2012 Conference Schedule

Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15

Invention Mobs: Recreating Creativity and Collaboration in the Writing Classroom

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: CREATE!

Invention mobs are constructive assemblages of organized chaos which emerge from a collaborative and creative activity. In classrooms, invention mobs can teach students how to have confidence in their own creative ability and how to collaborate with others. We'd like to model the invention mob as a way of creating pedagogical materials and constructing interinstitutional teaching networks.

Tags: Collaboration, First-Year Writing Courses, Pedagogy

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: The Construction of Community in a Hybrid Graduate Cohort

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

A central concern of graduate programs is cohort cohesion. A strong cohort can serve as a resource for all involved, not only functioning as a social group, but promoting research, supporting coursework, and improving student retention and completion. Unfortunately, developing a strong cohort can be a challenge--especially when its members are distributed geographically. This panel will examine the key practices employed by one such cohort to develop cohesion.

Speaker 1: That’s What She Said’: Humor, Performance, and Collaboration
Speaker 2: Bring It On’: The Use of Music Exchange to Construct Identity and Affirm Social Bonds
Speaker 3: Passing Notes in Class: The Ubiquitous Role of In-Class Synchronous Chat
Speaker 4: Hey Peeps, Remember When . . .’ :  Social Media and Shared Experiences for Geographically Scattered Cohorts

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Spaces, Identity

Whither the Prosumer?: The Creative Economy and Emerging Forms of Scholarly Communication

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn describes U.S. citizens as Internet “consumers,” separating these consumers from the “creative economy.” She repeatedly uses this binary to distinguish the people who use the Internet from those who create its content. This illustrates a failure to recognize prosumers, those who simultaneously create and access the Internet. The panel will examine prosumption from perspectives ranging from the attention economy to social communities to digital scholarly communication.

Speaker 1: Context-Providers in an Attention Economy
Speaker 2: Folksonomy as Gift: Motivations for Social Tagging
Speaker 3: Working in the Bubble Factory: Prosumer Humanists and Scholarshift
Speaker 4: Prosumers and Algorithmic Truth

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Scholarship, Multimodal Composition

Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45

Building Classroom archiTEXTure in Tough Economic Times: Deploying 21st Century Writing

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: Collaboration, Digital Scholarship, Multimodal Composition

Doing, Not Drifting: Online Tool Building As Research and Composition

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Roundtable

This roundtable will challenge the notion that online technologies should automate and commercialize education by presenting a hybrid approach to teaching and learning writing with in-class and extra-curricular layers. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate students who are actively collaborating on a multi-year research initiative to build a peer-reviewed online journal to publish undergraduate scholarship, this roundtable will respond to speculations about student disengagement. These student-researchers will argue that online social networking technologies foreground the social dimension of writing without leading students “adrift.”

Tags: Collaboration, Pedagogy, Social Media

Teaching and Learning through Spectacle

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores the participation of new media objects in the long tradition of teaching and learning through spectacle.  We consider how teacher- and student-produced media objects adapt or re-present antecedent spaces and figures.  We examine, in particular, how students are architecturally positioned to respond to pedagogical spectacle.

Speaker 1: Seeing Double: Digital Media Analogues in Spectacular Eighteenth-Century Science Displays
Speaker 2: Viral Video and the Bad Teacher
Speaker 3: Playspace Pedagogy
Speaker 4: Celebrity Pedagogy and the Famous Writers School
Speaker 5: Database Video and Response as Composition

Tags: Collaboration, Pedagogy, Visual Studies

Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00

Into the mix: Technologies in the First Year Writing Classroom

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

First Year composition students come to us with a variety of technological capabilities and interests. This panel explores how instructors at different institutions and in different learning environments take advantage of the tools they have to enhance their classrooms. Using these tools can help address technological anxiety, encourage a more nuanced writing process, and challenge the boundaries of the traditional classroom.

