2012 Conference Schedule

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

New Media Activism

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Citizens are increasingly using social media venues and multimodal texts as a means of sharing their public voices on compelling issues. This panel looks at the dynamic nature of user-generated content on Web 2.0 sites and the new opportunities these sites bring for political activism and raising awareness about social issues.

Speaker 1: Embodiment and Social Media: The Role of Twitter in the Egyptian Revolution
Speaker 2: Fighting for Civil Rights on YouTube: Identity construction in a gay family's videos

Tags: Digital Spaces, Social Action, Social Media

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

The ArchiTEXTure of the Digital: Three Perspectives on the Durability, Utility, and Beauty of Incorporating Digital Components into the Writing Classroom

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel discusses pedagogical difficulties and issues of access when incorporating digital components into a traditional composition classroom, a distributed-learning classroom, and an online classroom. Drawing on classical principles of architecture, the presenters will address the durability, utility, and beauty of using digital components when teaching writing. 

Speaker 1: Designing the Distributed -Learning Classroom(s): Using Online Tools for Building Community and Social Presence
Speaker 2: Reconstructing the Classroom: Moving from Physical Place to Digital Space
Speaker 3: From Construction Paper to Photoshop: Finding Ways of Incorporating Visual Literacies into the Writing Classroom

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

Understanding Online Literate Practices

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel begins to explore the ways literacy functions in multimodal texts.  Using multimodal texts and communities that engage multimodal texts, this panel focuses on how literate acts function as a means to understand current multiliteracies in popular culture.  As well, this panel focuses on the processes that take place when creating multimodal texts, thus providing an overview of both multimodal product and process.

Speaker 1: Moving Memes into an Internet Culture
Speaker 2: Capturing and Studying Multimodal Composing Processes
Speaker 3: What’s Your Secret?: How Meanings and Uses of Texts Can Shape Literacy, Community, and Sponsorship

Tags: Digital Spaces, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition

Vibrant Materiality: Composing Matters with New Media

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Connecting digital media to the materiality of things and physical environments, this panel addresses strategies for analyzing and producing new media compositions attuned to the dynamic forces of software and hardware. The materiality of composing with new media creates the conditions for vibrant sensual experiences and richly intelligent architectures.

Tags: Digital Humanities, Digital Spaces, Materiality

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

Appealing, Addressing, Involving: Putting Audience Front and Center

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

There is general consensus that asking students to write for “real audiences” helps them better understand the role of audience in the composing process. Proponents of digital technologies as teaching tools cite the ability to reach “real” audiences as a benefit of multimodal and online composition; however, students often have little understanding of audience, much less the complexities of online audiences.This panel will focus on the difficulties of teaching a complex and nuanced understanding of audience in the digital age and strategies for overcoming these difficulties in the classroom.

Speaker 1: An Appeal to Anyone: Finding and Founding Online Audiences
Speaker 2: Audience(s) Addressed: Who is this text (really) for?
Speaker 3: Audience Involved”:  Using Audience Theory and Collaborative Usability To Analyze Audience and Community

Tags: Digital Spaces, Pedagogy, Writing Studies

Empowerment Through Digital Discourse: Potentials for Digital Literacy in Blogging, Digital Storytelling, and E-Learning

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel will explore multimodal consumerism in digital music blogs, digital storytelling and collaborative rhetoric in communities of developmentally disabled individuals, and the implications of changing authorship on e-learning and accessibility.

Speaker 1: Digital Literacy and Music Blogging: Consumers, Creators, and Evolving Authorship
Speaker 2: Disability Rhetoric in a Digital World: Digital Storytelling with Developmentally Disabled Individuals
Speaker 3: Visual Literacy, Authorship and Potentials for E-learning

Tags: Accessibility, Digital Spaces, Multimodal Composition

Invention in the Age of Electronic Literacy

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores invention in the age of electric literacy:  the effect on science learning when an elementary classroom shifts from a conventional to a digital space, the use of sketchnotes that bring the visual modalities of electracy to invention, and Web 2.0 technologies used for invention in composition classes.

