2012 Conference Schedule

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

Beyond Blackboard?: Joining the Small Pieces

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

Open Professional Writing Preview

Room: Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30 Session Type: Interactive Installation

This presentation will introduce interested users to Open Professional Writing, an open-source course management system.  Based on Drupal 6, Open Professional Writing offers many of the features instructors have come to expect in a CMS, with the added benefit of composition-specific drafting features.   Copies will available for distribution on disk.

Tags: Course Management Systems, Infrastructure, Open Source

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

Basic Writers in Digital Spaces

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Basic writers in today’s classrooms are non-native speakers in digital spaces. Because they are necessary consumers of digital texts who are often less competent producers, or speakers, of the same, the increasing movement of writing and writing instruction to digital spaces presents both challenges and opportunities for their instructors. This panel presentation addresses a few of those issues via several questions raised by Marissa A. Klages and J. Elizabeth Clark in their article “New Worlds of Errors and Expectations: Basic Writers and Digital Assumptions,” which appears in The Journal of Basic Writers.

Speaker 1: How do we transform the paper and pen classroom to a digitally-saturated environment?
Speaker 2: What are the ramifications?
Speaker 3: How can we engage students so that they can navigate both digital and traditional writing?

Tags: Course Management Systems, Digital Spaces, Identity

Blueprints for Digital Composition Spaces: The Architextures of ePorfolios and Digital Video Compositions

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Three architects of compositional spaces discuss the institutional, technological, and pedagogical implications of groundbreaking curricular innovations that redefine what composition is, how it connects with others, and how digital compositions and learning records can be assessed.

Speaker 1: Walking the Tightrope: Institutional, Pedagogical, and Technological Challenges in Electronic Portfolio Development
Speaker 2: Nine Years of Successes and Challenges: A Report on NIU's First-Year Composition Electronic Portfolio Project
Speaker 3: Racking Focus on Digital Video Compositions: Student Perspectives and Pedagogical Implications

Tags: Course Management Systems, Digital Assessment, Open Source

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