is devoted to media, culture, and politics.

--LORE: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing

"Lore is a journal for adjunct and graduate student teachers of writing published three times a year and edited by TAs, adjuncts, and assistant professors."

--The Writing

This site promotes itself as a "digital community for writers and teachers of writing."

The Writing

--The Third Space

Third Space is "a site for emerging feminist scholars."

The Third Space



Disinfopedia is "a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests. We started in February 2003 and are now working on 4349 articles. To learn how you can edit any article right now, visit Disinfopedia: Welcome, newcomers, our Help page, Frequently Asked Questions, or experiment in the sandbox. "



CompPile is "an ongoing inventory of publications in post-secondary composition, rhetoric, ESL, and technical writing: 1939-1999."


--OPen Source Book Publishing

"Last year, in January 2003, my first novel came out. I was 31 years old, and I'd been calling myself a novelist since the age of 12. It was the storied dream-of-a-lifetime, come-true-at-last. I was and am proud as hell of that book, even though it is just one book among many released last year, better than some, poorer than others; and even though the print-run (which sold out very quickly!) though generous by science fiction standards, hardly qualifies it as a work of mass entertainment."



"Commontext is a completely new concept: a publisher of freely shared classroom texts. Its goal is to allow unrestricted, free access to a vast collection of learning materials produced at the highest level of excellence, including academic peer review and fact checking, and professional editing and proofreading."

Common Text

--"Dead Souls: The Denationalization of the American Elite"

This article is from, 5 April 2004.

"Dead Souls"

--"The Ideological War Within the West"

This article is from, 2002.

"The Ideological War"

--"An Anglosphere Primer

This paper was presented to the Foreign Policy Institute, 2001.

"An Anglosphere Primer


This article is from the London Review of Books, 15 April 2004.


Until next week!

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