TRUE Workshop Series


There’s still time to become a member of the TRUE Cohort! Our first session is Feb 21 from 2-3:30 in Faculty Commons (Pearson 116).  We will have facilitated sessions that address practical teaching methods for different parts of the research process, as well as group discussions with colleagues. You will come away from the workshop series with activities you can use right away in your classes, as well as a nice line for the professional development section of your CV. Let Alli ( or Lauren Wallis ( know if you have questions.

You can learn more about the series here, and register here.


News from the Library

At the Spring Faculty Conclave, we had the pleasure of welcoming Lauren Wallis, Amanda McCollum, and Meg Grotti from Morris Library here at UD. Some important takeaways from the presentation, as well as resources that you can use in your class, are listed below.

Scheduling Classes

Library Instruction: Contact Lauren Wallis ( or use the instruction request form.
Multimedia Instruction: Contact Amanda McCollum ( If you want to bring your class to the SMDC to work on their projects with you after the multimedia session, you can use this form to request a classroom.

E110 Information Literacy Learning Outcomes

During the planning process for library instruction, your librarian will initiate a discussion about learning outcomes based on your assignment and students’ needs. You are also encouraged to use the outcomes to guide your teaching of the research process throughout your course. We welcome questions about the outcomes and ideas about these can be used in library instruction and throughout a course.
Take a look at the IL learning outcomes here

Arak Videos

Lauren Wallis and her colleagues at the Library have produced a series of seven short video segments with 2017 Arak winners discussing their research process.  Consider using the videos in your E110 class to prompt discussions about the process of writing and researching!
Take a look at the Arak videos here.

Resources for Fall 2017

The Fall Composition Faculty Summit was held on August 28, 2017. Our writing faculty had the opportunity to hear from representatives from CTAL, The Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as Lauren Wallis from Morris Library. The powerpoint presentations that accompanied their talks are included below.

CTAL offers resources and support to all teachers at UD, including events that encourage discussions about teaching and learning. Remaining events this semester include:

  • Friday Roundtables, on October 6th and November 3rd at 3:30pm in 208 Gore hall;
  • TA Teaching and Learning Conversations, on October 9th and November 13th at 12:30pm in the Faculty Commons (116 Pearson Hall);
  • Teaching Freshmen series, on September 27th and October 11th at 12:00pm in the Faculty Commons (116 Pearson Hall).

To learn more about these events and how CTAL can help enhance your teaching, download the powerpoint here, or contact

Lauren Wallis, First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian, asked how we can support emerging student researchers. She described ways to connect library instruction to class instruction, in order to make sessions with research librarians more productive for students.

You can download Lauren’s presentation here.  If you have questions about how library instruction could fit into your English 110 course, or if you would like to set up an session with a research librarian, contact Lauren Wallis at For more information on multimedia library instruction, contact Nico Carver at

Many thanks to all who attended the Fall Composition Summit. We look forward to meeting again in the spring!

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CTAL First Friday Roundtable and Other UD Events

On top of the in-services we hold in the Composition Program and the lectures, workshops, and events of the English Department, there are several other opportunities across campus to talk and learn about teaching and scholarship.

One example is this week’s First Friday Roundtable held by CTAL, where participants will discuss Teaching and Learning grants. A few Composition graduate students already plan to attend and we encourage further participation.  CTAL, along with other UD centers such as the Center for the Study of Diversity, Academic Technology Services, and more, continually create opportunities for great discussion.

While the individual centers post these events on their respective pages, generally the Comp Program also adds them to our calendar. Email Christine Cucciarre to gain access to the calendar.

Contacting Book Reps

We’ve added a page to the website with updated contact information for publisher representatives. You can find it here (or, in the resources for teachers menu).

If you’re interested in adding a book to your course, switching your text, or exploring new options, you can contact the representatives below with questions, desk copies, or recommendations. Speaking with our book reps is the fastest way to access different texts, and also offers the opportunity to learn more about what’s available to you and your students.

W.W. Norton
Courtney Brandt,
Oxford University Press
Jeff Yerger

Jackson Tucker

Jill Fox

Thinking about Copyright and Creative Commons

In the faculty retreat we will discuss academic honesty and ethical source use. Often, we think about this primarily in regard to written work. With digital texts, and within more “traditional” texts, students also frequently use a range of media: images, audio, video, etc. It’s important that students have an understanding of how to ethically incorporate these materials as well – where attribution frequently differs and even the vocabulary is different. We talk copyright violations as opposed to plagiarism.