Tags: Digital Spaces, Pedagogy

Pinch, Tap, Swipe: Using iPads to Rethink the Construction of Digital Texts and Spaces

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Roundtable

This roundtable examines how tablet computers, specifically the iPad, are used as both an archiTEXTure object and a medium for constructing the archiTEXTure of writing spaces, particularly the writing center. We look at how this new media technology enhances and challenges the way we engage students in their writing process, how we facilitate workshops and give presentations, and consider the iPad as a material object and mobile composition tool, as well as examine the wide and varied uses of tablets across life spaces.

Tags: Digital Spaces, Materiality, Multimodal Composition

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

Fostering Connection with Digital Literacy

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel focuses on the role that digital literacy plays in making connections, amongst colleagues or students or news audiences. The role of digital literacy is explored through multiple lenses, including online news websites, collaborative classroom exercises, and educational literacy projects.

Speaker 1: Digital Literacy Acquisition in the Newsroom
Speaker 2: School-Community Connections around Digital Storytelling
Speaker 3: Right Here/Write Now: Digital Technologies for Collaborative Composing between P-12 and University Writing Instructors

Tags: Digital Spaces, Infrastructure, Multiliteracies

Magic, Technology, & Rhetoric: Shifting relationships, identities, & perspectives

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

The first presentation examines how rhetorics of magic structure the relationship between humans and technology. The second considers Starhawk as an example of the identity changes which take place in online environments. The third presents student’s digital literacy narratives, and analyzes those texts for examples of New Media literacy practices.

Speaker 1: Magic, Technology, Rhetoric
Speaker 2: Believers and followers: An examination of the digital and virtual identities of Starhawk
Speaker 3: Remediating Identities: Digital Literacies and the (Re)invention of Multiliterate Voices

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Materiality

Making-as-Thinking: An Algorhythmic Symphony of Creative-Critical Practice

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: ConstrucTEXT

Rather than marching forward as chrono-logical progression of individual works, each of these twenty-minute periods will be fragmented, intermixed, and redistributed according to a predetermined algorithmic formula across the 90-minute session interval. Session presenters and audience members alike will be invited to witness and participate in the “unfolding” of the composition simultaneously. In this way, what our project ultimately makes will be an extemporaneous emergent arrangement arising from this distributed algorithmic performance.

algorithm:
Project 1 (fade in)
{
   int out, in;
   for(out=nElems-1; out>1; out--) // sit down fade (backward)
   for(in=0; in<out; in++) // stand up (forward)
   if( a[in] > a[in+1] ) // out of order?
   swap(in, in+1); // swap them
} // end conference algorithm (repeat)

Tags: Digital Spaces, Multimodal Composition, Research and Methodology

Studies in Digital Delivery

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel aims to extend recent work on delivery and its relationship to the production of texts in digital environments. Each speaker presents a study demonstrating how the affordances of contemporary rhetorical delivery--in particular, novel forms of audience interaction--can shape the characteristics and production of digital texts.

Speaker 1: Bibliometrics in the Vernacular
Speaker 2: Authors, Readers, Code and Control in Online Texts
Speaker 3: Hacking and the Commercialization of Delivery

Tags: Code Studies, Digital Spaces, Writing Studies

University Architextures: Composing Student and Faculty Identities as Digital Writers and Scholars

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

These three speakers will discuss how the design and implementation of a digital writing space, a programmatic writing requirement, and a long-term research initiative at their medium-sized comprehensive liberal arts institution have contributed to students’ and faculty development as digital writers and scholars.

Speaker 1: Center for Undergraduate Publishing and Information Design
Speaker 2: Online senior portfolios
Speaker 3: The transfer of writing strategies from informal to formal digital writing spaces

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Digital Spaces, Identity

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

:) | :( Discursive Performance in Digitally Mediated Communication

Room: Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30 Session Type: Interactive Installation
Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Visual Studies

The ARchiTEXTure of Mobile World Browsers

Room: Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30 Session Type: Interactive Installation
Tags: Digital Humanities, Digital Spaces, Pedagogy

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

Compose Yourself: Creating Digital Teaching Philosophies

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: CREATE!

