2012 Conference Schedule

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

The Architexture of Tumblr

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speaker 1: "The Revolution will (not) be organized: Tagging as Social and Rhetorical Practice in Tumblr"
Speaker 2: "Distinctively Similar: Collectively Assembling the Tumblr Ethos"
Speaker 3: "The Craft of Tumbling: Tumblr as Multi-Modal Digital Scrapbook"

Tags: Materiality, Social Media, Writing 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

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

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

“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 F: 10:00-11:15

The ArchiTEXTure of Praxis: Context, Brain, and Technologies in the Writing Classroom

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Increasingly, writing and new media construction have become “radically distributed” acts. With this in mind, this panel discusses the need for instructors to take a closer look at the “situated cognition” of students in helping them understand knowledge economies, the architecture of the brain and strategy retention, and the affordances of peer-to-peer technologies.

Speaker 1: Using the Economics of Information to Help Students Understand Digital Texts and Digital Information Spaces
Speaker 2: Architexture of the Mind: The Exigency of Cognitive Perspectives in the New Media Classroom
Speaker 3: Inventing knowledge through peer-to-peer technologies:  shared knowledge structures

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Scholarship, Writing Studies

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

The Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide: Building a Commons

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Roundtable

In this roundtable session, the presenters will start a conversation that will:

1. Reflect on how a conference/unconference commons developed this text, and on the value of an open-access text book.
2. Encourage participants to talk about how they are using the WWSG in the classroom.
3. Consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different formats through which WWSG is published: HTML, PDF, and EPUB.
4. Invite roundtable attendees to help plan for, and eventually participate in WWSG version 2.0, a project that will begin in July 2012.

Tags: Collaboration, Open Source, Writing Studies

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

Technology Effects/Writing Effects: Materiality, Consequentiality, and Mobility

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel presentation considers theoretical, methodological, and productive intersections between materiality and technology, particularly within the context of digital writing writ large, as well as their ethical implications.

Speaker 1: The Technology Effect
Speaker 2: The Materiality Effect
Speaker 3: The Augmented Reality Effect
Speaker 4: The Old New Media Effect

Tags: Materiality, Visual Studies, Writing Studies

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 J: 10:30-11:45

Embracing the Messiness of Digital Praxis: Rhetoric, Efficiency, and Administrative Decisions about Digital Design and Online Writing Instruction

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

To study the decisions made for writing courses, we propose using the concepts Efficient Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Efficiency to understand the commonplaces that support certain ideologies over others.

Introduction: Rhetoric and Efficiency
Speaker 1: Can You Teach Me Now? The In/Efficiencies of Online Writing Instruction
Speaker 2: My Tower is Leaning: The Perils an Inefficient Pedagogy of Digital Design

Tags: Multimodal Composition, Writing Program Administration, Writing Studies

Putting Our Multimedia Where Our Mouth Is: The Architexture of a New MA Concentration

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Panel title: Building New Architextures: Three Approaches to Institutional Realization of the Digital Turn

Panel abstract: By explaining initiatives from three distinct institutional sites—the English MA, the university writing center, and the HBCU—these panelists share approaches to creating curricular, physical, and online spaces that support digital multimodal composing. Taken together, they argue a necessary step to enacting institutional change is architextual innovation.

Speaker 1: Putting Our Multimedia Where Our Mouth Is: The Architexture of a New MA Concentration
Speaker 2: Social Future, Social Center:  Constructing a Multiliteracy Center Within a University Learning Commons
Speaker 3: Under Construction: HBCUsOnline.com and the Future Implications of the Historically Black Institutio

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Humanities, Writing Studies