Why Use a Teaching Wiki?

I use the open-source MediaWiki to keep track of my courses, syllabuses, lessons, and other teaching materials. It’s installed on a subdomain of this website, and students visit regularly. When I began teaching technical writing, I decided to open select pages for student contribution. Allowing students to use wiki software not only teaches collaboration, it facilitates public and community discourse. Essentially, a … Read More

Founding a Design Lab

I helped to kickstart the Rutgers Writing and Design Lab (RWDL), a forward-thinking multiliteracy center with a focus on digital composition. The RWDL offers face-to-face tutoring for a population of nearly 6,000 students, as well as workshops in document and instructional design.  As a senior consultant, I helped create student videos, craft effective presentations, podcasts, and web publications. We also … Read More

Russo | Wiki

My teaching wiki provides a lot of room for getting creative with syllabuses. I can add images, bits of color, and adjust the fonts to fit class themes. I try not to go overboard, since syllabus documentation needs to be information forward. I simply paste the template into markup, then fill in the relevant data. The Infobox renders automagically.  I … Read More