In this CREATE! workshop, participants will be coached through the process of composing digital teaching philosophies, either as part of traditional teaching philosophy, or as a new media object.  Some of the questions we will consider in this workshop:

How should we frame new media pedagogy as part of our scholarly agenda?
How can we talk about our new media assignments as more than classroom practice narratives by making them a substantial part of our teacherly identities?
How do new media objects and digital spaces enhance (or complicate) the ways we construct ourselves as teachers?

Tags: Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, Digital Spaces

Composing in Digital Spaces: Overcoming Barriers and Embracing Opportunities for Scholarship, Professional Writing, and Teaching

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel will focus on the material and immaterial considerations involved in creating new media texts. We focus specifically on three areas of writing research: academic writing, professional writing, and the teaching of writing. Each presentation delineates barriers to successfully composing in digital spaces and suggest ways for overcoming these barriers.

Speaker 1: New Media Publishing Practices: Overcoming Obstacles to Composing Scholarship in Digital Spaces
Speaker 2: Producer, Consumer, or Collaborator?: Reconsidering the Travel Writer’s Role(s) in Writing for Digital Environments
Speaker 3: Why Are We “Thinking like an iPod?”: Critical Considerations for Teaching Writing with Technology

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Digital Spaces, Multimodal Composition

Composing in vSpaces: Rhetorical Architext of Second Life

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speaker 1: Second Life in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn:  The Rhetoric of Unbridled Self-Expression
Speaker 2: Toulmin and Rogerian Models in Second Life: Creating Supplemental Materials in Virtual Worlds
Speaker 3:  Embodying Our Virtual Writing Center Selves: We Are, Who We are, Who We Are
Speaker 4:  Second Life as Third Space:  Remediating the Somatic Mind

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Multimodal Composition

Like an iPrayer: Religion, Spirituality, and the Digital

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel examines the growing influence of digital media on practices of prayer and spirituality.  We address the relationship between mainline Christianity and digital technologies; the digital re-mediation of prayer via handheld apps; and rhetorical considerations of extra-religious or “spiritual but not religious” practice in digital realms.

Speaker 1: Possibilities for Composing and Constructing Spirituality in Digital Spaces
Speaker 2: Tapping Into the Divine: Prayer and/as Digital App
Speaker 3: Through a Screen Darkly: Religion in the Digital Age

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Love, Sex, and Viral Transmissions - Using Risque Content in the Classroom

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel showcases three approaches to incorporating popular, non-traditional, and often controversial online texts as rich sites of rhetorical and literary inquiry in the composition classroom.

Speaker 1: Online Dating Sites and Teaching Ethos
Speaker 2: Digital Texts and Viral Rhetorics
Speaker 3: NSFW: the Rhetoric & Literacies of Online Pornography

Tags: Digital Spaces, Pedagogy, Social Media

Pathos, Technology, and Composition

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This session argues that if as compositionists invested in writing technology we are to take seriously the recent call for multiliteracies in the composition classroom (Selfe and Hawisher; Banks; Alexander; et al.), then we necessarily need to take seriously pathos-based relationships to and literacies of technology.

Speaker 1: The Trope of Digital Inauthenticity in Popular Culture: Engaging Fear of/in Digital Composition Spaces
Speaker 2: Digital Loss, Techno Magic, and Nostalgic Re-embodiment: The Emotionally Grounding Role of Digital Craft Aesthetics
Speaker 3: Pathos and Adult Students: Personal Histories, Technology, and Multimodality  in the Composition Classroom

Tags: Digital Spaces, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition

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

Architectures of Attention: From Inner Space to Outdoors

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel inquires into the rhetorical nature of attention through the framework of architecture.  This panel explores how Lanham’s definition may be mobilized through material and immaterial architectures. The panelists seek to examine the economics of attention in three disparate, but interconnected architectures: neurophysiology, the digital classroom, and augmented reality.

