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Kuskin, William Professor

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  • Dr. Kuskin’s research area is the history of the book. He has written and edited books and articles on William Caxton, the emergence of printing in the fifteenth century, the transition from the Middle Ages to Modernity, comic books, and online pedagogy. He contributes to Inside Higher Education and writes an occasional blog on motorcycling. Dr. Kuskin has over two decades experience in digital education. He has taught in all digital formats from distance education, through online courses, to massive open online courses. In 2013 he launched the MOOC, “Comic Books and Graphic Novels,” which ultimately served over seventy-thousand students and which received special mention by Coursera for its innovative delivery of humanities material. In 2016 he created a MOOC on Public Speaking, and in 2019 oversaw the launch of the University of Colorado Boulder’s revolutionary MS in Electrical Engineering on the Coursera platform.

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  • Online education, digital education, at-scale learning, history of the book, history of printing, William Caxton, comic books, graphic novels

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  • AHUM 2000 - Topics in Arts and Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores a topic in the arts and humanities that exceeds the boundaries of a single department or program. This introductory course encourages experimentation and introduces students to interdisciplinary approaches that characterize innovative research.
  • ENES 3843 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores different important themes in the humanities, check with department for specific semester topics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Formerly HUEN 3843.
  • ENGL 2006 - American Comics and Graphic Novels: An Ambivalent Art
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Immerse yourself in comics. Spanning all media platforms, comics are a global force in the twenty-first century culture. This course is an introduction to comics history and a headlong dive into comics today. It covers superheroes, movies, novels, as well as making comics. It proposes that comics help us understand ourselves in the world today.
  • ENGL 3856 - Topics in Genre Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Studies special topics in genre studies; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5109 - Literature and Culture of the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces graduate level study of writing of the United States from its inception to the present. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HUEN 3843 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020

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