A note about copyright, one Hannah Lee was always sure to bring our attention to in the Student Multimedia and Design Center: copyright is intended “to promote creativity, innovation, and the spread of knowledge” (Article 1 Section 8, US Constitution). It should balance the rights of owners with users. This has changed over the last several decades, with copyright lasting longer and longer and failing to adapt and transform in the wake of new forms of knowledge and knowledge production. Still, it’s useful to think about the goals of licensing work when thinking about how writers might use it.

Below are resources that can serve as references or discussion points on intellectual property and copyright, particularly online. General resources are those I think are especially useful for both faculty and students (provide overviews, key terminology, useful breakdowns). Faculty-specific resources get more in-depth with the intricacies of these conversations; I have provided links to direct, primary resources as well as secondary scholarship. Student-specific resources talk more about writing and citation practices. 

I’d particularly recommend taking a look at Creative Commons – students can license their own work through CC as well as search for open access and CC-licensed resources through Creative Commons’ databases and google.

General Resources:

  • Creative Commons: Alternative copyright system. Includes a range of licensing options for protecting, monetizing, sharing, and deriving from CC-licensed works.
  • Multimedia Literacy Guide: This section of UD’s Student Multimedia and Design Center’s research guide offers not only resources on producing multimodal work, but handouts and suggested readings on copyright and fair use.
  • Eric Faden, “A Fair(y) Use Tale”: Video source explaining fair use using clips from various Disney films. Video is licensed under Creative Commons. You can also reference the transcript.

Faculty Resources:

 Student Resources:

Multimedia Creative Commons-Licensed Sources:

  • CC-Search: Broad search feature to find resources under different CC licenses.
  • Creative Commons Music Communities – Links to several hosting pages to find CC-licensed music to use potentially in your work.
  • Free Stock Images: has assembled a list of twenty websites that offer wide usage on images. Note that the author points out to do your own research to ensure the license still allows for the use you have in mind.

Looking for more?

Teaching Copyright has an extensive list of further resources, including books, articles, organizations, podcasts, videos, FAQs, quizzes, worksheets, and more.

Guest Contributor Jesse Erickson, “Mediations and Multi-Modalities of Digital Scholarship”

In the academic paradigms of twenty-first century scholarship, the notion that technology is here to support our research is often taken for granted. What is lost in the expectation that such technology exists expressly for our collective benefit is the reality that countless hours of labor—both intellectual and manual—are involved in the production of the very resources we increasingly rely upon to conduct digital scholarship. The fact remains that these digital resources do not emerge “out of thin air.” Accordingly, having some knowledge of what goes into producing the more commonly used digital resources can help us to better understand some of the difficulties inherent to the processes involved with their production. Here is a brief list of some examples of these resources, the labor involved with their production, and the challenges one can encounter when using them:

1. Digital surrogate – The digital surrogate, otherwise known as a digitized primary source document, is a high resolution image of an individual item or a research collection. These can be surrogates of photographs, drawings, prints, manuscripts, printed books, monographs, correspondence, or a range of other materials. The items have to be physically scanned or photographed by specialists in order to produce the surrogate. Researchers should recognize that, as surrogates, not every physical characteristic of the physical item can be captured in the digital image. Some research questions might necessitate an analysis of the original source.

2. Online Index/Bibliography – These resources help researchers to navigate through a large body of primary or secondary sources. They are intended to promote either discovery or the singling out of relevant materials for one’s subject of study. Production of these resources is time consuming, meticulous, and involves both subject-level expertise and a knowledge of metadata standards. Researchers should understand that the level of comprehensiveness and the range of metadata will vary widely across different platforms.

3. Online transcript – The online transcript is a readable reproduction of a handwritten, audio, or even a printed physical document. Since the information must be manually typed into a word processing program and then coded for online access, researchers should be aware that the end result can include errors, deviations, and omissions when compared with their source of origin.

4. Oral History – The oral history is a multifaceted online resource that can include surrogates, indexes, and transcripts in addition to audio/visual files and born digital information objects. Ordinarily, there are a number of legal and privacy issues involved with the production of these resources which can delay or even prevent their public release. When consulting these materials, a researcher should consider that these resources can take anywhere from several months to several years to produce. They should also expect to find a wide variety of informational granularity from one oral history to the next with some examples containing audio or video recordings, some with transcripts, some featuring indexes, and others having all of the above.