2012 Conference Schedule

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

Foundations & Frames: Enabling & Sustaining Curricular and Pedagogical Structures for Multimodal Composition

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Featured Session

How do we best make textual-to-digital transitions from a curricular perspective? In a multilingual society, how can multimodal composition foster language diversity? Who bears the costs of integrating technology and multimodality into our pedagogy? Building upon Chomseky, Gee, Goggin and Trimbur, this panel explores these questions in conjunction with digital/multimodal composition.

Speaker 1: Using Multimodal Composition to Foster Language Diversity
Speaker 2: At What Price? Cost-shifting and Corporatization in Composition
Speaker 3: Complex Construction: Digital Literacies in First-Year Writing Curricula

Tags: Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition, Writing Program Administration

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

“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

ArchiTEXTure of Invention in Two Writing Centers: New Media and the Multimodal Invention Process

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

We explore in what ways the invention process of video composition may be different from that of traditional written texts. Pressing questions include:
What ways can we think about invention processes and visual semiotics? How can we encourage students to become inventive through visual conceptualizations?
What is the role of architecture in the invention process of new media products? What meaning does the physical space of interaction have in new media invention?

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition

The Problem Is Local: How Looking at Computers Sometimes Stops Us From Seeing Writing

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

The situations of students' networked writing increasingly require us to rethink spaces of representation and value as enacted in conventional dichotomies between "local" and "global" and between "online" and "real life." Each panelist demonstrates how these conventional dichotomies are becoming increasingly fraught.

Tags: Materiality, Multiliteracies, Writing Studies

Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30

Catalysts and Cataclysms: Personal, Institutional, Pedagogical Narratives of the Digital Text

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

As panelists, we use personal and scholarly narrative and multi-media performance to explore how the underpinnings of “writing” shift in the production of digital texts. Collectively, we argue for a wider affective and non-discursive (Murray) rhetorical lens for theorizing the production of digital scholarly texts and digital writing assignments.  It is our goal to challenge our audience, as we challenge ourselves and our students, to understand the production of digital texts as a series of generative leaps, rather than as a flow, from text to the screen.

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Multiliteracies, Writing Studies

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

O Brave NUI World!: Exploring the Implications of Embodied Computing for Digital Rhetoric and Writing

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

We are on the verge of a paradigm shift in mainstream computing.  The era of the graphical-user interface is waning and will soon be eclipsed by a wide range of natural-user interface technologies, NUIs. Replacing the centrality of the keyboard, mouse, and desktop metaphor are a growing range of computers that are touch- and gesture-activated.  This panel comprises six presenters in order to offer a wide range of perspectives on an emerging issue. Each presentation will be limited to 6-7 minutes leaving plenty of time for discussion.

Tags: Identity, Multiliteracies, Visual Studies

“Toward a Theory of Digital and Multimodal Course Design”

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel focuses on theories and practices informing course designs. Questions it addresses are: What conceptual frameworks inform our course designs? What pedagogies inform our delivery of these courses? How do frameworks and pedagogies shape students’ experiences in the classroom and their understanding of digital and multimodal rhetoric and writing?

Speaker 1: Vision, Rhetoric, and Social Action: Crafting a Theoretical Backdrop for the Multimodal/Multimedia/Multigenre Course
Speaker 2: Integrating Multimodal Composition into the "Writing" Class: A Framework for Teaching and Assessment
Speaker 3: Professional Tip of the Day: Performing an Editorial Pedagogy Makes You A Better Teacher–Editor
Speaker 4: Multimodal Pedagogy in the Wild: Considering Contributions of the Organic Intellectuals

Tags: Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition, Writing Studies

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

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

The Naming and Locating of Multimodal Texts

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel delves into the meaning behind "multimodal," exploring what the term means to scholars along with the "where" and "how" regarding the composing of multimodal texts. Through interviews, analysis of scholarship, and critical inquiry into the sites of multimodal composing, panelists argue for the most productive ways to classify multimodal texts and what their creation looks like in practice.

Speaker 1: What's in a Name?: The Anatomy of a Definining New/Multi/Modal/Digital/Media Texts
Speaker 2: Viewing Writing as a Medium in College Composition
Speaker 3: Bricks, Bits, and Pixels: Spaces for digital composing

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition

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

The Available Means of Composing: Four Sites of Inquiry

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

Presenters define the “available means of composing” through inquiry at four sites of multimodal composing: an upper-level undergraduate course in 21st Century writing, an upper-level undergraduate course that uses an approach to teaching programming as composition, a university multiliteracy center, and the site of the creation of a vernacular memorial.

Tags: Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition, Writing Studies

Ways of (Sonic) Being: Composing and Performing Sonic Rhetorics

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: ConstrucTEXT

We’ve designed this performance to playfully affect our shared “ways of being.” We’ll test the boundaries of the comprehensible and rhetorical, embrace and disdain musical genealogies and genres, and enact sounds (and silences) that challenge notions of musical communication. Discussion will follow as we articulate our approaches, influences, and choices.

Tags: Collaboration, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition

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

Textual Relations, Digital Creations: Readers, Writers, Players, Texts

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores the multiple layers and connections of audience-text relations in digital spaces, where shifting readerly and writerly positions and interests complicate composing and meaning-making, as well as some of the familiar logics and ecologies of the composition classroom.

Speaker 1: Toward a More Comprehensive Theory of Audience: The Hypersocial-Interactive Model of Writing
Speaker 2: Same Audience, Same Argument, Different Form? Exploring the Rhetorical Affordances of Genre and Medium
Speaker 3: "Player 2": Mixing Gameplay and Audience Heuristics
Speaker 4: Stomp Box Logic: Toward a Language of Loops, Feedback, and Layers

Tags: Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy

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

Hacking the Classroom: A Roundtable of Lightning Talks

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Roundtable

With hacking in mind, these panelists (who hail from disparate institutions, levels, and disciplines) will briefly engage the following questions: “Why does the higher ed classroom need to be hacked, and how might we hack it?” They will also provide particular examples of their own hacking practices, or their aspirations to hack the classroom at their respective institutions, while addressing some obstacles, enthusiasms, and curiosities encountered along the way.

Tags: Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarships, Multiliteracies

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

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

Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop A: 9:00am-12:00pm

The Sights and Sounds of ArchiTEXTure: Modeling Multimodal Composition

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop A: 9:00am-12:00pm Session Type: Half-Day Workshop

Presenters from the Noel Studio invite attendees to explore the aural and visual components of composition studies. In this workshop, attendees will work in small groups to discuss, collect, and create sounds and images to develop their own multimodal definitions of archiTEXTure. Attendees are encouraged to create accounts and familiarize themselves with Prezi at www.prezi.com prior to the workshop.

Tags: Collaboration, Multiliteracies, Multimodal Composition