2012 Conference Schedule

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

Composing and Constructing Student/Instructor Identities in Digital Spaces

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speaker 1: Facebook, Research Writing, and Student Identity
Speaker 2: Multimodality and Identities in Digital Terrains
Speaker 3: Developing Online Teacher Social Presence in Hybrid Writing Classes

Tags: Identity, Pedagogy, Social Media

Creation, (re)Creation, and Participation: The Indigenous Interface

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel proceeds from the argument that there is much to gain by “including American Indians in the discourse surrounding information technologies” (Haas, 2005). Speakers explore how digital interfaces—specifically web design software, social networking sites, and digital archives—are negotiated so as to encourage an active American Indian presence.

Tags: Pedagogy, Race, Social Media

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

Doing, Not Drifting: Online Tool Building As Research and Composition

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Roundtable

This roundtable will challenge the notion that online technologies should automate and commercialize education by presenting a hybrid approach to teaching and learning writing with in-class and extra-curricular layers. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate students who are actively collaborating on a multi-year research initiative to build a peer-reviewed online journal to publish undergraduate scholarship, this roundtable will respond to speculations about student disengagement. These student-researchers will argue that online social networking technologies foreground the social dimension of writing without leading students “adrift.”

Tags: Collaboration, Pedagogy, Social Media

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

Remixing the Digital: Intellectual Property in Gaming and the Classroom

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores fair use and the remixing of digital media. Panelists argue for remix as a method to create voice and new meaning, the rhetorical dimensions of intellectual property rights, and how multimodal projects allow new forms of connection in digital spaces.

Speaker 1: Same Game, New Rules: Conflating Fair Use and File Sharing
Speaker 2:The Law of Play and Infringing Avatars: Worlds.com, Inc v NCSoft Corp
Speaker 3: Digital Literacy Acquisition and Digital Resource Networking: What Are We Asking Students to Do in Multimodal Assignments?

Tags: Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy

Structural and Expressive Foundations in Multimedia Authoring

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel maps the “architextual” foundations of multimedia practices in a series of introductory courses entitled IML 140: Workshop in Multimedia Authoring at  the University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML). Housed in the School of Cinematic Arts, the IML approach is premised on the notion that students must be able to not only read and write words, but to use and critique images, sound, typography, design, networks and other media-based tools. As such, this course provides the foundation for the IML’s Minor in Digital Studies, as well as the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship Program. 

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy

Teaching and Learning through Spectacle

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel explores the participation of new media objects in the long tradition of teaching and learning through spectacle.  We consider how teacher- and student-produced media objects adapt or re-present antecedent spaces and figures.  We examine, in particular, how students are architecturally positioned to respond to pedagogical spectacle.

Speaker 1: Seeing Double: Digital Media Analogues in Spectacular Eighteenth-Century Science Displays
Speaker 2: Viral Video and the Bad Teacher
Speaker 3: Playspace Pedagogy
Speaker 4: Celebrity Pedagogy and the Famous Writers School
Speaker 5: Database Video and Response as Composition

Tags: Collaboration, Pedagogy, Visual Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Crossroad of Computers and Writing & Two-Year Colleges: A Speed Panel

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Featured Session

Considering that the 1,100 plus community colleges that enroll a total of 12.4 million students (American Association of Community College 2011 Fast Facts), are teaching a lot of writing classes, it’s time we talk about computers and writing in the two-year college setting. Not only are the students enrolled in two-year colleges generally different than their four-year counterparts, the faculty are not necessarily the same either. Specifically, these panelists are extremely interested in the following questions when two-year college faculty and students get mixed up with computers and writing:

  1. How are faculty, learning support staff, and students prepared for teaching and learning (multimodal) writing and/or in online courses?
  2. What access do faculty and students have to various (multimodal) composing, teaching, and learning technologies?
  3. How are two-year colleges supporting both faculty and students teaching and learning (multimodal) writing and/or in online courses? 
  4. How do various external pressures, both professional and personal, impact faculty and student teaching and learning?

In this speed panel we are trying to get a variety of voices making strong statements to kick off discussion. Having prepared their answers in advance, each of our panelists will have exactly two minutes to answer each of the following two questions. They will then have exactly one minute to respond to one another and then we’ll open the session to Q&A.

Tags: Community College, Pedagogy

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

Let’s Review: Design & Results of a Large-Scale Study of the Relationship Between Peer Review Quality and Writing Improvement

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

We examine rationales for teaching students to be good reviewers of others’ work in a writing course. One of these seems to relate to the nature and quality of review activity: review activity helps writers make otherwise tacit knowledge about writing more explicit, and so we would expect to see students who engage in review to improve as writers.

Tags: Digital Humanities, Pedagogy, Research and Methodology

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

Assessing digital writing: Opportunities and challenges for programs and instructors

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Roundtable

Our roundtable will lead a nuanced discussion about specific opportunities and challenges related to assessing students’ digital writing for instructors and programs. The five members of our roundtable bring a variety of expertise related to the assessment of digital writing at all levels from the individual course to the program to a university-wide system that serves local students as well as those from other institutions. We will highlight the concerns raised in our local contexts and facilitate an exchange of ideas, issues, and new approaches to the assessment of digital writing.

Tags: Digital Assessment, Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy

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

New Media, New Writing

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

New Media, and social media in particular, offer new sites for learning, literacy sponsorship, and writing. The panelists in this session explore how these outlets are being used both within the classroom and by outside organizations, to support and invigorate learning and literacy practices.

Speaker 1: Integrating Social Media into Online Educational Spaces: Modeling Professional Practice in Instructional Interactions
Speaker 2: Positioning Literacy Sponsorship in New Media
Speaker 3: Policy and User-Generated Content: Uncovering User Experience Challenges for Technical Communicators Studying the Social Web

Tags: Collaboration, Pedagogy, Social Media

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

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

Digital Composing/Resisting Possibilities in Public Schools

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Roundtable

The NC Writing Project sites have resisted the restrictive nature of digital composing in K-12 classrooms by inviting teachers and students to become digital composers and to resist the limited vision of technology that they work within. This panel explores the breakthroughs that happened when teachers work in collaboration to make digital composing available to students. 

Tags: Pedagogy, Social Action

Theorizing a new term for multi-media engagement: readers, constructors, players

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

In this panel, two undergraduate students and their professor examine what term—rather than, say, reader or writer—might best encapsulate the complex rhetorical work of engaging and constructing computer-based media. Conclusions shared came out of discussions in an upper-level composition course focused on written language in a digital era.

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Pedagogy, Writing Studies

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

Moving Beyond Print: Connecting to Basic Writers through Digital Pedagogy

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel argues that digital applications in basic writing classrooms validate and authenticate basic writers’ writing experiences by broadening the perimeters of academic writing while teaching writers standard prose that reinforces the marriage between personal experience and its affect on writing.

Tags: Community College, Digital Assessment, Pedagogy

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

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

Session Time: Thursday Full-Day Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Lost & Found in the Wonderland of Mobile Learning


Room: Tompkins G121 Session Time: Thursday Full-Day Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm Session Type: Full-Day Workshop
Tags: Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy, Social Media

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

Using Postprocess Pedagogy to Support E-Portfolio Assessment

Room: Tompkins 110 Session Time: Thursday Half-Day Workshop A: 9:00am-12:00pm Session Type: Half-Day Workshop
Tags: Digital Assessment, Multimodal Composition, Pedagogy