Speaker 1: Affective Screens: Attention in Digital Information Ecologies
Speaker 2: Attention, Technology, and the Geography of the Classroom
Speaker 3: Ghosts of South Carolina College: Attention and Memory in Augmented Reality

Tags: Digital Spaces, Games and Gaming, Materiality

Why am I Who Here?: Constructing Instructor Identities in the Online Classroom

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: CREATE!

In this CREATE! Workshop, participants will produce pedagogically-informed plans for constructing teacher identities in online courses.  They will analyze examples and engage with a range of tools for creating online instructor identity, including audio/video files, JING presentations, text-based announcement and feedback, and visual images.  We will discuss some of the reasons that instructor presence matters in online courses, as well as many of the occasions that require conscious decisions about self-presentation.  Most importantly, we will discuss some of the pedagogical reasons for using different tools for different situations. 

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Pedagogy

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

Lost Online: Classroom Websites and Distance Education

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

Student apathy and engagement with online class material are a perennial problem. This panel offers suggestions for course design, reading student evaluations, and creating spaces to encourage interaction on class websites.

Speaker 1: “Here we are now, <strike>entertain</strike> educate us”: Course websites and a redefinition of student apathy
Speaker 2: “I don’t want to feel as though I’m hiding” - Iterations of Student Identity in Ubiquitous Computing Environments and Hybrid Classrooms
Speaker 3: Assessing Online Writing Course Student Evaluation Methods and Response Rates

Tags: Digital Spaces, Pedagogy, Social Action

Shaping TEXTure(s): Memory, Identity, and Pedagogy

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

As Loftin (2003) explains, through “...sensory inputs--visual, auditory, haptic (pressure, texture, and temperature), olfactory, gustatory, and vestibular...we live our lives immersed in a multisensory world...” (p. 56). These archiTEXTures of perception are tools that enable composing and constructing in digital spaces. This panel explores theoretical and practical considerations students must navigate in the process of composing, concluding with some pragmatic applications for reshaping writing pedagogies.

Speaker 1: DigiTEXTuring Memories and Gaslighting
Speaker 2: Digital Geographies: The archiTEXTure of Space, Place, and Identity
Speaker 3: Digital Classrooms: The reTEXTure of Writing Pedagogy

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Pedagogy

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

Constructing Identity in Web 2.0 Spaces: Understanding the Possibilities and Constraints

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

By examining the relationships between authors, audience, and content in various digital mediums and experiences, this panel discusses what it means to have a digital identity as well as examine any ethical, social, or relationship questions and paradigms across various interactive mediums.

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Defining Identity in Online Space: Problems and Provocations

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Online spaces redefine the notion of public and private spheres and the relationship between space, body, and self. The hybridity enabled by the spaces presents both provocative spaces to explore identity and problematizes the identity of those unable to speak for themselves. This panel explores how various groups of users construct, or are constructed by, their online identity.

Speaker 1: A Shift in the Construction of Self: What new social media practice means for people whose digital identities are created for them
Speaker 2: Online Voices: Reconstructing One’s Own Map Using Online Illness Narratives
Speaker 3: Redefining Space, Body, and Self in the Secular and Islamic Feminist Rhetorics of Muslim Women’s Cyber Spaces

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Multimodal Place: Soundwriting, Transcripts, and Transmedia

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel focuses on sound, transcript, and virtual world as means of interacting with place. The presentations discuss multimodal interfaces in which audio voice recordings are combined with images, music, and full transcripts of those recordings. Audio and transcript not only make verbal content more accessible, these multiple access points collapse the binary between physical and virtual places and take fuller advantage of the range of human perception.

Speaker 1: Multimodal California
Speaker 2: Composition, (Click!), Magic: Soundwriting Place On The Fly
Speaker 3: Podcasts in and around the Bay: Soundseeing Place and Multiscreening Text

Tags: Digital Spaces, Multimodal Composition

The Shape of Digital Scholars(hip)

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel questions the design of digital spaces for shaping, exploring, and questioning meaning as it resonates in digital scholarship and for digital scholars. Focusing both upon how gaming and gaming scholarship explores the design of digital spaces as well as how multimodal installations are increasingly present at conventional academic venues, our panel contemplates evolving dimensions of emergent digital scholarship in ways that promote critical inquiry, pedagogy, and pleasure. We are especially unified in our concerns for how digital spaces shape perception, identity, and new forms of rhetorical identification.

