Oral Literature (Part 1)

I made another video attempting to follower the “vlogger” approach (see my previous two posts). This is the first part of a two-part series on Oral Literature as it applies to my Mythology course.

Vlog Your Children Well

Below is my attempt to create an online lecture based on the advice given by Tad Suiter in the video I posted here. Essentially, by learning from the style of effective vloggers, Suiter recommends to create short videos (3-7 minutes) characterized by a style of fast-talking, high energy, and jump cuts to eliminate wasted time and space.

Basically, get in their face and engage them.

I’ve also included pictures, visuals, and some text. It’s a little long at 9:42, but as the opening lecture, I had some key definitions and concepts to cover. I think I can break it down some more.

Also, I’m still not comfortable editing in Camtasia yet, and some pictures move around a bit. I have a lot to improve (including higher energy levels, quicker cuts, more succinct delivery and outlining), but feel I’m heading in the right direction. Thanks, Tad!

Nick Courtright reading his poem “The Apocalypse”

At a recent poetry reading at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Iowa, poet Nick Courtright previews our collective nightmare.

Joy of the Death of the Chicago Style Graded Paper in the Dark

Thinking about the purpose of poetry by taking a close look at the following poems: “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” “The Joy of Cooking,” “Graded Paper,”
“Traveling through the Dark,” and “Chicago.”

Dan Willingham: Learning Styles Don’t Exist

The Psychology of Apocalypse

The world will not end in 2012. I tell you why.