2012 Conference Schedule

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

The “Googleization” of Academia and the Impact on Teaching Web Design in Writing Courses

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel focuses on one research extensive institution in the southeast, and explores the implications of a set of decisions that occurred before and after the migration to Google’s service offerings.  In adopting Google’s email and other resources (a data for security trade?), IT departments across the nation have been able to radically cut costs, and in our specific situation, this transition has resulted in an even further erosion of support for the teaching of web design in writing courses.

Tags: Infrastructure, Pedagogy, Writing Studies

Using Corpus Linguistics to Assess Student Writing

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: CREATE!

Participants will learn how to use Antconc, a free online concordancer that offers systematic analysis of recurring patterns of language use in electronic versions of student texts, either participants' own or ours.  Participants will also discuss how "move analysis" and carefully developed prompts can facilitate best use of the software.

Tags: Digital Assessment, Infrastructure

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

Designed Assumptions: Reflecting on Technology in Reading and Writing Classrooms

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

As technologies become more “invisible” in reading and writing classrooms, it is critical that educators reflect upon the implicit assumptions that are designed into such technologies. This panel will critically reflect upon technologies that are currently embedded in classrooms, highlighting the implications of these designed assumptions for accessibility and pedagogy.

Tags: Accessibility, Infrastructure

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

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

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 F: 10:00-11:15

Scaffolding learning across multiple environments

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Successfully scaffolding learning both within the university and beyond remains a challenge for educators and mentors. This panel presents the results of several studies exploring how learning is structured and sustained in a variety of contexts.

Speaker 1: Mentorship and Composing: The When of Digital and Local Infrastructures
Speaker 2: Context-Switching or Meshing?: Designing Digital Texts in/for the Classroom
Speaker 3: Undergraduates’ Temporary Technology Adoption of Software Applications in FYC and Gen Ed Digital Media Courses

Tags: Infrastructure, Mentoring, Multimodal Composition

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

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

Chasing Change: Working in Composition, Evolving Writing Technologies, and Our Quiet Mandate

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Student writers must be able to understand, engage, and perform a kind of “fluid and flexible sense of correctness,” which means writing instructors have to be continually mindful of the relationship between Composition Studies, writing technologies, and the quiet yet perceived mandate to ‘keep up,’ or chase change. This panel focuses on problems and possibilities that derive directly from such a relationship. 

Tags: Humanities Computing, Infrastructure, Materiality

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

Controversy and Composition: A Discussion of Writing in a Technologically Mediated World

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

As the millennial generation moves into the university, questions concerning the effects of technology on composition become more and more pressing. This panel will discuss the ramifications of computing and writing in a technologically mediated world, including the human cost of composition, the digitization of texts, and online course pedagogy.

Speaker 1: The Google Books Debate and its Implications on Teaching and Scholarship
Speaker 2: Deconstructing an Ill-Constructed Online Course
Tags: Digital Humanities, Humanities Computing, Infrastructure

Unbuilding ArchiTEXTured Boundaries: Five Transversals to The Work of Gregory Ulmer

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speaker 1: MEmorial ArchiTEXTure
Speaker 3: Consulting the Emeragency on Behalf of Architecture
Speaker 4: Video Games as Heuretic Generators
Speaker 5: Steampunk Electracy and Machine Rhetorics

Tags: Games and Gaming, Infrastructure, Multimodal Composition