2012 Conference Schedule

Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45

The Crossroad of Computers and Writing & Two-Year Colleges: A Speed Panel

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Featured Session

Considering that the 1,100 plus community colleges that enroll a total of 12.4 million students (American Association of Community College 2011 Fast Facts), are teaching a lot of writing classes, it’s time we talk about computers and writing in the two-year college setting. Not only are the students enrolled in two-year colleges generally different than their four-year counterparts, the faculty are not necessarily the same either. Specifically, these panelists are extremely interested in the following questions when two-year college faculty and students get mixed up with computers and writing:

  1. How are faculty, learning support staff, and students prepared for teaching and learning (multimodal) writing and/or in online courses?
  2. What access do faculty and students have to various (multimodal) composing, teaching, and learning technologies?
  3. How are two-year colleges supporting both faculty and students teaching and learning (multimodal) writing and/or in online courses? 
  4. How do various external pressures, both professional and personal, impact faculty and student teaching and learning?

In this speed panel we are trying to get a variety of voices making strong statements to kick off discussion. Having prepared their answers in advance, each of our panelists will have exactly two minutes to answer each of the following two questions. They will then have exactly one minute to respond to one another and then we’ll open the session to Q&A.

Tags: Community College, Pedagogy

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

Innovation, Resistance, and Student Motivation: Challenging Existing Pedagogy with Gamification and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Design

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores how new media tools inspire innovative spaces for learning while challenging institutional standards. Presenters discuss using video game point systems to motivate first-year composition students, designing a tabletop RPG to demonstrate writing and graphic arts concepts, and adapting MOOC pedagogies to spark creativity in advanced college writers.

Tags: Community College, First-Year Writing Courses, Games and Gaming

Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15

Moving Beyond Print: Connecting to Basic Writers through Digital Pedagogy

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel argues that digital applications in basic writing classrooms validate and authenticate basic writers’ writing experiences by broadening the perimeters of academic writing while teaching writers standard prose that reinforces the marriage between personal experience and its affect on writing.

Tags: Community College, Digital Assessment, Pedagogy