by Sarah Ciston and Mark C. Marino

In software development, particularly free and open source software programming, creators place versions of their programs in repositories where others can download, clone, and fork them. When someone forks a piece of software, they change it in some way, perhaps customizing it for…


Ah, Zoom. How I love thee. But to those who use Zoom to teach, I say:

So, I’ve already written a bit about Zoom, like how to Zoom with a smile. And I remember the beginning of quarantine, when I first tried all cameras off, feeling like the class didn’t…


A writing lesson that takes writers out of the classroom

Most people will tell you they come up with some of their best ideas by walking. But most of the time when we teach writing, we force students to sit in their seats and stare at the expanse of the blank page or screen. …


How can doing other activities help us write?

How do we generate ideas for writing? Do we sit staring at a blank page? I don’t know about you, but most of my best ideas come to me…


Videoconferencing your best YOU in the Coronavirus moment.

Over the past week and a half, I, along with much of the world, have been moving from in person teaching teleconferencing, but I find that it is a little exhausting. (I know I’ve already said how sad it makes me.)

Oh, and by exhausting, I mean it feels like…


Can we take a second and talk about the emotional toll of switching to all online instruction?

So, dutifully, my fellow instructors moved our courses online.

Suddenly, we were Zooming (and otherwise teleducating). We went from highly engineered chair-desks to the futons and couches and deskchairs of our homes. …


Have you ever noticed how many ideas you get while doing other things?

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to think of ideas to write about while you are staring at a blank page but how many ideas you get as you sit down to do some basic math, like paying your taxes. Or how when you are doing some small…


How I learned that writing a book takes more than just typing chapters.

A few months ago my friend and colleague, the fabulous Rochelle Gold, said, “Wow, Mark, you wrote that book in a year.” And I thought to myself, “Hey, I guess, I did.”

A book, a whole book was drafted in the academic year 2018–2019 and was published the following year…


(try this in class at your own risk!)
(Updated Feb 19, 2020)

So I tried something a bit unusual (even for me) in my Advanced Writing course at USC. As I walked toward my classroom, I was planning to have students do a short timed writing at the beginning of…


Here’s a question. Why do we use digital technology in the classroom? Is it because it teaches writing well or because it teaches on the platforms on which contemporary writing happens? Or is it to seem cool?

Take the case of blogging. Remember when blogging was the cool thing to…

Mark C. Marino

writer/researcher of emerging digital writing forms. Prof of Writing @ USC, Dir. of Com. for ELO, Dir. of HaCCS Lab

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