Speaker 1: "I Don't Know What You Want":  Using Google Docs in Writing Workshops to Create Sample Student Papers
Speaker 2: “I’d Rather Hand Write the Assignment: Easing Student Transition to Multi-Modal Writing”
Speaker 3: #Post Pedagogy: Twitter and a Pedagogy of the Act

Tags: Collaboration, First-Year Writing Courses, Pedagogy

Writing Beyond Classroom Walls

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel looks at the variety of ways that classroom projects can extend beyond the physical bounds of the classroom and institution, into dynamic situations with authentic audiences. Panelists will explore service learning, blogging, and transdiciplinary multimodal projects as productive means of expanding the composition classroom.

Speaker 1: Beyond Reflection: Writing Digitally with Communities in Service Learning
Speaker 2: For Real this Time, Taking the Composition Classroom Online and Outside of School
Speaker 3: Tuning archiTEXTure for Transdisciplinary Contexts

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Spaces, Social Action

Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30

Creating Mobile Technologies for Composing Global Spaces

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Three perspectives--writing center, professional writing, and instructor/programmer--on a mobile computing project articulate students’ digital composing and research. Design prototypes will be presented and the audience is invited to respond in an effort to crowdsource the design of a tool for writing “in the wild” away from the desktop.

Tags: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Research and Methodology

Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30

Collaborating in 140 Characters: Storify, Twitter, and Flash Fiction in the Composition Classroom

Room: Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30 Session Type: Interactive Installation
Tags: Collaboration, First-Year Writing Courses, Multimodal Composition

Providing the “Big Picture”: Reusable Videos for Teaching the Back Stories of Information Creation, Discovery, and Use

Room: Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30 Session Type: Interactive Installation
Tags: Collaboration, First-Year Writing Courses, Pedagogy

Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15

The ArchiTEXTure of Praxis: Context, Brain, and Technologies in the Writing Classroom

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Increasingly, writing and new media construction have become “radically distributed” acts. With this in mind, this panel discusses the need for instructors to take a closer look at the “situated cognition” of students in helping them understand knowledge economies, the architecture of the brain and strategy retention, and the affordances of peer-to-peer technologies.

Speaker 1: Using the Economics of Information to Help Students Understand Digital Texts and Digital Information Spaces
Speaker 2: Architexture of the Mind: The Exigency of Cognitive Perspectives in the New Media Classroom
Speaker 3: Inventing knowledge through peer-to-peer technologies:  shared knowledge structures

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Scholarship, Writing Studies

The Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide: Building a Commons

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Roundtable

In this roundtable session, the presenters will start a conversation that will:

1. Reflect on how a conference/unconference commons developed this text, and on the value of an open-access text book.
2. Encourage participants to talk about how they are using the WWSG in the classroom.
3. Consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different formats through which WWSG is published: HTML, PDF, and EPUB.
4. Invite roundtable attendees to help plan for, and eventually participate in WWSG version 2.0, a project that will begin in July 2012.

Tags: Collaboration, Open Source, Writing Studies

Ways of (Sonic) Being: Composing and Performing Sonic Rhetorics

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: ConstrucTEXT

We’ve designed this performance to playfully affect our shared “ways of being.” We’ll test the boundaries of the comprehensible and rhetorical, embrace and disdain musical genealogies and genres, and enact sounds (and silences) that challenge notions of musical communication. Discussion will follow as we articulate our approaches, influences, and choices.

Tags: Collaboration, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition

Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00

New Media, New Writing

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

New Media, and social media in particular, offer new sites for learning, literacy sponsorship, and writing. The panelists in this session explore how these outlets are being used both within the classroom and by outside organizations, to support and invigorate learning and literacy practices.

Speaker 1: Integrating Social Media into Online Educational Spaces: Modeling Professional Practice in Instructional Interactions
Speaker 2: Positioning Literacy Sponsorship in New Media
Speaker 3: Policy and User-Generated Content: Uncovering User Experience Challenges for Technical Communicators Studying the Social Web

Tags: Collaboration, Pedagogy, Social Media

Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30

ArchiTEXTures that reInvent: Thought, Self, and Other

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel examines spaces of learning and communication that explore and expand existing theories of rhetoric and composition pedagogy, exploring new textures such as audio, voice, and social media discourse.