Speaker 1: bonnie lenore kyburz. on "screencube." kyburz reflects upon the emergence of a clearer sense of scholarly self as it happens within digital scholarship. Tracing experiences in unintentional scholarly status, kyburz considers extra-curricular identities as they merge with promising digital scholarly forums (C & W, Enculturation, Kairos) in ways that suggest a kind of academic “identity fidelity.” Referencing her long (tragic! thrilling! tantalizing!) experience, Burkean identification, Deleuzean emergence and time-movement concepts, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick's work on humanities publishing, post-digital turn, kyburz contextualizes her hopefully telling evolution by sharing “findings” from her first multimodal installation, “screencube,” which was displayed at the 2102 MLA session, “MoMLA: From Panel to Gallery.” kyburz will share video, interviews, and “confessional texts” from viewers, as she considers the new shape(s) of digital scholarship and performance.

Speaker 2: Pamela Andrews. Performing Reader Response Theory through Virtual Playworlds. Andrews argues that the use of virtual spaces allows readers to perform reader-response theories by creating virtual representations of the text and creating self-representations to populate it. One online forum-based role playing community, Absit Omen, creates an experimental site in which readers can create self-representations, or simulacra, to populate and interact with the text. The simulacra translate the written text of the Harry Potter series authored by J.K. Rowling into a rhetoric of performance wherein the mind and body, previously separated in classical rhetoric as argued by Jay Dolmage, are reunited to create a living text. By looking at the ratios of the pentad involved with the creation of the simulacra and the simulacra’s own performance of the text within the virtual space, she will present a framework for understanding the relationship between the reader and the text as mediated by virtual playworlds.

Speaker 3: Elizabeth Kuechenmeister. Perception = Reality:  The Rhetoric of Game Design in echochrome. Elizabeth Kuechenmeister focuses on the rhetoric of composing in the digital space of the PS3 puzzle game echochrome. She argues that the process of user-created level design is a form of embodied rhetoric and that echochrome, in particular, demonstrates how video games complicate the notion of audience as active in meaning-making because (in part) of how audience/player perception determines truth.

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Infrastructure

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

Constructing Classroom ArchiTEXTures: Dissonance, Barriers, Curation, and the Spirit of Human

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel examines several archiTEXTures that frame composing and the teaching of composing [beyond] texts. It asks in which ways ours and our students’ interactions, experiences, engagement, and resistance remediate the design and curation of cultural texts and digital spaces.

Speaker #1 Architexts, Social, Media, Culture, and the Spirit of Human
Speaker #2: We Are(n’t) Living in a Material World: Curating Texts on Pinterest
Speaker #3: Cultural Dissonance and “Sameness”: Intercultural Websites in an Introductory Technical Writing Class

Tags: Digital Spaces, Pedagogy, Social Media

My Name is YouTube and I Expose Your Secrets: ConstrucTEXTING the Underbelly of Video Cultures

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: ConstrucTEXT

This panel will examine videos related to the tragic and lasting exemplars of online video culture that are indicative of the phenomenon of exposure, a phenomenon easily grasped by considering the story of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate broadcasted a video of him having sex on YouTube.

Speaker 1: My Name is Alexandra Wallace. I Got Called Out for My Anti-Asian Rant at UCLA
Speaker 2: My Name is Tyler Clementi. I Jumped off the George Washington Bridge Because of a Video
Speaker 3: My Name is Evan Emory. My Classroom Video Turned into a Felony Sex Charge
Speaker 4: My Name is Donald Wood. My Rage at My High School Class was Posted on YouTube

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Reading, Writing, and Reconceiving Digital Comics

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Comics, graphic novels, or “juxtaposed words and images in deliberate sequence.”  Whatever you call them, new media create new spaces for the composition, circulation, and discussion of these imagetexts. In this panel, we explore the meaning-making practices of comics in digital environments: as classroom texts, interfaces, and digitally native artifacts.

