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

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

“But I Can’t Find That in the MLA Guide”: Teaching Digital Citation Rhetorically

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Roundtable

The complexity of citing sources and defining plagiarism in a convergence culture (Jenkins, 2006) is being productively explored through Jamieson and Howard’s Citation Project, and other scholars have investigated the rhetorical function of citation both inside (for example, Davis 2000 and Knight-Davis & Sung 2008) and outside the classroom (for example, Conners 1999, Rose 1993 and 1999). Little attention in our field has been paid to the “how” of citation, however, leaving teachers to fall back on the “find an example, and copy it” method of instruction. This roundtable argues that we must revise the way we teach students how to cite.

Tags: First-Year Writing Courses, Multiliteracies, Pedagogy

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

Ethics in Online Spaces

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores the role that online spaces and digital media play in constructing our perception of self and other. While online spaces can provide possibilities for empowerment and self-definition, they can also be repressive spaces that distance and negatively characterize disenfranchised groups. Thus, for teachers hoping to impart their students with a critical understanding of online spaces, ethical literacy is an essential component.

Speaker 1: “I Didn’t Think about That”: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Ethical Literacy in  Writing Instruction
Speaker 2:The New Scarlet Letter A: The Power of Online Informational Websites to Silence & “Brand” the Autism Community
Speaker 3: The Pedagogy of Race in the Digital ‘Post-Anti-Essentialist’ Turn.

Tags: First-Year Writing Courses, Multiliteracies, Pedagogy

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

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

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 E: 8:30-9:45

Me Teacher, You Expert: The Promises and Practices of Digital Nativity

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel tests digital nativity as a pedagogical approach and attempts to find its limits as a tool for theorizing students' relationships with digital technology. As teachers at a regional state university, the panelists teach a primarily first-generation college student population that responds positively to exercises that build their confidence in writing with technology, and yet both panelists are uncomfortable with the term "digital natives" in its colonial implications, as well as its inaccurate suggestions about the assumed technological mastery of students.

Tags: Digital Humanities, First-Year Writing Courses, 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: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30

Digitizing the Genre of Course Documents and Assessments

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

This panel examines the new affordances that digital media provide when building course documents and how digitizing these documents calls for a new interpretation of their genre. Panelists explore how to better design student reflections that focus on their writing process rather than a self-assessment, and explore how the genre of course documents evolves within the space of digital media.

Speaker 1: The Awful Exigency: Becoming ArchiTEXTs of Our Own Design
Speaker 2: It’s a Road Map:  Instructors Use of the Spatial in the Design & Delivery of Course Documents

Tags: First-Year Writing Courses, Multimodal Composition, Writing Studies

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

Digital Literacies in FYC Classrooms: Enhancing Understanding, Engagement, and Transfer

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Recent developments in transfer studies from first-year composition have considered the contextual implications of transfer, where the transfer of writing-related knowledge is viewed as dependent on FYC instructors, students, and classroom environments. Taking these contextual implications into account, we suggest that introducing digital literacies into the writing classroom as a way of helping students operationalize rhetorical concepts can help instructors bridge the gap between the writing that students do in the classroom and the writing that they will produce in future contexts.

Tags: First-Year Writing Courses, 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

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

Brain/Position/Play - Strategies for the Next Generation of Pedagogy

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel discusses methodologies that engage students with the personal, cognitive, and active pedagogies demanded in the 21st century, digitized writing classroom.  Through discussion of experience, strategy, and research, we seek to cover a series of methods, that, as whole, can better effect knowledge and strategy retention.

Speaker 1: Made for the Brain: Cognitive, Multimodal Instructional Materials for the First-Year Writing Classroom
Speaker 2: Find Your Position: Using Online Applications to Demonstrate Writing Processes

Tags: First-Year Writing Courses, Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy

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 Half-Day Workshop B: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Screencap Your Feedback: Using Screen Capture Technology to Provide Audio-Visual Feedback to Writers

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop B: 1:00pm-4:00pm Session Type: Half-Day Workshop
Tags: Digital Assessment, First-Year Writing Courses, Multimodal Composition