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Course Stories, Season 5, Episode 5: What Do you Meme? The Story of TWC301

In this insightful episode, Michael Miller sits down with Bonnie Chapman to delve into the innovative teaching approaches of TWC 301: Foundations of Writing for Digital Media. Bonnie chats about their unique strategy of using memes to foster an authentic learning environment, engaging students in a way that resonates with their digital-native sensibilities. We also explore the use of Slack as a pivotal tool in preparing students for the dynamics of real-world communication, ensuring that lessons transcend the classroom. Michael also gets the scoop on how Bonnie approaches the process of continuous course improvement, informed by student feedback and the sensitive handling of the often emotional journey of writing through the Trusted Writer Review process.


Join us for a compelling exploration of educational innovation, where tradition meets technology, and learning is a shared journey.

Special shout out to our #MemeTherapy Slack Channel for sharing these gems!

In this Episode:

Bonnie Chapman | Instructor, CISA – School of Applied Professional Studies

Bonnie holds a MA in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University. Her undergraduate degree is in English. Bonnie is entering her 20th year of teaching college courses. Studying how humor impacts the classroom and student engagement has been a personal pursuit for over a decade.

Bonnie has also spent almost a decade in the business world assisting with writing as well as managerial tasks. She moved to the Phoenix area in 2018 from New Mexico. She joined ASU as an instructor in the spring of 2019.

Michael Miller | Instructional Designer: Academic Success & Retention Specialist

Michael came to ASU Online in 2016 to complete his bachelor’s degree through the University’s partnership with Starbucks. After graduating from ASU in 2019 with his BA in English, Michael joined EdPlus as a Success Coach before promoting to the Training Manager for the Success Coaching Center. After completing his MEd in educational technology alongside a graduate certificate in rhetoric, writing, and digital media studies from NAU, Michael moved into his current role as instructional designer and Academic Success & Retention Specialist where he utilizes a learning engineering approach to support ASU’s highest impact online courses.

Your Hosts

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Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

Your Producer

Elizabeth Blythe-Lee, a Senior Instructional Designer at ASU Online - EdPlus, is the creative force behind Course Stories. An ASU alumna with a BA in English Literature and a Masters of Education from NAU, Elizabeth has been a part of the ASU community since 2009. Her expertise in crafting accessible online courses is enhanced by her passion for storytelling and a unique flair for adding a touch of Disney magic to her work. A history and literature enthusiast, Elizabeth's background in writing shines through in every course narrative, making learning an enchanting journey.

Resources from this Episode

Additional Links for your enjoyment and exploration into a deeper understanding of this Course Story.

Interested in trying out Slack in your online classroom? Check out the ASU Enterprise Technology page Slack at ASU to learn more and add Slack to your course today!

Don’t forget to read Michael’s Teach Online Blog about their experience in Bonnie’s class, “Having Fun in Online Classes!”

We promised you a BuzzFeed quiz to help you find YOUR meme – and here is it!

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