Theorizing Writing in Digital Spaces: From Romance Genre to the “Secondary Orality”

These are my rough notes, nearly liveblogged (posted as soon as I had access to WiFi in the lobby). Paul Rogers and Andrea Lunsford, “Writing Lives in a Digital Landscape: Investigating the Boundaries between Extracurricular and Academic Writing in Higher Education” Stephanie Moody, “Virtual Relations: Exploring the Literacy Practices of a Romance Genre eCommunity.” Wendy Brownson, “New Media Literacy within an Era of Secondary Orality.”

Crossing Our C’s: New Media Communication, Composition and Creative Writing

Here are my rough notes, almost liveblogged (posted when I passed through the lobby and had momentary access to WiFi). Laura K. Smith, journalism; TV news background and PR. English and communication arts program. Journalism and j-education going through turmoil as the profession changes in life-altering ways. Technology, convergence, multi platform; changes in our revenue streams; PEW Project for Excellence in Journalism, newspaper revenues down 41% in 3 years, TV magazines and radio, even online dropped; only cable news didn’t drop. Local news organizations are cutting back, which affect entry-level jobs. Does “citizen journalist” eliminate the need for specialized training?…

Designing Education: What Video Game Designers and Rhetoricians Can Learn From Each Other

Overheard as people settle in… “Are we ARGing or LARPing?” These are my rough notes, very lightly edited. Looks like 50 or 60 people — a good crowd. Liz Losh and Bonnie Lenore Kyburz are presenting in separate panels elsewhere… I hope somebody’s blogging there. Chair Matt Davis Samantha Blackmon Designing Education: What Video Game Designer and Compositionists Can Learn From Each Other Refers to Bogost’s def of procedural rhetoric (a technique for making arguments with computational systems, and unpacking arguments others have made). Any of us who do games as a scholarly endeavor have to justify our process; procedural…

Rubrics, Peer Response, and Student Self-Assessment

These are very rough notes; not liveblogged, but posted as I walked through the lobby and got a free wifi connection. SRO Scott Geisel, “Analytical Steps toward Creating Self-Sufficient Writers: Rubrics, Peer Response, and Self Assessment” (Comp and business writing.) There isn’t much research into peer review. Cindy Selfe: “I can’t believe we’re still asking students to do that.” Observes that teachers often comment that the peer review doesn’t always go well. What makes peer review difficult? Students are more committed when accountable. A required comp course requires much more direction and motivation than a course with committed writers. Students…

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC 2011)

I am in Atlanta for the big annual conference for writing teachers. I did not attend last year because of a family conflict, but I have attended (and presented in some manner) almost every year since… hm… I’d have to look on my c.v., which I can’t do because the WiFi access is restricted. I was on my way to the opening general session when I ran into a former undergraduate student who is now a couple chapters away from finishing his dissertation. I never made it to the general session.