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Rachel Mordecai

Associate Professor, English

June 2016 Innovation Fellow

Fellowship Project & Instructional Interests

My challenge for the Innovate@ symposium was to acquire tools to enhance writing instruction and student engagement, and to model certain essential literary-analysis skills, in my undergraduate literature classes. I am hoping that a first-week survey, a mid-term evaluation, and regular open conversations about our use of technology will encourage student “buy-in” and ensure that everything we do serves our learning goals. I intend to use a combination of Google Docs, VoiceThread, Mapbox and Tiki-Toki for peer review, skills-modelling and collaborative student work. Another positive outcome from the Innovate@ symposium was my new website, created on the Blogs at UMass platform.