Digital Labor, Race & Gender in the Academy - Education, Liberation & Black Radical Traditions for the 21st Century
In the fall, I taught a writing class where I introduced students to color as design and rhetoric, the CSS of their ePortfolio platform, and a rich text module (where they would write reflection on what they had done in the class and explain their visual design decisions). The agenda for that day of class was posted the night before, like every day of my teaching this year. The "lesson plan" was hosted at my own ePortfolio so students could experience the text and weblinks on that platform. There was also a 4-page handout, my personal worksheet and guide to CSS, all of which was followed by an exit slip as students left the lab. Just a regular day of class really: tasks you need to complete, things you need to get done… with students who work hard to meet your expectations. The pinch in the system on that day, however, came from an assigned observer of my class who claimed that no writing happened in the class and that I seemed unprepared for the day. Yeah… you heard that right…UN-PRE-PARED. So some 50 emails later and another 10 pages of 5th-grade-level explication of basic digital literacy practices in 21st century writing classrooms, I came to a crossroads where I DEEPLY understand the WORK of my digital labor Continue reading →