Speaker 1: ReHearing & ReSpeaking Voice as a Productive Concept for Composition Studies
Speaker 2: Only (Re) Connect: Unpacking disconnection through Audio Collages
Speaker 3: (Re)Defining What Counts: Embracing Incomplete Critical and Digital Thought in Basic Writing

Tags: Collaboration, Identity, Multimodal Composition

Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45

Putting Our Multimedia Where Our Mouth Is: The Architexture of a New MA Concentration

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Panel title: Building New Architextures: Three Approaches to Institutional Realization of the Digital Turn

Panel abstract: By explaining initiatives from three distinct institutional sites—the English MA, the university writing center, and the HBCU—these panelists share approaches to creating curricular, physical, and online spaces that support digital multimodal composing. Taken together, they argue a necessary step to enacting institutional change is architextual innovation.

Speaker 1: Putting Our Multimedia Where Our Mouth Is: The Architexture of a New MA Concentration
Speaker 2: Social Future, Social Center:  Constructing a Multiliteracy Center Within a University Learning Commons
Speaker 3: Under Construction: HBCUsOnline.com and the Future Implications of the Historically Black Institutio

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Humanities, Writing Studies

The TEXTures of Digital First Year Writing

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

In this panel, each presentation will discuss a moment within first year writing process that is complemented with the use of interactive technology. Even though these technologies literally increase the amount of text via writing spaces on message boards and other communications, each presentation emphasizes that the use of digital spaces aid in the creation new textual, writerly identities.

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Spaces, First-Year Writing Courses

Session Time: Thursday Full-Day Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Workshop: End-to-End Agile Web Application Development from Basically Nothing

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Thursday Full-Day Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm Session Type: Full-Day Workshop

This day-long workshop will introduce participants to web application development using a powerful but approachable framework (Node.js) and an agile workflow based on a version control system (Git). In addition to those back-end concerns, the workshop will also look at agile, responsive methods for front-end, user interface design.

Tags: Collaboration, Course Management Systems, Open Source

Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop A: 9:00am-12:00pm

Composing and Publishing Digitial Scholarship

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop A: 9:00am-12:00pm Session Type: Half-Day Workshop

This half-day workshop will guide and encourage authors interested in composing digital scholarship for online journals and presses. Editors from _Enculturation_, _Kairos_, and _Technoculture_ will discuss authoring processes from the beginning of research projects to the publication stage, including visualizing, storyboarding/prototyping, creating sustainable and accessible designs, querying editors, finding local resources, submitting webtexts, and revising in-progress work. Authors interested in starting (or finishing) any kind of digital scholarly project will benefit from this workshop.

Schedule of Activities:
9:00  -   9:30 Introductions and overview of the journals represented at the workshop
9:30  - 10:30 Interactive Q&A with all editors -- topics include
     (a) reading the journal's website for info
     (b) queries to the editor (how much info to include & which section/editor, if pertinent, to consider)
     (c) generalities of peer-review process
     (d) rhetorical design tips / best practices
     (e) accessibility, usability, code-level best practices

10:30 - 11:30 Small group work focused on participant needs (feedback on specific projects or how-to-get-started for participants who don't yet have a project in mind)

11:30 - 12:00 Wrap-up conversation; encourage participants to submit.

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Scholarship, Multimodal Composition

The Sights and Sounds of ArchiTEXTure: Modeling Multimodal Composition

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop A: 9:00am-12:00pm Session Type: Half-Day Workshop

Presenters from the Noel Studio invite attendees to explore the aural and visual components of composition studies. In this workshop, attendees will work in small groups to discuss, collect, and create sounds and images to develop their own multimodal definitions of archiTEXTure. Attendees are encouraged to create accounts and familiarize themselves with Prezi at www.prezi.com prior to the workshop.

Tags: Collaboration, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition