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“The Island of Jiji” by Shyam Sharma

Join Shyam Sharma as he takes us on a riveting journey through the Ocean of Cross-Cultural Perspectives to the Island of Jiji! The first semester of my teaching in the United States, about a decade ago in Kentucky, one student … Continue reading

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Google Documents (as of early 2015) for Teaching Writing, Part 2

by Shyam Sharma In part one of this piece, Shyam Sharma talked about the set-up and function of Google Docs, and how it impacts teaching writing, professor feedback, and student agency. Here in part two, he looks at its workshop … Continue reading

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Google Documents (as of early 2015) for Teaching Writing – Part 1

by Shyam Sharma I was more impressed when Steve Jobs said that he didn’t let his kids use the iPad than when he called it “magical” while launching it. So, as I share these teaching tips about effectively using Google Docs … Continue reading

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My “GWID” conundrums

by Shyam Sharma When I taught the graduate-level writing in the disciplines (or “GWID,” as I call it) course last spring, which had a lot of nonnative English speaking (NNES) students, I faced a lot of conundrums. How much time … Continue reading

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Promoting Students’ Ownership

 Part I Part II Part III Part IV (coming) . . . of Their Ideas and Their Writing . . . Shyam Sharma, Christopher Petty The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. –B.F. Skinner Writing … Continue reading

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Commenting Conundrums . . .

 Part I Part II Part III Part IV… . . .  Teaching Students the Levels of Sharing Christopher Petty and Shyam Sharma* “I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?” she said aloud. “I must be getting somewhere near … Continue reading

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Putting Everything On the Line?

 Part I Part II Part III Part IV… … Optimizing the Affordances, Minding the Pitfalls Shyam Sharma and Christopher Petty Especially after the advent of web 2.0 applications, the landscape of teaching writing is drastically changing. In many ways, writing teachers … Continue reading

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Helping International Students Transition and Succeed – II

by Shyam Sharma Part II: Specific Suggestions In the first part of this post, I highlighted some general difficulties that international students face during their academic transition, focusing on the challenge of understanding/embracing new ideas, assumptions, and approaches about learning and teaching … Continue reading

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Helping International Students Transition and Succeed – I

by Shyam Sharma Part I: The Big Picture Moving from one academic context into another, including in the case of academic disciplines and even levels, can be challenging for any student. But transitioning from the educational culture of one country … Continue reading

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