Keynote Address at Western TESOL Conference

Presentation Title: Educational Technologies in 2010: How to Supercharge your Classes


The educational technologies available to us today have the potential to supercharge our classes by engaging our students more effectively in and out of class. This presentation will discuss the importance of having a course Web site and highlight three Web 2.0 technologies that can supercharge this resource: social networks, social bookmarking, and research tools. The presentation will also showcase a technology that has tremendous potential to help us engage our students in our classes: audience response systems (a.k.a. clickers). While these tools may seem to require additional effort and time to learn, implement, and manage, they actually help us make more efficient use of our preparation, grading, and class time. These technologies can free us to do research, assessment, and creatively reinvent our teaching methods to better reach our current student population.

Here’s a link to the presentation, including audience responses to questions with clickers.

The Music of Poetry Workshop

I offered this workshop on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:30 am in SH-104.


Listen to how the musicality of language is explored by poets and musicians in patterns of rhyme, rhythm, assonance, consonance, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Learn how to scan a poem to identify patterns of sound. This workshop will allow you to get more from your experience of listening to poetry and music.

Follow this link for the presentation slideshow. Enjoy!

Leonardo Flores, Associate Dean

Starting on August 7, I will be the new Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Technology for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Unfortunately, I will have to resign to my position in the Academic Senate, since being part of the university administration constitutes a potential conflict of interest. My heartfelt thanks for all the colleagues who elected me to represent them. I feel that as an Associate Dean I can have a greater impact in some of the areas I discussed as part of my candidacy to the Senate, particularly in using Web 2.0 technologies to improve communication at all levels of the faculty and administration.

So stay posted for more details and changes to my contact information, as I assume my new duties.

Difficulties Registering for INGL 3300 or 3345?

The course INGL 3300: Worlds of Fantasy and one of the sections of INGL 3345: Fantasy Film have been reserved for English Department students to have first access to them. If you are not in the English Department and would like to take either of these courses, you must wait until the “periodo de ajustes y cambios a la matricula” begins in late July. At that point, all the spaces not occupied by English Department students will become available– and there should be plenty for those interested, but you’ll need to move fast.

Leonardo Flores, Academic Senator

On April 15, 2008 I was elected by my colleagues in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the UPRM Academic Senate. I wish to thank the faculty for placing their trust in me. I will work diligently to provide the best representation of the faculty’s interests and wishes at the Academic Senate meetings.

My duties begin on July 1, 2008, but I am always receptive to and available for suggestions on issues, ideas, or other concerns the faculty may have.

And be on the lookout for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senators Blog coming this Fall 2008.

Fantasy Film Course

In the Fall of 2008 (and in the Spring of 2009) I will be teaching INGL 3345, a Topics in Film course that will focus on the fantasy genre. This is a course that takes a formalist and historical approach to this genre in film, which has its roots in the very beginnings of cinema with George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon in 1902. The course is at its core a formalist exploration of film as a medium for expression and is designed to provide you with the critical vocabulary and attention to technical detail that will enable you to look at movies with new eyes and get more from the experience. It will also survey major works of fantasy in film throughout the 20th century, paying special attention to directors and writers whose work had a strong impact in the genre.

Continue reading “Fantasy Film Course”