Speaker 1: Analyzing Comics with Comics: First-Year Writers Meet Bitstrips
Speaker 2: From Panels to Pixels: Digital Comics in the Wild
Speaker 3: “Scribbly Lines and Peripheral Foreshadowing: What a Comics Page Can Teach Us About Composing Interfaces”

Tags: Digital Spaces, First-Year Writing Courses, Multimodal Composition

The Materiality of Digital Scholarship: Video, Poetry, Found Objects

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores various modes of expressive media from a rhetorically situated perspective. Panelists engage these media to examine their persuasive basis concerning both lived experience and culturally-positioned rhetorical arguments. Moreover, the process of construction of these media is explored as an equally important facet within the broader context.

Speaker 1: Five Virtual Canons: Time-based Media as a New(ish) Site for Rhetoric (revised version)
Speaker 2: The Dream of a Common Silence: Poetry Beyond Print Culture
Speaker 3: To preserve, digitize and project:  On the process of composing other people’s lives

Tags: Digital Spaces, Mentoring, Visual Studies

To Wix or Not to Wix: Exploring the Interface and the Affordances of Wix.com’s Website Creator

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: CREATE!

This CREATE! session will explore one of the more current and thriving freeware website creators, Wix (www.wix.com), which offers its users free online hosting space as well as a wide spectrum of design options.  Unlike other website creators, Wix provides its users varying degrees of design agency:  Wix members can do everything from simply copying and pasting sample templates to designing and molding frames and layouts in blank WYSIWYG and HTML coding formats.  The versatility and accessibility of the Wix website creator lends itself well to a wide variety of pedagogical use.  This workshop will expose its participants to those affordances and thus Wix’s pedagogical potential.

Tags: Digital Spaces, First-Year Writing Courses, Multimodal Composition

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

Breaking Down the Canon Wall: Curating Digital Texts to Create Custom, Multi-modal Anthologies

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: CREATE!

**Please Bring your own Laptop or other Internet-enabled device to follow along and develop your own Digital Anthology**

During this Create! session, I will run a tutorial introducing participants to and developing a two-tiered social bookmarking system that will produce an interactive, multi-modal Digital Anthology.

Participants will leave the session with their own personal (and customizable) Digital Anthology, techniques to find and curate Online information (including full texts, free eBooks, audio/video, and supplementary materials), using a free MindMeister and Google Account. 

Tags: Digital Spaces, Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy

Constructing Identities Online: Mommies, Mates, and Mourners

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Featured Session

New media texts allow users to embody (Lister, et al.) future roles by “putting on” linguistic and visual commonplaces related to identity performances. Testing this claim, our presentations will examine how different forms of new media allow users to construct identities and foster interaction.

Speaker 1: Writing Ourselves into Parenthood: Understanding Social and Technological Rhetorical Conventions in Online Adoption Profiles
Speaker 2: A Rhetorician’s Guide to Love: Constructing Lovers on Match.com
Speaker 3: Commemoration in 140 Characters: How Twitter has Remediated How We Remember

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Multimodal Composition

How to talk about DITA in the writing classroom (without being super rich or super geeky)

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speakers on this panel will discuss how the ever-changing digital landscape must be reflected in the tools we use in our teaching, scholarship, and production practices. Speakers will address teaching DITA in a writing classroom, extending scholarship through social media, and the need for an open paradigm for digital production.

Tags: Digital Humanities, Digital Spaces, Multiliteracies

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

"Writing Virtual Worlds in the Inform Programming Language"

Room: 1911 Building Rm 110 Session Time: Thursday Full-Day Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm Session Type: Half-Day Workshop

For educators who are interested in both computers and writing, interactive fiction games (aka text adventures) offer exciting possibilities. This workshop introduces the interactive fiction programming language Inform, which uses a syntax that resembles ordinary English.

Tags: Code Studies, Digital Spaces, Games and Gaming